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How the Cowgirls will use a 14-day “break”

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Ja'mee Asberry

Ja'mee Asberry dribbles down court against Iowa State on February 20, 2021 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Cowgirls’ non-stop grind has grinded to a halt.

The OSU women’s basketball team has played 24 games since its season opener, against Oral Roberts University on Nov. 29. After completing its rigorous schedule relatively smoothly regarding COVID-19 cancellations, the Cowgirls are faced with a 14-day break until their next scheduled game, a Big 12 tournament matchup.

“I’m proud of our group for being really diligent and making sacrifices and getting the schedule in,” OSU coach Jim Littell said. “I believe our kids have made some sacrifices and stayed away from some things that some normal college students can go to.”

There are pros and cons to such a long break at this point in the season.

“One of the pros is we can get some kids healed up, a little rest, get them back in the gym to work on fundamentals and skill instruction,” Littell said. “Most of the time the last two months, it’s been game preparation, now we can go on getting the kids in and trying to make them better basketball players.”

The downside of the long break is that it is exactly that: a long break. A team can lose its edge in practice without the carrot of a game hanging for the players to see.

“It’s probably going to be a challenge that we don’t have games for basically the next 16 days so as coaches, we’ve got to be good but as coaches, the players have got to be really good and have a commitment to get better over the next 15 to 16 days,” Littell said.

Littell said over the next two weeks he will try to simulate some games, but there is a possibility OSU can schedule some matchups to keep the team fresh.

“I’d like to have some more games,” Littell said.

However the team approaches the next two weeks, whether it spends the time resting, scrimmaging, playing games or a combination of everything, the goal remains the same.

“I believe with our youth, we can definitely get better during this two-week period,” Littell said.