Oklahoma State women's basketball: Iowa State will be dialed in for Cowgirls

Oklahoma State put together arguably its best performance of the season against Iowa State in January, trouncing a ranked Cyclones squad at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
by Gina Mizell Published: March 3, 2013
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photo - OSU: Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell shouts at Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OSU: Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell shouts at Oklahoma State's Toni Young (15) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and TCU at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Oklahoma State won 76-59. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State put together arguably its best performance of the season against Iowa State in January, trouncing a ranked Cyclones squad 71-42 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Cowgirl coach Jim Littell doesn't usually buy into “revenge” games, but he knows ISU probably hasn't forgotten that result as the Cyclones prepare for their rematch against OSU in Ames Monday night.

“They're going to be locked in,” Littell said. “It's a program with a lot of pride, and you know that Coach (Bill) Fennelly has reminded them of (what happened in the last game). We better be ready when we step between the lines, because Iowa State will be.”

Littell spoke with The Oklahoman about the Cowgirls' regular-season finale and the challenges of playing in one of the Big 12's most hostile women's basketball environments.

How will the quick turnaround following Saturday's win against Texas affect preparation for Monday's game?

“It's going to be more mental preparation than physical preparation. We're going to watch a lot of film. We've got some people that are beat up a little bit right now. They'll be fine.”



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