OSU women's basketball team looks to Tiffany Bias for leadership

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: October 19, 2011
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— From the first question of her first news conference last fall, Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias faced the comparisons to Andrea Riley.

And the questions about replacing Riley, OSU's four-year starting point guard and the Big 12's all-time leading scorer.

Riley's shadow even extended onto the floor during games, with the former Cowgirl herself shouting instructions at Bias from the stands at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Overwhelming?

“No, not at all,” said Bias, a sophomore entering her second season. “You are always going to have those. You always want to be your own person. We are two different types of point guard.

“That comparison, I don't mind it. I'm going to get it for as long as I'm playing in college.”

With the Cowgirls looking to build off last season's 17-15 finish, they'll look to Bias — as they did with Riley — to lead them, just in a different way.

While Riley was a prolific scorer, Bias may deliver more skills across the board. OSU coach Kurt Budke said Bias is the most complete point guard he's had.

“Tiffany is a much better defender than Andrea ever was,” Budke said. “Andrea was one who wanted to go out and score quite a bit and could defend OK. Tiff can dominate a game on the defensive end, too.”

Bias averaged 9.7 points and nearly five assists a game as a true freshman a year ago, blossoming late, when she scored 20 points at Texas A&M and 21 at home in a win over Texas.

Still, those numbers don't tell the full story from a whirlwind freshman year that saw her start 31 of 32 games and develop a relationship with football player Kendall Hunter — now a long-distance relationship with Hunter playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

“As a point guard, there's so much responsibility that comes with it,” Budke said. “She's not worried with her numbers. She knows that she has to involve Vicky (McIntyre), has to get Toni (Young) her touches. And she knows we're a better team if we have five in double figures instead of just one.”

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