By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team this season. The Cowgirls lead the nation, averaging 90.3 points per game with at least four different players reaching double figures in each game.
But while Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell likes the balanced attack, he’d like to see more scoring from sophomore Liz Donohoe.
“She hit two 3s and then turned down a 12-footer (against Texas State),” Littell said. “That’s still a work in progress. She sometimes thinks, ‘Well, I need to get somebody else involved. I’ve shot twice in a row and somebody ought to shoot.’ That’s not a shooter’s mentality that we want her to have, so we keep talking to her about it.”
“(Littell) talks to me about that a lot,” Donohoe said. “But I don’t like shooting every time. I like to get other people involved in the game too.”
The reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year has never been one to hog the spotlight. Even in practice Donohoe has been more apt to pass instead of taking a shot.
“We have to make her shoot sometimes,” Oklahoma State senior Toni Young said. “We tell her, ‘I don’t care if you’ve missed 10 in a row, shoot the living ball. We don’t care.’ She’s a great shooter, obviously. If you’re open, shoot it. We’ll rebound it if you miss it.”
Donohoe has been averaging 18.8 points per game through the first five games — besting her average of 13.1 points per game last season. But after working so hard on her shot through the summer, Littell would like to see the sophomore attack the basket a little more.
“We want her to go out there and not be afraid to put up some shots,” Littell said. “She’s an excellent shooter that can not only shoot it from the outside, but can also drive to the basket. When you have those kind of tools, you want to put the ball in that players’ hands as much as possible.”
Over this past year Donohoe has gone from a player that wasn’t afraid to shoot in the most hostile of Big 12 environments to a slightly more gun-shy version in her sophomore season.
But as the Cowgirls (5-0) take on Texas Southern (1-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena, Donohoe said she’s starting to feel that confidence she had late last season.
“I’m starting to hit some shots and that’s really helped boost my confidence,” Donohoe said. “I went cold there for a little bit (against Texas State), but when shots start falling for you, you do want to go out there and keep putting up shots.”