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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Liz Donohoe keeps free-throw shooting simple

Donohoe stands as one of women's college basketball's elite foul shooters, ranking second nationally with a 94.9 percentage (74-of-78). She's one-tenth of a percent behind leader Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: February 4, 2013
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So, how'd Donohoe become nearly automatic from the free throw line?

She's always had a natural stroke, which is why she's been such a dangerous outside shooter on the wing for the Cowgirls.

But it's also an area of her game she works at on her own, in addition to free throw drills each practice.

During those private sessions, she'll usually put up between 50 and 75 free throws. If she misses more than five of those attempts, she'll start over.

She doesn't have to do that very often these days.

“You don't see a lot of players anymore that just go shoot a ton of free throws, and she's done that,” Littell said. “I think that's what makes it special.”

Added Donohoe: “I'm a perfectionist. It's good sometimes, but it's also a curse as well.”

In a way, Donohoe's approach at the line sums up her entire on-court mindset — a strive for perfection. Littell calls that his only real critique of Donohoe's game, because she sometimes puts unnecessary pressure on herself.

That had been happening during much of the first half of Big 12 play, which prompted Littell to have a talk with Donohoe before Saturday's contest against No. 1 Baylor about, simply, relaxing. She responded with 24 points, her highest total in seven games.

She also — gasp — missed one of her seven free-throw attempts against the Lady Bears.

“Just start a new streak now,” Littell said.