Aug. 30, 2012
Junior Tiffany Bias is coming off one of the most productive seasons ever for an Oklahoma State point guard. The Andover, Kan., native broke the school's single-season record for assists with 229 and ranked seventh nationally with her 6.7 assists per game. Bias also led the Cowgirls to the WNIT title and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors along the way. At the halfway point of her collegiate career, Bias and the rest of her teammates have set their sights on earning the program's first NCAA berth since 2010.
On how her offseason has been going:
"It's been great. As a team, we're getting in shape together. We've been in the gym all summer working out. We've got a lot of new players, so there's also been a lot of learning. We also did all of that without the coaches so we wouldn't have to slow down as much once the coaches got in the gym."
On the new members of the team:
"They're doing great. They're really picking up things fast, they're very coachable, they're willing to learn and they're figuring out how we want to play. They're all going to be great assets to the team."
On staying focused during the offseason:
"I'm mentally focused all the time. This is my third year now, so I know what to expect. I think we're also very mentally focused as a team. We're willing to put the work in and accomplish more than we did last year. Everyone's ready to work hard, and I think you can tell by our work ethic."
On winning the WNIT last season:
"It was great. At the time, we didn't really know what to think. There were a lot of emotions in it with everything that happened throughout the year, and I think we finished the season out strong. I think we paid honor to a lot of people."
On if winning the NIT last year can translate into increased success this upcoming year:
"I think last year taught us how to finish games, how to mentally prepare for games and how to mentally stay focused for a whole game. I think it proved last year that we're clicking as a team and that we're ready to take it to the next level and not buckle under pressure."
On the team's goal of making the NCAA Tournament:
"I think we all would like to reach that level. I think that's our main focus right now, to get better and just keep striving for success."
On TCU and West Virginia joining the Big 12:
"I haven't really scouted them or watched film on them yet, but I think it's good to play new teams from different leagues just to see what they're like and how they play. I'm excited to see what they have to offer."
On the team traveling to San Diego for the Surf N' Slam Classic:
"I'm really excited. I think it's good for us to experience playing other teams and see how they play. It's good to get out of the Big 12 sometimes and play other teams because it gives us the experience for if we ever have to play other teams outside the league in the NCAA Tournament."
On her first year of being an upperclassman on team:
"It's really not that different. I came in as a leader my freshman year and was expected to have that role as a point guard. I think it has just become more about me being vocal since I always lead by example. As a junior, I just have to step up, stay focused and make sure everyone on the team is focused."