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October 26, 2012

OSU's Liz Donohoe hopes to repeat stellar freshman season

STILLWATER — Last season, Liz Donohoe was ahead of the learning curve in her freshman year on the Oklahoma State University basketball team. She started all 34 games and was honored as Big 12 Freshman of the Year. This season, Donohoe hopes to continue making strides in her sophomore season.

“I want to stay consistent and be better than last year,” Donohoe said. “I want to avoid the sophomore slump because it happens a lot. I think as a team we have goals we want to accomplish and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

Donohoe, a graduate of Edmond North High School led all Big 12 freshman with 13.1 points per game and in rebounds with 7.8. During five weeks of the season, Donohoe was named Big 12 Freshman of the Week. Other honors included: second-team Freshman All-American by Full Court, One of five candidates for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s National Freshman of the Year award. Donohoe said she looked up to her older teammates.

“All of them brought something to the table,” Donohoe said. “We all have different personalities on and off the court and are pretty good friends. Tiffany (Bias) is a great leader. Toni (Young) and Kendra (Suttles), they are all great and I look up to them.”

Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said he talked with Donohoe about building on her freshman year and avoiding a “sophomore slump.”

“Liz is a very coachable young lady,” Littell said. “I believe she’s worked harder than she’s ever worked. She’s a young lady that spends a lot of time in the gym. She’s the first one in and the last one to leave the gym. I believe she has strengthened her body. Toned down a little bit and become a little bit quicker. We are excited about her sophomore year.”

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