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Win, rest, grind: Cowgirls looking forward to NCAA Championships

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Isabella Fierro lines up her shot at Hole 1 at Day 1 of the Cowgirl Classic at Karsten Creek on October 22, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Cowgirls won the Big 12 Championship一 and it wasn’t close.

Now they turn toward rest and chasing the elusive national championship.

“We saw a lot of good golf from top to bottom, everyone contributed,” coach Greg Robertson said. “They put their feet on the accelerator from the get go, and never let up.”

The scoreboard shows OSU was the best in the Big 12 by a large margin, but it wasn’t always the case. Early in the season Baylor couldn’t be beat. The Lady Bears were the unanimous best team in the country, and won their first five tournaments of the season.

OSU noticed, and upped its game.

The Cowgirls finished seventh in the first team event of the season in September, and then found their stride. OSU didn’t finish any worse than third place the rest of the season. The Cowgirls won in their fourth event of the season, and then tallied three more wins including the Big 12 Championship.

“It’s a great conference,” Robertson said. “For us to go (to the Big12 Championship) and do what we did, not just win, but separate ourselves, says a lot about this team. Not just their skill level, but their competitive nature.

But now since winning the Big 12 they have been practicing, and most importantly resting, from the long grueling grind of a full season.

“We gave them a couple of days off to get a little bit of rest and get caught up with school,” Robertson said. “It gets a little tricky this time of year because of finals and stuff like that, so we have to balance that a little bit.

“But we won’t be doing anything too different from what we’ve been doing.”

The Cowgirls return on May 10-12 as the No. 2 seed in the Stanford Regional. The regional is the next step on the Cowgirls path to their ultimate goal: a national championship for the women’s sports at OSU.

The Cowgirls, No. 6 in the country, are one of seven conference champions in the Stanford regional along with: USC (Pac-12), Denver (Summit), New Mexico State (WAC), Cal Poly (Big West), Sacramento State (Big Sky) and Navy (Patriot). Wake Forest, No. 3 in the country, is the top seed in the regional, and host Stanford is the fifth seed.

“It’s a good momentum boost because our season isn’t over yet,” Robertson said. “We still have the NCAA Regionals.”

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