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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Tiffany Bias, Cowgirls to open season of high expectations with Lamar

Senior Tiffany Bias has worked to refine parts of her game during the offseason, and she has a group of youngsters to groom, including freshmen Roshunda Johnson and Lakota Beatty.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) passes around Texas' Celina Rodrigo (2) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 2, 2013. OSU won, 64-58. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) passes around Texas' Celina Rodrigo (2) during a women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Texas at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 2, 2013. OSU won, 64-58. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — This is the beginning of the end for Tiffany Bias.

Not that Oklahoma State's four-year starter at point guard is thinking about that.

“I'm more focused on getting the team ready, especially we have a lot of young ones,” said Bias, referring to the Cowgirls' eight newcomers. “I'm trying to lead them the right way. So I'm really just excited to see how good we can be.”

That journey starts Friday, when Bias appears in her 100th career game and the No. 21 Cowgirls open a season full of high expectations with a matinee showdown against Lamar at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Bias already returns as one of the top players in the Big 12 and beyond, with ESPN.com this week ranking the senior as one of the nation's top 5 point guards.

She's been scoring (12 points per game last season), distributing (6.5 assists) and defending (2.3 steals) since being thrust into a starting job as a freshman. She's on pace to pass Andrea Riley as OSU's all-time leader in assists this season. And she's known for her tenacious motor and never losing a wind sprint during practice.

Yet she's worked to refine parts of her game during the offseason. Cowgirl coach Jim Littell asked her to concentrate on her outside shot. She's learning to change speeds — rather than always going her natural pace of 100 mph — to allow plays to develop and teammates to get open. And Littell said she could still improve her decision-making at times, such as when to drive hard to the basket and then when to kick it out to a teammate.

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