MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Coming off a 65-55 Big 12 opening win at Kansas, Thursday, the West Virginia women’s basketball team will face No. 11/13 Oklahoma State, Saturday at 7 p.m., in Stillwater.
WVU is 12-1 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play heading into Saturday’s game. Like the Mountaineers, No. 11/13 Oklahoma State is riding a 12-game win streak into its second Big 12 game.
Both WVU and OSU were picked to tie for third place in the league in the Big 12 Preseason Poll. OSU returns four starters and six letterwinnners from last year’s squad that went 22-11 and 9-9 in Big 12 play, making it to the NCAA Second Round.
The Cowgirls are undefeated (12-0, 1-0 Big 12) after defeating Texas, 67-61, in its league opener Thursday evening. OSU is 9-0 at home in the Gallagher-Iba Arena this season.
As a team, OSU is limiting teams to only 51.6 points per game, the lowest scoring defense of any team in the Big 12 and fifth-lowest nationally, while beating teams with the second-highest scoring margin (+28.5) of all league teams.
The Cowgirls are shooting 46 percent from the field, while limiting opponents to a mere 31 percent from the field and only 20.4 percent from 3-point range--each the lowest percentages in the league; the lowest field goal percentage in the nation and the second-lowest from 3-point range.
OSU leads all league teams averaging 10.9 steals per game, led by Brittney Martin’s 25 steals and Tiffany Bias’ 31 steals this season.
With 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, Liz Donohoe leads the Cowgirls in scoring and rebounding and is the team’s leading 3-point shooter with 31 threes. Martin averages 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as the second-leading scorer and rebounder.
Bias, who has dished out 89 assists to lead OSU in the category, averages 13.8 point per game as the Cowgirls’ third-leading scorer. LaShawn Jones rounds out OSU’s top four scorers with 10.2 points per game and is shooting 57.3 percent (51-89) from the field.
In its Big 12 opening victory over Texas, Bias led all players with 23 points, including a three and 6-of-6 from the free throw line, six assists and a pair of steals in all 40 minutes. Donohoe had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, including a pair of threes and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe in 36 minutes of action. Jones rounded out the top three scorers in 25 minutes with 10 points.
WVU and Oklahoma State meet for the fifth time in program history Saturday. The all-time series is tied at 2-2, dating back to Dec, 31, 1999. Last season WVU and OSU split the season series at 1-1, each taking a victory at the other’s home court. In the last outing, WVU dropped a 64-54 decision to Oklahoma State at the WVU Coliseum on Feb. 13, 2013. The last time WVU played in Gallagher-Iba Arena, the unranked-Mountaineers upset a No. 19/19 OSU team, 67-61.
Fans can listen to the game live with Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Ayana Dunning on the call. The game will also air live, nationally, on FS1 with Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen.