The Oklahoma State Cowgirl’s season was put to an end Tuesday, March 26th after their 15-point lead dwindled in the second half against Duke. The no. 2 seed Blue Devils would go on to win 68-59 in the second-round match-up, shattering any dreams the Cowgirls had of ultimately winning it all this year.
All hope is not lost in Stillwater, however, considering the great recruits and the fact that four starters will be returning for their 2013-14 season, including my personal favorite Tiffany Bias.
The women’s recruiting class is ranked 15th nationally by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. This particular class will introduce six new athletes to the roster, adding the needed depth they lacked this previous season. While this is great for them, they still must fill the void of unanimous All-Big 12 pick Toni Young.
Athletes leaving include Forwards Lindsey Keller and Morgan Toben. Keller was physical, and Toben added depth as well as outside shooting.
Athletes returning include Guards Tiffany Bias, Brittney Martin, Kamri Anderson and Brittany Atkins, Forwards Liz Donohoe and Kendra Suttles, and Center LaShawn Jones.
Now lets take a look at our six new stars. First, Guards Roshunda Johnson (Parkview (Ark.) High School), Lakota Beatty (Anadarko, Ok.) and Diane Omozee (Pflugerville, Texas). Johnson was rated the nation’s no. 49 overall recruit by ESPN HoopGurlz, Beatty was Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year, and Omozee has been talked about as one of the nation’s best by Cowgirl coach Jim Littell.
Secondly, Fowards Katelyn Loecker ( McPherson (Kansas) High School) and Brianne Coffman (Jarrell (Texas) High School). Loecker is a consecutive two-time Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year, and Coffman is an athlete who will bring size and strength to the roster.
Last but not least, Center Marisha Wallace. Wallace transferred from Northern Oklahoma College in Enid. She can be expected to bring low-post scoring.
Things seem to be shaping up quite nicely for the Cowgirls as they set their sights on another Tournament run next season.