3 things to watch for: OSU vs. Baylor

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OSU coaches Jim Littell and Jack Easley gather the team during a timeout in Oklahoma State's bedlam basketball game against Oklahoma on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (14-10 overall, 5-7 Big 12) goes up against a Baylor team that’s one of the best in the country. After losing to the Bears 94-48 last time out, the Cowgirls will look upset No. 2 Baylor.

 

The rebounding battle

It’s tough to win games when you get outrebounded 61-2, and that’s exactly what happened in the Cowgirls’ last matchup with Baylor (22-1, 11-0). Double-double machine Natasha Mack had an obscure game with only two rebounds as nobody on OSU had more than four. With Kassidy De Lapp potentially out, it’s going to be even more crucial for the Cowgirls to box out and try to keep the rebounding battle close against such a big and long Baylor team.

 

OSU’s counter to Baylor’s defense

Watching the Bears play defense is truly a sight to see. They move as one unit and cover so much ground that it’s tough to gain any traction on offense. The stats support that as well as Baylor allows opponents to score only 50.8 points per game, second-fewest in the nation. It’s going to be tough for the Cowgirls to score on offense, which makes their defense even more crucial. If OSU can lock down on defense, force turnovers and get out in transition, the Cowgirls can work toward an upset bid.

 

Putting it all in the past

The most important thing is for the Cowgirls to forget the last loss to Baylor and put their best foot forward in this game. It’s always easy for teams to live in the past and let those struggles linger in its mind, but the Cowgirls will look to wipe the slate clean and play a fresh game. OSU came close to upsetting Baylor last year, and it’ll look to do the same again this year.

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