A shortened rotation because of COVID-19 precautions didn’t hinder the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team in Fort Worth on Wednesday night.
The Cowgirls came out firing and never looked back. Natasha Mack played historically well, and OSU cruised to victory. Here are three things to take away from the game.
OSU entered Fort Worth with only eight players available, making Mack the focal point in the Cowgirls offense. She delivered with a performance only comparable to one game in program history.
She earned a triple-double on the stat sheet.
Scoring 28 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking 10 shots is more than leaving fingerprints on the game, it’s controlling every facet. When the Cowgirls needed baskets, Mack found a way to score.
OSU coach Jim Littell noticed and adjusted the game plan accordingly.
“When she got on a roll, I said, ‘Anybody have a problem throwing the ball into Mack a lot here?’ And all of them just kind of smiled,” Littell said. “Very unselfish on that, but it’s easy to do that when your best player is so complementary of your other kids.”
Mack added six steals and three assists, capping her best overall performance in an OSU uniform.
Winchester starts and contributes in expanded role
OSU didn’t have Lauren Fields or Kassidy De Lapp, making Abbie Winchester the next Cowgirl to get the start.
Playing as the complementary post player to Mack, Winchester did well battling the TCU bigs and earned 11 rebounds for her effort.
“You got to love Abbie Winchester coming in and playing 29 minutes and getting 11 rebounds,” Littell said. “It was a total team effort.”
Winchester made two shots and played with experience, showing how effective the Cowgirls bench can be when everyone is available.
Asberry 3-point shooting
Ja’Mee Asberry shot 6 of 6 from deep against Texas Tech on Saturday and contributed another efficient effort against the Horned Frogs.
Although she shot 6 of 21 from the field, Asberry made 4-of-7 3-pointers. As the only active point guard, Asberry didn’t look overwhelmed.
“Ja’Mee is playing with a great deal of confidence now and just got us off to a great start and took good shots,” Littell said. “…Good point guards can get theirs, but they make sure everybody around them gets theirs, too. And that’s what she did tonight.”
Asberry finished with 19 points and nine assists. She committed no turnovers in 38 minutes.