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OSU vs Iowa State: 3 things to watch

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Taylen Collins

Taylen Collins shoots a free throw during Oklahoma State WBB's victory over Texas Tech on January 2, 2021.

Streaks colliding:

The Cowgirls are on a five-game conference win streak and a six-game streak in total. It’s their best start to conference play since the 1992-93 season. The Cyclones haven’t been kind to Cowgirl win streaks in the past, ISU has won the last four matchups. The last time the Cowgirls returned home from Ames with a win was 2018. One of the trends will be reversed in the game, will it be the Cowgirls’ conference win streak or their drought against the Cyclones?

Possibly another skeleton crew:

In their past two games, the Cowgirls have only been able to dress eight players due to COVID 19 protocols. With really only seven of those eight playing significant minutes, it was astonishing for OSU to win each game by an average of 23 points. If the same eight players are the only ones able to make the trip to Ames, it will be a tall task to keep that margin of victory up. If the team is able to reintroduce some key players like Lauren Fields, Kassidy De Lapp and Brittany Reeves, it will be interesting to see how those players are reincorporated back into the lineup and how well conditioned they will be.

How Taylen Collins follows up a career-high performance:

Collins was spectacular against TCU last Saturday, scoring a career-high 19 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Collins also anchored the OSU defense, only resting for two minutes and registering five steals. Collins has had a consistent presence in all areas of the box score this season and has been great during OSU’s winning streak. As the freshman exponentially gains more experience each game, the Cowgirl coaching staff can count more and more on her to make plays.

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