STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State freshman center Kaylee Jensen is adapting to playing against women her own size.
“I’ve always been the biggest girl playing,” Jensen, a 6-foot-4 freshman center said. “Back at home, I was always a foot taller than most people.
Being one of the biggest players on the court in Genoa, Nebraska, Jensen averaged more than 20 points per game in her last three seasons and earned all-state honors at Lindsay Holy Family High School.
Now playing against women with her similar stature, the Cowgirl freshman said she’s had to adjust her game in the post.
“I’ve had to work on my footwork a lot more, my ball handling and being more secure with the ball.” Jensen said.
Senior starting center LaShawn Johnson is helping Jensen learn the fundamentals of playing post in the Big 12. Jensen said she’s learned a lot from her older teammate.
“I’ve learned mostly to always be prepared to come to practice and don’t have an attitude,” Jensen said. “Bring effort every time you play.”
In her first season, Jensen has climbed Oklahoma State’s depth chart and is first off the bench. Through 17 games, she has blocked 19 shots, recorded seven steals and is averaging 5.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Jensen’s most productive game this season came Monday against Oklahoma, when she scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Cowgirls’ 73-54 loss.
“It gave me a little bit [of confidence], knowing if my team needs me I can help them out,” Jensen said.
Cowgirl coach Jim Littell said he hopes to continue to see those type of numbers from Jensen.
“Anytime you have player come off the bench and is consistent and can score and rebound the basketball, it’s not only going to be good for the present but the future of this basketball program as well,” Littell said.
This article was written by Andrew Glover from Stillwater NewsPress, Okla. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.