Three things to watch: OSU vs. TCU

WBB OSU vs. Texas

Bigue Sarr defends during the Oklahoma State vs. Texas women's basketball game on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. 

The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team (12-7 overall, 3-4 Big 12) is coming off a tough loss against Texas, but it hopes to rebound against TCU.

The Vivian Gray scouting report

In three games without Natasha Mack, three teams have defended Vivian Gray in three different ways. Iowa State employed a box-and-one, West Virginia played her straight up and Texas doubled her relentlessly while switching every matchup. Despite the alerting defensive attention she demands, Gray hasn’t lost sight of the prize. She continues to play hard and produce at a high level. That being said, it’ll be interesting to see how TCU (14-4, 5-2) handles the talented forward.

 

Abbie Winchester and Bigue Sarr’s impact

Enough can’t be said about Abbie Winchester and Bigue Sarr’s performance on Saturday. The frontcourt duo stepped up to the plate for the second straight game with Mack and De Lapp on the shelf. Winchester and Sarr combined for 18 points and 19 rebounds, but their mere presence extended multiple possessions, created extra opportunities and took some of the pressure off Gray. Both have gotten better as the season has gone along, and it’ll be exciting to see what they do against the Horned Frogs.

 

Turnovers are key

The Cowgirls hold one of the best turnover margins in the country. On offense, they limit the turnovers, and on defense, they force a lot of turnovers. The Horned Frogs aren’t as careful with the ball, but they force even more turnovers than OSU does. The Cowgirls have been great with limiting the turnovers this year, but they went off track against Texas as they tallied 22 — many were self-inflicted. OSU will need to get back on track and avoid silly mistakes to come out with a win on Wednesday.

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