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Littell wins Big 12 Coach of the Year

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Jim Littell coaches his team during Oklahoma State's game against Baylor on Feb. 25, 2021 in Waco. Photo Courtesy: Chris Jones/Baylor Athletics

Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Jim Littell was named Big 12 Coach of the Year on Wednesday.

The Cowgirls were picked to finish eighth in the Big 12 preseason poll, but Littell has led the Cowgirls beyond all expectations. They finished third in the conference with a record of 13-5 in Big 12 play.

Statistically, it was the regular season for OSU women’s basketball ever. This season, the Cowgirls set a record for conference wins with 13.

The Cowgirls won both Bedlam matchups against Oklahoma by an average of 20 points.

OSU senior forward Natasha Mack has emerged as a national superstar this season, shooting up the board in WNBA mock drafts.

The reason OSU was not thought of highly in the preseason was because of the departures of some key players from last season. Littell has overseen the emergence of team leaders Mack and point guard Ja’Mee Asberry, who has set career-highs all across the board this season.

Also, Littell has guided an OSU lineup that often contained three freshmen to success. First year players Taylen Collins, Lexy Keys and Tali Natoa have grown exponentially under Littell.

It is the first time Little has won the award since the 2015-16 season.