For nearly everyone on Oklahoma State, the NCAA tournament will be a new experience. Meanwhile, reaching the field of 64 is old hat for DePaul.
The Cowboys are hoping their two seniors can steady them Sunday when they face the Blue Demons in a first-round match at Durham, N.C.
Oklahoma State claimed a No. 7 seed as it makes its first trip to the tournament since 2010. Seniors Toni Young and Lindsey Keller are the only players on the Cowgirls (21-10) with NCAA tournament experience, appearing as freshmen and reaching the second round, though coach Jim Littell's team has some success in postseason play after winning the Women's NIT last year.
"Building the program, winning the WNIT helped us gain six more games last year in a tournament setting, and I believe it was a definite help for our team this year,'' Littell said. "The natural progression was for us to build from winning the WNIT last year to making the NCAA tournament and, hopefully, winning some games in the NCAA tournamen...