Cowgirls seek WNIT title to finish tragic season

JEFF LATZKE AP Sports Writer Published:

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Just one game into the season, Oklahoma State's women's basketball team lost head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a fatal plane crash in Arkansas.

As the season reaches its very last days, the Cowgirls are still playing.

After narrowly missing out on the NCAA tournament, Oklahoma State (20-12) has reeled off four straight postseason victories to reach the semifinals of the Women's NIT for the first time. The Cowgirls will host San Diego (26-8) on Wednesday night, with the winner moving on to the championship game on Saturday.

Point guard Tiffany Bias says she thinks the Cowgirls "would honor a lot of people" if they're able to finish a season marked by tragedy by bringing home a championship.