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October 15, 2013

Cowgirls eye Big 12 title and NCAA tourney run

STILLWATER, Okla. —

They can go big. They can go small. They have four starters returning — one of which is a senior point guard that was an honorable mention All-American.

And yet, the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team wasn’t even considered a favorite to win the Big 12 after receiving zero votes.

That’s right zero. Zilch. None.

“To be honest, I didn’t put much thought in it at all,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “I know where we’re at as a team and where we’re trying to get people at. I’m not too concerned about the preseason polls. I’m more concerned about where we will finish in the end and getting into the tournament.”

The Cowgirls may not have received any votes as a contender to win what should be a wide open Big 12 with the graduation of Baylor’s Brittney Griner. But make no mistake, there are high expectations this season.

“I’m really excited,” Oklahoma State freshman guard Roshunda Johnson said. “We’re real athletic and I feel really good about the team. I feel like we’re going to make it to the Final Four or even the championship. We’re running and gunning for everybody.”

A championship may be a little bit of a stretch for the Cowgirls, who were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the second round by Duke, but a Big 12 title isn’t necessarily out of the question.

“As a team, I think we have big goals,” Oklahoma State senior guard Tiffany Bias said. “We want to win the Big 12 championship and then see where that takes us. I think we can have a deep run in the tournament.

“The last loss that we had in the tournament left a bad taste in our mouth and made us hungry for this year. It helped us to work harder in the offseason and push ourselves a lot harder than we ever have before.”

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