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Oklahoma State women's basketball notebook: Jim Littell had no doubt Tiffany Bias wouldn't let ankle stop her

Tiffany Bias showed little issue with the injury to start the game. She finished the first half 4-of-6 from the field with 11 points.
BY TYLER JAMES, For The Oklahoman Published: March 29, 2014

photo - Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias dribbles during an NCAA women's college basketball tournament practice at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Friday, March 28, 2014. Oklahoma State plays Notre Dame on Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Oklahoma State guard Tiffany Bias dribbles during an NCAA women's college basketball tournament practice at the Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Friday, March 28, 2014. Oklahoma State plays Notre Dame on Saturday. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Any concern about the left ankle of Tiffany Bias before Saturday’s Sweet 16 game came only from outside the Oklahoma State women's basketball team.

OSU coach Jim Littell had little doubt that Bias, who tweaked the ankle in Monday's second-round victory over Purdue, would be ready to go against Notre Dame.

“There was no way she wasn’t going to play in this game,” Bias said. “She would have walked out there with a broken leg. I’ve never had a young lady in 37 years of coaching that gives more, expects more of herself and is a better teammate than this young lady.”

Bias showed little issue with the injury to start the game. She finished the first half 4-of-6 from the field with 11 points.

“It was one of those things that was all adrenaline,” Bias said. “I wasn’t too worried about it when I started playing and getting warmed up and getting loose. I didn’t feel it at all during the game.”

Bias recorded a team-high 17 points and 11 assists in her final game in an Oklahoma State uniform. She ends her career starting the last 111 games for the Cowgirls.

“She’s taken our program to new levels from being an NIT team to the Sweet 16,” Littell said. “It all falls on what this young lady has done and how she’s lead over the years. I’m very proud of what’s she’s accomplished.”

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