Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preview: Oklahoma State Cowgirls

When it was all said and done, the 2011-2012 season was a very successful season for Oklahoma State. The Cowgirls went 8-1 during their non-conference schedule, but it was one that did not have many notable opponents. The only opponents that could be considered as notable were Indiana and Mississippi State. These were the only two non-conference teams to score more than 70 points against Oklahoma State.

The Big 12 Conference schedule was not as kind to OSU than the non-conference one. The Cowgirls went 8-10 in conference play and finished 7th in the Big 12. There was really only one spot during their conference schedule that got shaky. From the end of January throughout February, there was a span of ten games where they went 3-7 with their only wins being against Texas Tech, Iowa State, and Kansas.

Jan 11, 2012; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowgirls forward Liz Donohoe (4) takes a shot during the second half against the Baylor Bears at the Ferrell Center. Baylor won 71-44. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Oklahoma State did not make it into the NCAA Women’s Championship, but did make it into the Women’s NIT Tournament. The Cowgirls caught fire at that point and won six straight games to win the tournament. The opponents they defeated included: Central Arkansas, Wichita State, Missouri State, Colorado, San Diego, and James Madison.

This preseason, the Cowgirls were selected as 15th in the Lindy’s Sports College Basketball poll. They are one of six Big 12 teams to be on this preseason poll. They are also ranked above one of the newest members of the Big 12, West Virginia.

Oklahoma State will have many players returning this season, but the most important one has to be second-team all-league player Tiffany Bias. Bias is OSU’s junior guard from Anover, Kansas. Last year as a sophomore, she was named a second-team All-Big 12 selection and ranked second in the Big 12 and seventh nationally with her 6.7 assists per game.

Her 229 assists shattered the school’s single-season record. On top of averaging 6.7 assists per game, Bias averaged 13.1 points per game and led the team with 84 steals.

The Cowgirls also will be returning their Big 12 Freshman of the Year Liz Donohoe. Donohoe is the 6-foot forward out of Edmond, Oklahoma. On top of being the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, she was also named to the Big 12 all-freshman team and to the WNIT All-Tournament team. As a freshman at OSU, she averaged 13.1 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game.

As for the 2012-2013 season, the non-conference portion looks much easier for the Cowgirls. It would not be a surprise if they finished their non-conference games with zero losses. As for their conference schedule, it will be interesting. The reason it will be interesting is because the conference is losing Texas A&M and Missouri and gaining West Virginia and TCU.

West Virginia and Texas A&M are close to an even swap, but TCU might be a harder opponent than Missouri. The Cowgirls finished 7th in the conference last season, but this season should be a stronger year overall for the team. Mainly because Donohoe has seen a year in the Big 12 and will know what to expect from conference teams this season. Overall, they should finish between 5th and 7th in the Big 12 this season.

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Topics: Basketball, Liz Donohoe​, Oklahoma State Cowgirls, Preview, Tiffany Bias

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