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3 things to watch for: OSU vs. TCU

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TCU vs Oklahoma State University women's basketball at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas on January 6, 2021. (Photo/Gregg Ellman)

The starting lineup:

The only reason this game is being played today is because COVID protocols within the OU program left TCU suddenly without an opponent. Oklahoma State stepped in and, though this is the first time since November the Cowgirls have had their schedule directly impacted by COVID, it has dealt with its own issues as recently as last game. When the Cowgirls last played on Jan. 6 against this same TCU team, multiple big contributors did not play, presumably due to COVID protocol. Look to see if sophomore guard Lauren Fields is able to start this game, as well as if junior center Kassidy De Lapp and junior forward Brittany Reeves become available.

How TCU changes things:

Not a lot went right for TCU when these three teams played just three days ago in Fort Worth. Players who don’t normally get many minutes for OSU were thrust into bigger roles, but it did not matter. The Cowgirls won by 25 and TCU never held a lead in the game. Look to see if TCU attempts to change some things in this rematch, whether that be an alteration to the starting lineup or a different defensive scheme. Depending on COVID protocols, this game could look different from OSU’s end, but expect TCU to change some things.

How Natasha Mack performs:

The OSU star player affectionally known as “Mack Double” became “Mack Triple” against TCU. Mack recorded her first career triple-double by scoring 28 points, grabbing 17 rebounds and blocking 10 shots. The dominant performance by the senior forward was just the second triple-double in program history. She plays the same team again on Saturday, this time on her home court. Mack is undoubtedly licking her lips in a little bit in anticipation of this matchup, but expect TCU to try to make life difficult for Mack. After getting dominated just three days ago, the Horned Frogs will probably front the forward, as well as throw numerous double teams at her, in hopes of making another player beat them.

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