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OSU women's basketball: Cowgirls view quick turnaround as chance to improve

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Published: November 9, 2013

Brittney Martin would be just fine with playing a basketball game every day.

But two games in three days will suffice, particularly after Oklahoma State's 83-56 rout of Lamar in Friday's opener that was still viewed as a lackluster performance by the No. 21 Cowgirls' standards. OSU will host Texas-Arlington Sunday afternoon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“We didn't play as well as we wanted to play, so I think we're happy for this quick turnaround,” point guard Tiffany Bias said following Friday's game. “A lot of us will get in the gym (Friday night) and get some shots up, and then we'll get some shots up (Saturday) during practice.

“I think we'll prepare pretty well for it and I think the coaches know what we need to work on, so we'll get to it.

OSU beat Lamar by 27 and led by as many as 34 points in the second half. But the Cowgirls' shooting percentage dipped from 60.7 percent in the first half to 38.2 percent in the second half. They committed 23 fouls and missed 11 free throws. And they gave up 13 offensive rebounds and left too many shooters open on the perimeter.

So what was on the to-do list for the short time in between games?

Timing of offensive sets. Adjusting the way to play defense to fit the new rule changes across college basketball. Free throws. Continuing to work in a large crop of newcomers.

“We've got a long way to go,” coach Jim Littell said. “There's a lot of room for improvement. We've just got to make sure that coaches and players hold themselves to a higher standard.”


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