OK, so, yes, I have known Cowgirl Taylor Hardeman since she was six years old. So, yes, I have seen her play more hoops than her Oklahoma State Cowgirl teammates.
However, it should be just as obvious to them as it was to me that after she started the NCAA tournament game against Bowling Green draining -- and I mean swish-drain-touched-the-bottom-of-the-net draining -- two three-point baskets, why were they not feeding her the ball the rest of the game? She hit two additional three pointers in the second half but the Cowgirls had already let their double-digit first-half lead evaporate at that point.
But I am being way too harsh by dwelling on the team not winning an NCAA tournament game. I should be concentrating on the fact that Kurt Budke's team put up a bagel in the conference win column last year and then rebounded to win 20 games this year and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA women's basketball championship.
Andrea Riley, freshman phenom, sparked the Cowgirls throughout the season and, barring injury, will shine in Stillwater for the next three seasons. However, her reaction to not realizing that she did indeed get the blocking call in the game's closing minutes proved insurmountable for the ladies in orange as the referees whistled her for a technical foul. She will learn and it will be entertaining to watch her evolve.
A word to wise, though, when Hardeman's hitting, feed her the ball.