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High Noon Highlights (11/17): Cowgirl Basketball forced to pause to activities

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Cowgirl Basketball to pause activities:

Due to Covid-19 protocols, Jim Littell and the Cowgirl Basketball team will take a momentary pause from team activities, including their season opener against Little Rock being canceled.

“We’ll get through this,” coach Jim Littell said in the release. “Our first priority is creating a safe environment for the people in our program. If that means we need to alter our schedule, then that’s what we’ll do.

“We won’t set an exact date for a return to team activities because of the uncertain nature of the virus. Our focus is to make sure that everyone is well taken care of and to do our part to minimize the spread. We’ll figure out the rest later.”

The team will meet virtually while activities – which also includes strength and conditioning sessions – are on hold. {Stillwater Newspress}

This news is certainly disappointing, however good on OSU to be taking every precaution to keep the girls safe!

Oklahoma State brings defensive experience to Bedlam:

John Hoover of All Sooners wrote a Bedlam week piece detailing something the Lincoln Riley hasn’t seen a whole lot of, an incredibly talented OSU defense.

“Well, our defense has got experience, and we’ve got some maturity and guys that have had quite a few reps,” Gundy said, “and that generally plays a role in your success on either side of the ball.”

In fact, the 11 players who started two weeks ago versus Kansas State have combined for 212 career starts.

By comparison, the 11 Sooners who started Nov. 7 against Kansas have combined for 159 career starts.

Overall, OSU’s defense has accumulated 277 career starts among 17 players, or 16.3 per player, while OU is at 244 among 21 players, or 11.6.

On average, that’s almost a half-season’s more experience per man. {Sooners Sports Illustrated}

Hannah Webb named soccer Defensive Player of the Week:

After the Cowgirls won their Bedlam match Thursday, Hannah Webb was honored as this week’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Webb played all 90 minutes and helped anchor an OSU defense that recorded its fourth shutout of the season in the Cowgirls’ 1-0 shutout over rival Oklahoma. Webb had a crucial defensive play in the 68th minute when she headed a shot off the line for a team save to help preserve the OSU lead. Webb also had a shot on goal in the match. {Big12.com}

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