Cowgirls Set To Open Season Against UC Riverside
Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team will get the 2006-07 season underway on Friday at 6 p.m. when it hosts UC Riverside inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The contest will be the front end of a doubleheader with the Cowboy basketball squad, which will take on Florida Atlantic following the women’s game.
Season ticket holders for either men’s or women’s basketball will be admitted to both games. Reserved seat holders for Cowgirl Basketball will move to general admission seating for the men’s game, and vice-versa. General admission tickets (good for both the men’s and women’s games) are available for $25 through the OSU Athletics Ticket Office: 405-744-5745 or 877-ALL-4-OSU or online at www.okstate.com.
Scouting UC Riverside
Friday’s contest will also mark the season opener for UC Riverside, which is coming off its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance last year. The Highlanders, who finished 16-15 last season, return all five starters from a year ago and have been selected by the Big West coaches as the preseason favorite to win the league. UCR became the lowest seeded team to win the Big West Tournament, posting a 3-0 mark as the event’s No. 4 seed before losing to top-seeded North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach John Margaritis owns a 32-28 mark in two seasons at UCR and is 142-108 overall in eight seasons as a head coach. Friday’s matchup will mark the first-ever meeting between the Highlanders and Cowgirls.
What 2 Watch 4
An OSU win would snap its 17-game losing streak dating back to last year ... OSU will also be looking to break an eight-game losing streak inside Gallagher-Iba Arena ... the Cowgirls’ last victory came in their non-conference finale on Dec. 29 of last year, a 103-48 triumph over Prairie View A&M in Stillwater ... a win would improve OSU’s all-time record in season openers to 24-10 and record in home openers to 28-6 ... Cowgirl head coach Kurt Budke owns a 3-1 record all-time in Division I openers ... Friday’s contest also marks the beginning of a six-game homestand to start the season for the Cowgirls.
Out of the Starting Block
Starting with the 1973-74 season, the Cowgirls own a 23-10 record overall in season openers and
have tallied a 27-6 record in home openers. OSU has won two of its last three home openers, stunning No. 24 Michigan State, 62-60, three years ago before defeating Nicholls State, 83-49, in 2004. The Cowgirls fell last year, 77-69, to Texas State in Budke’s debut as OSU’s coach.