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Oklahoma State women's basketball: Toni Young leads Cowgirls to victory in season opener

Despite good numbers, the OSU star insists she has room for improvement
Gina Mizell Published: November 9, 2012

photo - Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) tries to get around Cal Poly's Ariana Elegado (5) during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at  Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias (3) tries to get around Cal Poly's Ariana Elegado (5) during the women's college basketball game between Oklahoma State and Cal Poly at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

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.

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