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Three things to watch for: OSU v. Texas

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Cowgirl forward Vivian Gray blocks a shot during Oklahoma State's women's basketball game against Kansas State on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (15-14 overall, 6-11 Big 12) will look to turn around their two-game losing streak in a matchup with a Texas team it lost to earlier in the season.

 

Watch the turnovers

Last time OSU went up against Texas (18-10, 10-6), it uncharacteristically had 22 turnovers, but the nature of those turnovers is what stood out. The Cowgirls had several “bad” turnovers: passes that float in the air that gets intercepted by the defense and rushed down the court for an easy basket in transition. The Longhorns didn’t pressure the ball too well, but those turnovers killed the Cowgirls chances of winning — it can’t happen again.

 

Natasha Mack’s presence

Last time out, Natasha Mack was missing, and Vivian Gray felt the effects of that. Texas blitzed Gray every time she touched the ball — and sometimes even before she received the ball. Gray still managed to put up 24 points, but now the Cowgirls will have the threat of a second scorer, which should alleviate some of the pressure off Gray and help the overall efficiency of this offense.

 

A sense of urgency

It’s time. The Cowgirls lost a tough game to Kansas - which hurt them - then dropped the game to Kansas State. If the Cowgirls hope to make the tournament, they’ll need to win a win against Texas in addition to some victories in the Big 12 tournament. But before they can look toward the Big 12 tournament, they first need to win against Texas.

sports.ed@ocolly.com