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Notebook: Cowgirls having fun preparing for NCAA Tournament

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Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship, March 13, 2021

Oklahoma State and West Virginia compete during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri on March 13, 2021. (Scott D. Weaver/Big 12 Conference)

A press conference with OSU women’s basketball coach Jim Littell, forward Natsaha Mack and point guard Ja’Mee Asberry will provide some great quotes. All three have underrated humor and great chemistry. Here are three things from their press conference ahead of the Cowgirls first round NCAA Tournament game against Wake Forest.

Natasha Mack on virus patrol:

This is almost undoubtedly Natasha Mack’s first and last NCAA Tournament, so she doesn’t want the Cowgirls to get sent home early because of a positive COVID-19 test.

“I hold everybody accountable for their own actions. If they really want to play like they said, they would do the right things it takes to get there,” Mack said.

Jim Littell said the team gets tired of hearing him remind them every single day to stay diligent in taking the necessary precautions to avoid a positive test. Maybe hearing a new voice take on the role will be like a fresh drink of water.

“We’ll put Mack in charge,” Littell said. “We’ve come this far, we want to play, we’re excited about it and I know our group will continue to be disciplined and have the opportunity to play.”

Film room fun

The Cowgirls watched the NCAA women’s bracket reveal from the familiar confines of their film room. For Ja’Mee Asberry the film room is a little too familiar.

“Usually in film, I’m in trouble,” Asberry said. It’s warm in there so I like being in there until Coach Littell turns off the lights and I want to go to sleep.

With the announcement that all the Cowgirls hard work paid off with an NCAA Tournament appearance, sleep was the last thing on Asberry’s mind.

“(This was one of the best film room sessions) cause I was wide awake,” she said.

How many more years does Jim Littell have in the tank?

Littell, who has been at OSU for the last 15 seasons and been a head coach for the last 10 just won Big 12 Coach of the Year, is 65 years old.

“As long as I have years like this I’ll go a long, long time,” Littell said. “Are you saying something to me?”

With the year he has had and the team being such a fun-loving group Littell might feel like he is 65 going on 45.

“I’m having a great time and it’s been fun to go to the gym everyday with this group. This group has rejuvenated me, I love going to the gym, it’s been fun and I look forward to more good days this year and in the future as well,” Littell said.