Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

February 12, 2013

Martin the silver lining in Bedlam loss for OSU

When Toni Young was sidelined with two fouls early in the first half of Sunday’s Bedlam game at the Lloyd Noble Center, the Oklahoma State women’s basketball team needed somebody to provide a spark.

Few expected it to be Brittney Martin — a freshman playing in her first Bedlam game.

“I feel the whole team needs to pick it up once you lose a big part of our team,” Martin said. “I guess Toni gets a lot of points for us, but the whole team needs to step it up — not just one person.”

Martin finished with 12 points and six rebounds — 10 of those points coming in the first half. And while the Sooners came away with a 81-60 victory Sunday in the first edition of Bedlam this season, Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said the freshman continues to amaze him with each passing game.

“Brit really stepped it up for us,” Littell said. “We needed somebody to step up for us and she did. A lot of players might get rattled, going into an environment like that but she was able to keep her cool and knock down some shots for us.”

A native of Syracuse, Utah, Martin did play in three state championships. But not even that could help her prepare for what she faced in Norman.

“It was a little different,” Martin said. “It’s a lot louder. Everybody warned me what it was going to be like. It was kind of like another game, just louder.”

Like her teammates, Martin wasn’t immune to the Bedlam yips. The Cowgirls struggled by shooting 34.8 percent from the field — including several blown layups.

“I’ll have to go back and look some tape, but you’ll see we missed a lot of easy shots,” Littell said. “We had some takes to the hole and you have got to finish those shots if you want to compete with OU on their home court.”

Without a doubt, Sunday’s Bedlam game was a learning experience for all the Cowgirls and something they will take with them as they prepare for the rest of the conference season. But as Martin showed, she’s not about to be intimidated by anything — including Bedlam.

“We needed to pick it up in the second half,” Martin said. “We came into halftime looking like we were getting killed when really we weren’t down by that much. We needed to come back and play our game and we didn’t.

“It’s just another game. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we have to come out with intensity and ready to play our game.”

And with at least seven more Bedlam games left in her career, chances are Sooner fans are already counting down the days until Martin’s graduation.

“She’s just a special player,” Littell said. “On any given night, we know that she’s going to go out there and get double figures for us. She’s just a tremendous talent and she really isn’t fazed by anything.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Stocks