STILLWATER — Toni Young wasn't shy about her assessment of her performance in Oklahoma State's season opener against Cal Poly.
“I played bad tonight,” she said. “…I don't think I was at where I was last year. I think I still have a lot more improvement.”
A double-double qualifies as a bad night?
Young scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the No. 23 Cowgirls rolled to a 90-59 basketball victory Friday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
But Young's frank — negative, even — evaluation of her game could be a positive sign for the Cowgirls. OSU coach Jim Littell said that shows Young is looking at other aspects like defense and offensive rebounding. Young has always had top-notch athleticism, but coaches have stressed that she needs to combine that ability with constant top-notch effort in her senior season.
“She's taking pride in that and getting better at it,” Littell said. “That's what'll make her more of a complete player. For her to acknowledge now that, ‘Hey, I'm not guarding as well as I can,' that tells you it's becoming more important to her.”
Young led a balanced scoring attack for the Cowgirls, as five other players — Liz Donohoe (16 points), Brittney Martin (15), Tiffany Bias (12), Lindsey Keller (10) and Kendra Suttles (10) — finished in double figures.