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Oklahoma State women's basketball: No place like home for Cowgirls' Tiffany Bias

Oklahoma State is at home and it will play Kansas — which is extra motivation for the Cowgirls' star point guard.
By Gina Mizell Published: January 7, 2013
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photo - WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU's Tiffany Bias (3) poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: OSU's Tiffany Bias (3) poses for a photo during basketball media day for Oklahoma State University at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“It is two very good point guards, and they're both highly competitive,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “… We need to win that matchup.”

Added Bias: “(I need to) keep her in front, don't let her get easy looks. Use my screens well (on offense), and make sure I'm listening to my post players and when the screen's coming (on defense). Just reading (the floor) and just playing smart. Not trying to do too much. Just to play the game.”

Bias acknowledges she did consider Kansas, like most Big 12 schools, during the recruiting process. But she doesn't personally know any of the players on the Jayhawks' roster from her high school or club basketball days.

So maybe the name front of the jersey does create an extra jolt of inspiration for Bias. But as the floor leader and veteran player, Bias knows it's more important for the Cowgirls to stop their skid at two games and protect their home court.

“I don't think it's pressure,” Bias said. “I think that we're a great team, and I believe that. So the game that we lost, our first game at home (against Tech), we were shocked. But we made a lot of adjustments, and we're going to come out ready to play at home.”