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February 28, 2013

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball — preview

McALESTER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team has seen its fair share of ups and downs — and that was just in the last week. From a crushing loss at Texas Christian to a huge win at Bedlam, the Cowgirls have been on a wild — and at times maddening — rollercoaster ride.

Now the Cowgirls (19-7, 8-7 in Big 12)  hope to right the ship and move up the ladder in the Big 12 standings when they face Texas Tech (20-7, 10-5 in Big 12) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Lubbock, Texas.
“Hopefully we grew from that,” Littell said. “It’s just about being consistent. You hope that you don’t blow leads, but if things get away from you a little bit you have the focus and will power to keep fighting like we did against OU.”
Oklahoma State has struggled with maintaining leads this season — beginning with loss to the Red Raiders in Stillwater. Despite almost being willed to victory by Tiffany Bias, the Cowgirls watched their lead evaporate as they dropped their conference opener.
“We’ve got to do a better job at protecting leads,” Oklahoma State senior Toni Young said. “I don’t know what it is. Sometimes when we get up by a lot, we have a tendency to relax and we let teams back in the game.”
Protecting leads is a little bit easier said than done against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are full of upperclassmen who have seen just about everything and been through just about every situation. On top of that, Texas Tech comes into Wednesday’s game having won four of the last five with the lone loss coming against Baylor.
“Texas Tech is second in the conference and is a team that’s playing with unbelievable confidence,” Littell said. “They start four seniors that have basically started for four years. Then they have a junior that they’re playing as well. They’re a tough team because they basically start five guards. They create some matchup problems for us but I feel like we’ve prepared well, have a good plan in and are excited about going and playing.”

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