STILLWATER — Tiffany Bias swarmed Texas-Arlington guard Malaika Green on the left wing near the Oklahoma State bench, eventually ripping the ball away and dishing to Brittney Martin for the transition layup.
Cowgirl coach Jim Littell had asked his team to increase its defensive intensity heading into Game 2 of the 2013-14 season, and OSU provided that in a 74-35 blowout victory Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“You want to get up and pressure and be up and under (the player you're guarding),” Bias said, “not just be five feet off and just swinging your arms everywhere. Our guards have really practiced on doing that, and it paid off and it showed in the game.”
OSU allowed just 12 second-half points, helping the Cowgirls build a lead as large as 43. They out-rebounded Texas-Arlington 55-32 and held the Mavericks to 1-of-13 shooting behind the 3-point line. The Cowgirls had better positioning on the floor and a better effort overall, Littell said.
And Bias, as usual, was the spark behind the pressure on the perimeter. She tallied six steals, just two days after swiping seven in the season opener against Lamar. That all has helped ignite OSU's transition game, which finished Sunday with 24 fast break points.
None of that is a surprise to Littell. He's asked Bias to use her speed and athleticism to take more chances on the defensive end this season.