Oklahoma State women's basketball: OSU rolls by South Florida

Saturday marked the Cowgirls' smallest margin of victory this season. And yet, it was still a blowout, as 14th-ranked OSU rolled by South Florida 75-56 at the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
by Gina Mizell Published: December 14, 2013
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Jim Littell proclaimed that his Oklahoma State squad didn't operate as well as normal on offense.

The Cowgirl coach was absolutely right. Saturday marked the Cowgirls' smallest margin of victory this season.

And yet, it was still a blowout, as 14th-ranked OSU rolled by South Florida 75-56 at the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Just shows the heightened expectations for a Cowgirl squad expected to contend in the Big 12 this season.

“We were a little sluggish offensively compared to what we normally are, but we've been off for 13 days,” Littell said. “But when the ball wasn't going in and we were struggling a little bit offensively, we continued to guard on the other end and didn't relinquish any lead.

“We've always told our team if we're struggling a little bit offensively to play harder on the defensive end, and I thought we did that.”

The result is an 8-0 start for the Cowgirls for the fourth season in a row. No game has been close.

And while the schedule has featured a decent dose of typical early season cupcakes, OSU has also played two power conference schools in USC and South Florida. This Bulls squad, specifically, beat Texas Tech on its home floor in the NCAA Tournament last season and had California, which made the Final Four, on the ropes in the second round.

The Cowgirls started both halves slow, missing six of their first nine shots and tallying just one field goal in the first 3:30 of the second half. Still, OSU finished with four players in double figures.

Point guard Tiffany Bias used a mix of drives to the basket and pullup jumpers to finish with 16 points. The Cowgirls ran a heavy dose of isolation plays for Brittney Martin, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals. LaShawn Jones provided strength inside with 10 points. And Liz Donohoe led the Cowgirls with 18, bringing her normal outside shooting but also occasionally put the ball on the floor.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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