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High Noon Highlights (1/29): Vivian Gray named to NCAA Starting 5

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Vivian Gray highlighted by NCAA:

The NCAA has named Vivian Gray into their “Starting 5” this week. This is a segment where they highlight the best performances from the previous week in women’s basketball. Here’s what they had to say about the Cowgirl.

The junior forward led Oklahoma State to its first win over a ranked opponent this season and its first top-25 road win since 2018 with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the 57-55 victory at No. 25 West Virginia on Jan. 22. With just nine players suited up due to injury and illness, Gray teamed up with sophomore Ja’Mee Asberry (16 points) for 38 points in the win. Against Texas on Sunday, Gray scored 34 points, pulled six rebounds and had three assists as Oklahoma State came up short, 61-56.{}

Cowboys land names on Big 12 Preseason Baseball Award:

Oklahoma State had two players that earned some of the top honors as the Preseason Baseball Awards came out this morning. They took home the Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Kaden Polcovich and Bryce Osmond were named those spots respectively.

Polcovich comes to Oklahoma State after stops at Northwest Florida State and Kentucky. He hit .273 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 53 games for the Raiders as a sophomore last season. Additionally, he was named to the 2019 All-Cape Cod League Team.

A right-handed pitcher from Jenks, Oklahoma, Osmond will make his collegiate debut for the Cowboys after he was rated the No. 53 overall draft prospect in 2019 by MLB Pipeline. He led Jenks to the Class 6A state semifinals last year, going 7-1 with a 1.64 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 51 innings in his senior campaign. {Big 12}

Oklahoma State Team to Watch in Women’s Golf:

The Cowgirls are young this season. And according to GolfWeek they’re going to be lead by their freshman.

This year’s freshman class is unusually strong in women’s college golf. Eight of the top 20 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are newcomers, and that includes Oklahoma State’s Isabella Fierro. The freshman from Mexico won the Betsy Rawls Invitational in October, her third college start, and set a program record for lowest 54-hole score (a Cowgirl program record is a big deal, considering she leapfrogged LPGA players Pernilla Lindberg, Karin Sjodin, Caroline Hedwall and Caroline Masson, among others, in doing so).{GolfWeek}

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