STILLWATER — Brittney Martin feels a lot more at ease as she gets ready to begin her sophomore season at Oklahoma State.
“I can't even explain how scared I was (last year), even for Homecoming and Hoops,” Martin said. “I'm a lot more aware, I guess, and I know what's coming.”
Despite any nerves, Martin quickly used her size, versatility and athleticism to develop into one of the Big 12's top freshmen. This season, she's expected to be a key weapon for a Cowgirl squad looking to build on last season's NCAA Tournament run, where they beat DePaul in the first round before nearly upsetting second-seeded Duke on its home floor.
What areas of your game did you work on during the offseason?
“I definitely need to get my jumper off quicker. When I'm coming off screens, instead of thinking about it too much, just shoot it. I went left every time I got the ball last year, and that's something I think I'm still working on to this day. I need to go right, which is surprising (because) I'm right-handed. Why can't I go right? I just finish a lot better with my left (hand).”
This team returns four starters, but the one you've lost is pretty crucial. How do you all plan to make up for Toni Young's production?
“I think all of us could add four more points to our scoring or two or three more rebounds to our stats. I don't think that's that big of a deal. But that one person did bring a lot of points to us and a lot of rebounds, so I think all of us just really need to step up our game.”
There's been talk of Tiffany Bias and freshman Roshunda Johnson both getting on the floor at the same time, which would shift you from shooting guard to small forward. You primarily played in the post in high school. Would it be nice to go back there on occasion?