No. 20/19 Oklahoma State Cowgirls (23-10) at NCAA Tournament Sacramento Regional
Oklahoma State’s women’s basketball team (23-10) will make its third
Tournament appearance in the last four years when it takes on Chattanooga
(24-8) on Saturday at 7:11 p.m. () inside Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe,
Ariz. will be the No. 4 seed in the Sacramento Regional, while the Lady
Mocs enter play as the No. 13 seed.
Senior Megan Byford will be playing in her 100th career game. Oklahoma
State played 13 teams in this year’s field and finished with a 10-9 mark
against those squads.Megan Byford, Ally Clardy and Andrea Riley are the
only Cowgirls with Tournament experience. Riley played in all four
of ’s games in its previous two appearances, while Byford has played in
three games and Clardy one.
Oklahoma State is one of just seven schools to play in a January bowl game
and the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this year, joining West
Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Florida State and
The Cowgirls have now made 10 appearances in program history with three
of those coming in the last four years. Two years ago, advanced to the
Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history. The Cowgirls are 6-9
all time in tournament games and 4-5 in the event’s first round. is 2-2
in tourney games under head coach Kurt Budke. ’s No. 4 seed is the second
highest in program history. The Cowgirls were a No. 3 seed in 2008.
Chattanooga enters play having won its last four games and is 24-8
overall on the year. The Lady Mocs finished 16-4 in the Southern Conference
en route to claiming their 11th consecutive SoCon regular season title.
Shanara Hollinquest is the squad’s leading scorer (17.1 ppg) and rebounder
(8.9 rpg) and was named the league’s player of the year for the second
consecutive year. Hollinquest was joined on the all-conference team by
Jenaya Wade-Fray, who is second on the squad with her 13.2 points and 6.1
rebounds per game. Saturday will be the first-ever meeting between and
Chattanooga. The Cowgirls are 1-0 all time against teams from the Southern
Conference. OSU¹s defeated Appalachian State, 84-64, on Jan. 3, 1987 at the
Holiday Classic in Orlando, Fla.