Three things to watch for: OSU Cowgirls vs. Oklahoma Sooners

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OSU foward Vivian Gray drives to the basket during the Oklahoma State vs. Kansas women's basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) takes on its second conference opponent in the Oklahoma Sooners (7-6, 0-1 Big 12) who are coming off a loss to No. 6 Baylor. Here’s what you should be looking for in an always high-stakes Bedlam game. 

A high-powered Sooners offense

The Cowgirls have Vivian Gray averaging 19.9 points per game, and the Sooners have Taylor Robertson mirroring that number.  Robertson is the leading scorer for the Sooners, but they’ve got several players that are capable of putting up numbers. As a whole, the Sooners average 78.5 points per contest, 22nd highest in the nation. That’s the second-best of any team the Cowgirls have faced this season. OSU has neutralized several adept offenses this year, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Cowgirls can break the Sooners’ offensive flow. 

Oklahoma’s porous defense

For how impressive the offense has been, it’s been a genuine struggle on the other side of the ball. Oklahoma gives up 76.2 points per game, which ranks 334th. The Cowgirls have progressed on offense as the season has gone along, especially the last few weeks. With the improved offense, they could tally up a hefty amount of points against the Sooners. It appears to be a major advantage for the Cowgirls.

Exploiting the turnovers

The Sooners’ defense is a major weak point, and another aspect they struggle with is their inability to take care of the ball. Oklahoma averages 19.8 turnovers a game, which ranks 321st. On the other side, OSU has valued its possessions with only 12.6 turnovers a game, 22nd best. The Cowgirls force a ton of turnovers on defense and play mistake-free ball on offense. That approach should prove fruitful against this Oklahoma squad.

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