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January 2, 2013

Cowgirls ready to open Big 12 play against Texas Tech

STILLWATER — One look in an Oklahoma State women’s basketball team’s practice and you might not think that four days ago the Cowgirls were hoisting the Surf ‘N Slam Classic trophy.

But before the dust has had the chance to settle on the latest piece of hardware, the Cowgirls quest for another trophy begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Gallagher-Iba Arena when Oklahoma State plays host to Texas Tech in the Big 12 opener.

“I’m really excited because I think our team has come a long way,” Oklahoma State senior forward Toni Young said. “We’ve worked a lot over the last few months and now we’re getting a lot harder competition. We’re just ready to show the world that we are a good team.”

Make no mistake, the country knows that the No. 13th-ranked Cowgirls (11-0) have some talent. They lead the country with 88.4 points per game and 21.4 assists per game.

All of that makes for a pretty big bull’s-eye for the Texas Tech (10-2) — a team that prides itself on defense.

“We have to play smart,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “I think other than probably Baylor, they’re the best defensive team in the Big 12. They’re very athletic and they create a mismatch problem for us because they play four guards. One of our post players is going to have to guard a quick, athletic guard. But we also create some for them because that means one of their guards is going to have to guard one of our post players.”

Getting production out of the post hasn’t been a problem lately for the Cowgirls. Young scored a pair of double-doubles — including a 30-point performance against San Diego State during the championship in San Diego.

Dominating in a tournament is one thing. Battling against some of the best players in the country night-in and night-out is another.

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