OSU women's basketball: Cowgirls set for WNIT opener

by John Helsley Published: March 15, 2012
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As junior center Lindsey Keller digested just how close her Cowgirls were to making the NCAA Tournament – and they were thisclose – a sick feeling started to spread.

“I felt physically ill,” Keller said. “It was so heartbreaking, to see yourself that close and not get in, ugh.

“You go back and think, ‘What little thing could I have done to help win one more game? One more win is all we needed.'”

Or so it seemed, with Oklahoma State listed among the “next four” teams under consideration for an at-large berth, instead leaving the Cowgirls to settle for a spot in the WNIT for a second straight season.

They open postseason play against Central Arkansas on Friday, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The last four teams in, according to NCAA committee chair Greg Christopher: Florida, Kansas, Michigan and Texas. OSU tied the Jayhawks and Longhorns for sixth place in the final Big 12 standings, even winning at KU in the season's final week to extend a three-game winning streak.

But a Big 12 Tournament loss to last-place Missouri became the Cowgirls' final impression heading into Selection Monday.

“As a team, we were frustrated and disappointed,” Keller said. “Honestly, we should have taken care of business ourselves. We should have beaten Missouri. We beat them twice; we should have beaten them again. I mean, they played very well, but we probably should have got them. Our fate was in our own hands. If we just would have buckled down…

“Hopefully we can mature and get to that level.”

And Keller insists that process starts immediately, even as it's logical to wonder what the Cowgirls have left in this emotionally grueling season? Pain remains from the loss of coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna in a tragic November plane crash, with the team and the families and the university carrying heavy hearts for months now.

The Cowgirls have done their best to press on, arriving at this juncture 16-12 overall and posting several quality wins along the way.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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WNIT: Oklahoma State vs. Central Arkansas

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater

Radio: KGFY-FM 105.5

Three things to know

UCA's Megan Herbert, after being named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year two seasons ago, has won the Player of the Year award the past two seasons.

The Cowgirls are 5-0 in WNIT games played in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The teams have met once before, with OSU taking a 107-36 win in 2007.

Projected starters

Oklahoma State (16-12)

Pos.; Player; Ht.; Wt.; Cl.; Pts.; Reb.

F; Liz Donohoe; 6-0; Fr.; 12.3; 7.1

F; Kendra Suttles; 6-1; So.; 8.8; 5.1

F; Lindsey Keller; 6-2; Jr.; 7.5; 6.8

G; Tiffany Bias; 5-6; So.; 12.7; 6.5*

G; Jordan Schultz; 5-10; Fr.; 3.8; 1.2

Central Arkansas (24-6)

Pos.; Player; Ht.; Wt.; Cl.; Pts.; Reb.

F; Megan Herbert; 5-11; Jr.; 17.6; 11.3

F; Desiree' Rogers; 5-11; Jr.; 6.9; 6.4

G; Nakeia Guiden; 5-8; Sr.; 9.5; 2.2

G;Micah Rice; 5-6; So; 8.3; 2.7

G; Destinee Rogers; 5-5; Sr.; 6.7; 2.0

* assists

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