From best high school player in Canada to Stillwater hopeful: Dennis ready for start of Cowgirls' season

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Micah Dennis helps up teammate Mariam Gnanou during the Cowgirls v. Emporia State women's basketball game, at Gallagher-Iba Arena, on October 27, 2019.

Micah Dennis might be the new kid on the block, but she isn't scared of the spotlight.

Dennis, a 5-foot-9 point guard, is an integral part of the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team’s freshman class. Dennis was the Canadian High School Player of the Year last year after she averaged 18.2 points, 5.4 assists and four steals.

Dennis had a standout senior season at Cairine Wilson Secondary in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

She decided to bring her talents across the border and joined the Cowgirls. Dennis said it’s been a bit of an adjustment, but she is enjoying herself.

“It was a transition definitely,” Dennis said. “A lot of transitions. The weather was one. Going from very cold to very hot. Just like the whole environment, the culture was very different, but people in Stillwater are very accepting, so it was really great.”

Junior forward Bigue Sarr said Dennis has adjusted to the new town and that she is easy to talk to.

Dennis said she chose Stillwater because of its culture.

“I think the family, the family environment that it brought,” Dennis said. “I think as soon as I got here a lot of people were just very welcoming, and I think that’s what just made me feel homey.”

It’s been a swift transition for Dennis on and off the court.

“Honestly, I was really nervous coming in here because I’m a smaller person,” Dennis said. “It’s a bunch of big girls strength-wise, ability-wise, everything was next level, and I think a part of me was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m going into this new world.’ But the transition was really good, I had a good time with that.”

Coach Jim Littell said Dennis has impressed as a defender and floor general.

Dennis had six points, five rebounds and two assists in an exhibition game against Emporia State on Oct. 27.

“I was very pleased with Micah,” Littell said. “She led her team, she played good defense. She got into some trap areas a little too much. She saw that on film today, so she’s going to do nothing but get better."

Dennis shot 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the Cowgirls’ win.

She is talented, but she is also playing with a chip on her shoulder.

“I’m not afraid to show out," Dennis said. "Even though I’m a freshman coming in, even though I’m not from the states, even though I’m from Canada, I got something to prove."

Dennis said she is excited for the season and had a message for OSU fans.

“I really hope that they come out and see our games,” Dennis said. “I’d love for them to come just to see because we have a really good team this year. I’m so excited, the girls are very talented and they have a lot to bring to the table. I’m hoping everyone can see that."

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