Cowgirls NCAA hopes down to Big 12 tourney

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - This time last year, the talk around
Oklahoma State was about how high the Cowgirls would be seeded in
the NCAA women's basketball tournament.

They ended up as a No. 3 seed and reached the round of 16.

This year, a late-season slump may mean the Cowgirls are headed
to the Women's National Invitation Tournament unless they can make
a stunning run through the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma
City in two weeks.

To earn the conference's automatic NCAA berth, OSU would have to
win four games in four days, with as many as three of those against
ranked foes. That would constitute a major turnaround, as OSU
(15-12, 4-10) has lost seven of its last eight heading into its
final two regular-season games, at No. 12 Texas A&M and at home
against Nebraska.

Still, coach Kurt Budke was upbeat after today's 73-63 loss at
No. 2 Oklahoma.

He says anything can happen at the Big 12 tournament, including
upsets of ranked teams.

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