By Nick Snow
STILLWATER, Okla. — Get the Oklahoma State women's basketball team in front of the fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena and the Cowgirls are almost unbeatable. The same cannot be said on the road.
Last season, the Cowgirls had two road wins in conference play — at Missouri and Kansas. Those road woes undoubtedly were a big part of the reason Oklahoma State missed the NCAA Tournament.
Now Oklahoma State (14-2, 3-2 in Big 12) hopes to match that total with Wednesday's game against Kansas State. The Wildcats (11-7, 2-4 in Big 12) aren't exactly the team they were last year but Brittany Chambers can still fill up the basket — averaging 19.1 points per game.
A win over the Wildcats would go a long way in helping to bolster Oklahoma State's NCAA resume, while a loss could be a big stain on an otherwise strong start to the season.
“This league is so tough,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “If you’re able to steal a win on the road, that certainly helps your chances. But the big thing is to protect your home court. So far, we’ve done that."
Most teams would head back home after the game. Littell said the team will continue to stay in Kansas through the remainder of the week with a game against Kansas on Saturday.
Kansas may not be the ideal place for a little vacation. But perhaps if Oklahoma State spends enough time up there it might become a second home — at least that is Littell's thinking.