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OSU to face Wake Forest in NCAA women’s tournament

Oklahoma State guard Ja'Mee Asberry (21) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma guard Tatum Veitenheimer (32) defends in overtime of the Cowgirls' 89-80 win Friday night in the Big 12 Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. [Amy Kontras/USA TODAY Sports]
Oklahoma State guard Ja'Mee Asberry (21) dribbles the ball as Oklahoma guard Tatum Veitenheimer (32) defends in overtime of the Cowgirls' 89-80 win Friday night in the Big 12 Tournament at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. [Amy Kontras/USA TODAY Sports]

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team earned a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, opening action against ninth-seeded Wake Forest.

OSU and Wake Forest will play at noon Sunday on ESPN2.

The winner will play the winner between top-seeded Stanford and No. 16 Utah Valley.

After going 13-5 in Big 12 play during the regular season, OSU went 1-1 as the No. 3 seed at the Big 12 Tournament. The Cowgirls rallied to defeat Oklahoma 89-80 in overtime, then fell to second-seeded West Virginia 59-50.

The Cowgirls are 18-8 overall. Despite being a shortened season, it was one of OSU’s most productive in recent years. Coach Jim Littell, now in his 10th season leading the Cowgirls, was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The Cowgirls are led by 6-foot-4 senior forward Natasha Mack, who has averaged 19.8 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game this season. Junior point guard Ja’Mee Asberry is averaging 17.4 points and 3.8 assists.

OSU last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2018 as a No. 9 seed. The Cowgirls defeated Syracuse before losing to Mississippi State.

The Sooners (12-12) did not make the field of 64.

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