CNHI News Service
Over the past year and a half, there have been nine Big 12 coaches that have been asking the same question — how do you stop Oklahoma State’s Liz Donohoe?
Tuesday, West Virginia’s coach Mike Carey provided some insight to this problem.
“I have not seen anybody do a better job coming off and reading picks than her,” Carey said. “We made sure that we knew where she was at all times. She can stroke it. I think she finally missed a foul shot tonight. What’d she make 80 (in a row)? Or 40? It seemed like 80 to me. She’s a great player and we knew we had to play her. Our players paid attention to detail a little bit and stayed out on her.”
Donohoe still got her fair share of points, tallying 10 in the 67-61 loss to West Virginia. But most of those points came in the first 12 minutes as Donohoe was held to 2 points in the second half.
Following the loss, Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said the Cowgirls will have to find other ways to get Donohoe going.
“(West Virginia) did a nice job of guarding,” Littell said. “Their athleticism and physicality took us out of our offense a little bit, but I think again it was two-fold. Give them the credit, but also we’ve got to execute better, we’ve got to screen better and use screens better if we’re going to be successful.”
Nick Snow is a sports reporter for the Stillwater NewsPress.