STILLWATER — Oklahoma State got out of Stillwater last week, playing its first game outside of Gallagher-Iba Arena in a 75-56 blowout of South Florida in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Cowgirls' current trip, however, is quite longer. OSU players and coaches boarded a bus around 6 a.m. Tuesday to travel to the Puerto Rico Classic, where the Cowgirls will face Michigan State at 1 p.m. Thursday and Georgia Tech at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Coach Jim Littell talked to The Oklahoman before departing about what he's expecting on that trip.
What are the keys to managing such a long trip?
“The rest that you get (before the trip) is gonna be very crucial … it's very important that we get proper rest before we leave, and then when we get over there that we have good preparation.”
What are your early impressions of Michigan State?
“By far the best team we've played so far. Very skilled and long. Maybe not quite as athletic as South Florida, but they shoot the ball extremely well. They run their man offense and their zone offense and they read the defense very well. Probably the best player that we've faced so far in (Annalise) Pickrel. They've got good guard play. They've lost some games when they lost their point guard … they've lost at Notre Dame. They've lost at Florida State. They've lost at Virginia Tech. So three of their four losses have come against very good opponents on the road, so their record's a little misleading. They've played a big-time schedule.”