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Cowgirls gear up for rigorous test against TCU

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OSU coaches Jim Littell and Jack Easley gather the team during a timeout in Oklahoma State's bedlam basketball game against Oklahoma on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

A full-strength Oklahoma State women’s basketball team will be on display when it travels to TCU on Sunday.

The Cowgirls (14-11 overall, 5-8 in the Big 12) are coming off a break of eight days. They lost the matchup to Baylor 69-42 before the break.

For OSU, the challenge doesn’t get much easier. TCU (19-5, 10-3) sits second in the conference standings. The Horned Frogs also won the previous matchup against OSU 72-68. Experience was the difference.

“There is no substitute for experience in this league,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “They have six seniors and a junior guard who has played since she was a freshman, and I think she is the most improved player, and one of the best players in the league in Lauren Heard.”

Cowgirl’s center Kassidy De Lapp didn’t play in the first matchup, but expects to play on Sunday. Since the first meeting between the teams, OSU has gone 2-3 in conference. TCU has only lost once in that span. The preparation for the second meeting of the season is different than the first.

“It’s totally different because, well, first round of play it’s a different team than it was your previous year,” De Lapp said. “Those big players, like how many people you are going to play, I can guard four (different) people in a game, or I can guard one. It just depends on that scout. It depends on our matchup, but then the second time (around), you know the players. You get to know it, and it’s just to focus on the new plays that they are going to add in your next game.” 

Despite being 6-foot-3, De Lapp is not expecting to start against TCU. The Horned Frogs did not start anybody taller than 6-foot-1 on Wednesday.

A win could do wonders for OSU. The Cowgirls are projected as the last team in on ESPN’s most recent bracketology.  

Sports.ed@ocolly.com