With injuries and transfers currently leaving OSU with just nine healthy players, the Cowgirls have needed Toben. At a lean 6-foot-3, Toben mostly plays on the wing and can knock down the outside jumper. She averages 3.8 points in 10 minutes per game and is shooting 47 percent from the 3-point line.
Though what Toben brings most, Littell said, is basketball smarts.
“She the best player on the team as far as attention to detail,” he said. “That's what allows her to her to be successful. When you're talking, she's watching and listening to everything. When another player is corrected, she's taking it all in.
“Those types of players have always flourished with me.”
So far this season, Toben has hit four 3-pointers in a matchup against Texas Southern. She entered the game early against Baylor in Waco and admitted it's cool to say she played against Brittney Griner. In the Cowgirls' rout of Iowa State last Sunday, the OSU bench went bonkers when Toben drilled a shot from long distance.
“I think it's just because people didn't expect it out of me, which makes it even more cool,” Toben said. “When people doubt you, you just want to prove them wrong. I'm someone that just walked in from nowhere.”
Toben never expected all of this when she decided to try to take her game from the rec center to Gallagher-Iba Arena. But she's thankful for the experience.
“I was just happy to be a part of the team,” she said. “Everything's a blessing beyond that, just actually getting in and getting to contribute and be a part of the success.”