STILLWATER — Toni Young had a shooting performance to forget against Kansas, hitting just six of her 20 attempts from the floor in Oklahoma State's 65-52 victory in Lawrence on Saturday night.
But the Cowgirls' leading scorer impacted the game in other ways, with 15 rebounds and four blocks to add to her 15 points.
Young talked about to The Oklahoman's Gina Mizell about OSU's most recent road trip, her performance so far this season and the Cowgirls' upcoming game against Big 12 newcomer West Virginia.
Where does your mindset go when you're having a night like Saturday, where your shot just isn't falling?
“Usually, I'm a scorer. But if I'm not scoring, I have to help my team somewhere else, even if it's rebounding or getting tips on the ball. Something other than just going to score.”
What did your team learn on this last road trip, where you responded from an overtime loss to Kansas State with a victory over Kansas?
“It was big for us, because we had to make a comeback somewhere. I think it just shows that our team never gives up, regardless of a loss. We let that go and then we keep playing for the next game.”
As a senior, you've gone through the Big 12 schedule multiple times. But you've never played against West Virginia. What have you seen on film from that team?
“They play just like a Texas A&M. Physical team. They're a very big team and very athletic. I think that's what (OSU) is about also.”
How would you assess your season so far?
“I think I still have another level to go. I think I'm doing OK. But to be a senior, you have to play your role, and my role is to rebound and score when I need to. It can always get better.”
Where do you think you've grown the most as a player this season?
“I think I'm more consistent on my scoring. Last year and my sophomore year, I had up and down games. One game, I'd score 20. One game, I'd have four or five points. This year, I've been more consistent on averaging a good amount each game.”
With your 15 rebounds against Kansas, you reached the 900 mark for your career. What does that milestone mean to you?
“I just feel like that's my job, to rebound. So that's not such a big number until (sports information director Ryan Cameron) told me there's only four women that have done that here. Then you realize, ‘Oh, maybe I am doing a little something here and there.'”
What's going to be the biggest key to getting a victory against West Virginia?
“Outhustling them. They're a hustle team, and we have to outhustle them and don't let their physicality stop us.”