After a disappointing season and a coaching change in 2019, the Cowgirls opened up their 2020 season with two straight top-5 finishes in as many events.
To begin the season, the Cowgirls played two tournaments in two weeks with only one day in Stillwater in between, and the lack of rest showed in the final two rounds of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
The Cowgirls are back in Stillwater and have a couple of weeks off before their next event.
Coach Greg Robertson said he likes what he has seen in the first two tournaments, but said he thinks if they can fix a couple of minor issues they could run the tables down the stretch.
“I think we have shown what we are capable of doing and doing it in different rounds throughout the tournament,” Robertson said. “What we need to do is be a little more consistent really in a tournament as a whole. We had the low round of the tournament in the final round in (the UCF Challenge) and started with the low round of the day leading the tournament in Puerto Rico, but the first two rounds in (the UCF Challenge) and the last round of Puerto Rico were, the best way to put it I guess, were uninspired. You know when we put it together we show we’re as good as anybody, but if you are going to be an elite team you got to bring it every single day, every single week and we haven’t quite done that.”
Robertson said that the Cowgirls are a little banged up after the back-to-back tournaments. He said he hopes that the break allows the girls to focus on school for a little bit before stepping back into the season.
“Well we gave them some rest since we’ve been back they’ve got a day off, and that’ll be four out of six days that we’re giving them off because we went two straight weekends of qualifying to start the semester then two straight weekends of tournament play,” Robertson said. “We want to give them time to get healthy. We’ve got a couple of issues, you know, back, wrist and stuff like that we got to work on, and also for them to get settled with school. Get caught up with all of that and so hopefully as we get into the next couple of weeks their stress levels aren’t too high as we’re trying to compete again.”
Cowgirl freshman Maja Stark competed in her first collegiate tournament in Puerto Rico, and she finished tied for sixteenth. Stark was the only Cowgirl to play in Puerto Rico and not in the UCF Challenge, so rest isn’t as needed for her as other Cowgirls. Instead, she’s going to use the break to figure out what she needs to fix heading into the next tournament in Miami.
“We’ll work hard as always,” Stark said. “Just analyze what we did well and what didn’t go so well during the first tournament. Just do what we do because we’re just waiting for the great results.”