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Oklahoma State women’s basketball: Pre-West Virginia news and notes

Gina Mizell Modified: April 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013

Some leftover items from my notebook before Oklahoma State takes on West Virginia in a key Big 12 matchup:

FIRST TRIP TO MORGANTOWN, OKLAHOMA WEATHER CAUSES SCHEDULE SHIFT

OSU on Tuesday made its first-ever venture out to Morgantown, the outpost of the Big 12. That made creating a road trip itinerary a bit more complicated.

Because of the long travel — and because of Tuesday’s snowfall — the Cowgirls left Stillwater Tuesday morning and practiced at West Virginia later that day.

“It’s kind of like preseason, when you’re playing against all these teams from around the country,” OSU forward Toni Young said. “You’ve just got to take it like any other game, kind of not focus so much on the traveling.”

LITTELL CREATING PRESSURE SITUATIONS IN PRACTICE

OSU coach Jim Littell was not pleased with the way the Cowgirls responded to falling behind late in the first half against Oklahoma, a game in which the Sooners used a monster second period to cruise to an 80-61 victory.

That was all reflected in Monday’s practice, where a lengthy team drill always began with the Cowgirls down four points to the scout team with five minutes to play.

“Trying to work in situations and realize, ‘OK, you’re down. You’ve got to stay together and you’ve got to run smart offense, you’ve got to take advantage of every possession,’ Littell said. “We’ve been pretty good this year when we’re ahead, but when we’ve fallen behind we haven’t handled things.

“So we’re trying to simulate things in practice that put us in a situation where we’ve got to be extremely smart and take care of the basketball and handle pressure.”

RESERVE FORWARD TOBEN EARNS ALL-BIG 12 ACADEMIC HONORS, GETS ACCEPTED TO PHARMACY SCHOOL

Cowgirl reserve forward Morgan Toben was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team Tuesday, an honor reserved for players who have maintained a 3.0 grade-point average or higher (either cumulative or for previous two semesters) and participated in at least 60 percent of their team’s games.

It’s been a good couple academic weeks for Toben, a surprising walk-on-turned-scholarship-contributor for this season’s squad. She was recently accepted to pharmacy school, meaning she will forgo her final two seasons of athletic eligibility to focus on her studies starting this fall.

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