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Three things to watch for: OSU v. Oklahoma

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Ja'Mee Asberry drives to the lane past Madisen Smith during Oklahoma State's 60-57 win against West Virginia in Gallagher-Iba Arena on February 8, 2020. 

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (13-10 overall, 4-7 Big 12) lost a heartbreaker to Oklahoma last time out, but OSU opes to hold its momentum coming off a victory against West Virginia. Here’s what to watch for.

 

Fourth-quarter play

It's been a major theme in conference play: execute in the fourth quarter. The Cowgirls have been involved in a lot of close games, and several of them haven't gone OSU's way, but perhaps the most infuriating loss was to Oklahoma. The Cowgirls held a 13 point lead with 2:18 left in the game before the Sooners (12-11, 5-6) clawed their way back to steal one in Stillwater. Those last couple of minutes will be critical.

 

Defending the 3-point line

The Cowgirls do a lot of great things on defense, but their 3-point defense has been a weak spot — they allow teams to shoot 37.6% from beyond the arc - third-worst in the nation. Last time out, the Sooners shot 12-for-19 from 3-point range. The Cowgirls cannot allow the Sooners to shoot that well again. It’s going to be key for OSU to rotate and try to contest every 3-pointer against this high powered offense.

 

Continuing to exploit the turnovers

The Sooners have an explosive offense, but they’re vulnerable in the turnover department. On the other side, OSU is great at blitzing ball handlers and forcing turnovers. Last time against the Sooners, OSU forced a season-high 30 turnovers, which allowed it to get out in transition and score on the break. The Cowgirls stole the ball a whopping 19 times and scored 29 fastbreak points. They’re going to want to keep up the pressure and get out in transition.

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