The surging Oklahoma State Cowgirl basketball team, with its sparkling 11-0 nonconference record, is off to the best start in program history.
But to continue its undefeated ways, the 13th-ranked team in the nation now faces an entirely different challenge -- the gauntlet that is Big 12 play.
It begins against Texas Tech in Stillwater on Wednesday night, before a weekend trip to Waco for a shot at Brittney Griner and the defending champion Baylor Lady Bears.
But Toni Young and the Cowgirls believe they're ready to compete with the conference's elite.
Recently named tournament MVP and Big 12 player of the Week for her performance in the Surf 'N Slam Classic title in San Diego, the senior forward heads into her final conference season playing some of the best basketball of her career.
And before it begins, Young talked about the team's hot start and the challenges that lie ahead:
You guys are coming off a big tournament win down in San Diego. What did that do for the team?
I think it was great because it gave us a nice precursor to the Big 12 conference. The last team we played (San Diego State), they were a great team, with shooters all around. I think they could compete in the Big 12, so it was a good game to play right before conference season started.
You were the MVP of the tournament. How'd you feel about your play?
The first game, I don't really know how I got my numbers. I thought I played really bad. But the second game I was able to lock in and perform well for my team.
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Texas Tech at No. 13 Oklahoma State
* When: 7 p.m. Wednesday
* Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater
* TV: None
* Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1