2014 Women's NCAA Tourney Preview & Gamethread: Cowgirls & Boilermakers battle for Sweet 16

Jim Littell and the Cowgirls try to get back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008. To do that, they'll have to get past the 4th-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.

After surviving the upset bid from Florida Gulf Coast Eagles on Saturday, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls found their victory in overtime, 61-60. They'll have to find a way to play better against the 4th-seeded Purdue Boilermakers.

"It's one of those games in 36, 37 years of coaching that you kind of look at and go, how did we win that game? said Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell. "But these kids didn't quit. When we were down 10 or 12 in the second half they continued to make plays and just found a way to win at the end and I'm very proud of 'em."

Their defense will have to be better, even though they allowed just 60 points in a game that included an overtime session. The Cowgirls allowed the Eagles to drains eight 3-pointers in the game.

The Boilermakers rank sixth in the nation at 38.1 percent from 3-point range.

"I think we focused so much on them not shooting 3-pointers," said Brittany Martin. " I think we played too far up on them and didn't move our feet so I think our defense really hurt us."

Purdue didn't have much problem in their win over the Akron Zips. They were 8-of-20 from behind the arc and the game was never in doubt.

"We just have to do what we do well, and they're going to try to do things that they do well." Purdue Head Coach Sharon Versyp said on Saturday. "We need to try to exploit any weaknesses from each side. But, I know they mentioned that they're worried about our rebounding, we got to crash, we got to do that exceptionally well, and we got to be able to run."

If you haven't watched the Cowgirls play this season, they like to get out and run. They'll score a lot of points in a hurry if you let them. They're led by Tiffany Bias, who's a nominee for All-American as well was an All-Big 12 First Team selection. She can be very inconsistent while operating as the primary scorer for OSU, but when she's on she's very hard to stop. Just ask everyone in the Big 12.

Coach Versyp on Bias... "She's the one that can come off on ball screens, she can fake to the hole, does pull up jump shots, she finds the role player exceptionally well. So we just need to slow her down a little bit and not allow her to really get going and get her tempo going."

Purdue and Oklahoma State have never met throughout their many years of basketball.

Neither squad has reached the Sweet 16 for a number of years. The Cowgirls last trip in 2007-08 ended in a loss to LSU. Purdue hasn't been to the Sweet 16 since the 2008-09 season. The Boilermakers advanced to the Elite 8, eventually losing to Oklahoma.

Here are the main contributors for the Boilermakers (stats from win over Akron):

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Liza Clemons F 17 3-4 0-0 1-1 1 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 7
Camille Redmon F 20 4-8 0-0 0-0 5 4 9 1 1 1 2 5 8
April Wilson G 25 5-11 2-6 0-0 1 3 4 9 1 0 5 2 12
Courtney Moses G 33 5-12 2-7 0-0 0 4 4 2 0 1 2 2 12
Dee Williams G 31 5-8 1-3 0-0 1 3 4 5 0 3 1 0 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Whitney Bays F 24 9-15 0-0 2-4 5 8 13 4 2 0 3 2 20

You can see the full women's NCAA bracket here. Gametime is 9pm Eastern this evening, with the game carried regionally on ESPN2. If you aren't in the coverage area, you can watch online at www.ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app on your mobile device.

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