Cowgirls get another shot at Tech in Big 12 Tournament
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Saturday, March 09, 2013
3/09/13 at 5:25 AM
STILLWATER - Oklahoma State gets one more stab at Texas Tech.
On Saturday morning, the fifth-seeded Cowgirls open the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas against the Red Raiders, who swept the regular-season meetings by a combined 14 points.
"We've played them to single digits twice," OSU coach Jim Littell said. "I thought we played very nervous the first time we played them, and then the last time I thought we played very tired.
"We're going to make every attempt to go in there and just relax and play and be well-rested and give it our best shot."
The victor's reward is a trip to Sunday's semifinals, likely against top-ranked and seemingly invincible Baylor.
OSU (20-9, 9-9 Big 12) is trying to snap a three-game losing streak at the tournament, where the team hasn't won a game since 2010 and has an 11-16 record. Only once have the Cowgirls advanced to the finals, falling in 2008 to Texas A&M.
"I don't think there should be nerves at this point," Littell said. "You've played 18 games against the best teams in the country and you just line up and go play and execute the things you worked on.
"Most of these kids, it's their second or third go-around in the Big 12 Tournament, so there shouldn't be a lot of nerves."
While the Cowgirls closed out the regular season with a loss at Iowa State on Monday, Texas Tech (21-9, 11-7) is coming off back-to-back losses against Kansas State and Oklahoma.
Saturday's game could affect seeding for the NCAA Tournament. In ESPN.com's latest mock bracket, both teams are projected to be a No. 6 seed.
"Anything you're doing right now is about building your resume ..." Littell said.
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