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Women's NCAA Tournament: Big 12 prepared Oklahoma State for NCAA Tournament

by Jason Kersey Published: March 19, 2014
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photo - Coach Jim Littell talks to the team during a timeout at the Women's Big 12 basketball tournament at  Chesapeake Energy Arena  in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Coach Jim Littell talks to the team during a timeout at the Women's Big 12 basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Big 12 women’s basketball coaches have spent the last several months touting the overall strength of their league.

After Monday night’s NCAA Tournament selection show, Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said that league-wide strength prepared his team well for the postseason.

“You see a little bit of everything,” Littell said. “You see pressure man, TCU's got a great zone, you see sagging man at Iowa State. In this league, there's not too much you haven't seen when you've gone through it.”

The Cowgirls (23-8, 11-7 Big 12) open NCAA Tournament play Saturday at 10 a.m. against Florida Gulf Coast in West Lafayette, Ind.

SOONERS RELIEVED TO GET IN

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale believed her team would get into the NCAA Tournament, but she still admitted being very relieved once the Sooners’ name was revealed during Monday night’s selection show on ESPN.

“You read all the projections and you can do the metrics and do the research, and still, nothing is sure until you see your name on the screen,” Coale said.

Senior point guard Morgan Hook said several of the players started crying when they realized they’d made it.

“It was a great feeling,” Hook said. “We were so happy and relieved that we still have another chance.

The Sooners (18-14, 9-9 Big 12) open tournament play Saturday afternoon against DePaul in Durham, N.C.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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