Cowgirls Return To Action Against Northwestern State
Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team (1-0) returns to action after an eight-day layoff on Saturday when it hosts Northwestern State (0-1) at 7 p.m. inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowgirls enter the contest after opening the season with an impressive 77-47 victory over UC Riverside, while the Lady Demons come into play looking for their first win of the season after a 65-60 loss at the hands of Jackson State.
Scouting Northwestern State
Like the Cowgirls, the Lady Demons have not played since opening their season on Nov. 10 against Jackson State at home with a 65-60 loss. NSU was led by junior Tena Matthews’ 15 points, while fellow junior Ashli Barnum grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds in the loss. The Lady Demons return two starters from last year’s squad that finished 11-16 overall and 4-12 in league play on their way to a ninth-place finish in the Southland Conference. NSU has just one senior, Chassidy Jones, on its roster and 10 players that are either freshmen or sophomores. NSU also has the nation’s youngest coach in 28-year-old Jennifer Graf. The third-year head coach has posted a 28-29 record during her two seasons in Natchitoches. The Cowgirls have squared off with the Lady Demons on three previous occasions with Oklahoma State holding a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series. The first two matchups occurred on a neutral floor with the Cowgirls posting a 79-65 win in 1975 in Edmond before NSU claimed an 83-64 win at the Houston Women’s Classic in 1980. OSU prevailed in the most recent meeting, posting an 88-65 win in the 1998 Cowgirl Classic in Stillwater.
What 2 Watch 4
Saturday’s contest is the second of a season-opening six-game homestand ... a win would give the Cowgirls their first 2-0 start since the 2001-02 season, which was also the last time OSU finished above .500 (16-15) ... that season also marked the last time the Cowgirls opened the season with consecutive wins at home ... OSU’s last home winning streak was also its last winning streak of any kind as it reeled off four consecutive home wins from Dec. 6 through Dec. 19 of last year.