Cowgirls play 1st game since death of coaches
STILLWATER, Okla.—Oklahoma State's women's basketball team is set to play its first game since a plane crash killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two others.
Budke, Serna, former state Sen. Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula, died in the crash in Perry County, Ark., on Nov. 17. Reminders of the four are on display throughout Gallagher-Iba Arena before the Cowgirls' game with Coppin State.
In the lobby, at a memorial for 10 men connected with Oklahoma State's men's basketball program who died in a plane crash in Colorado in January 2001, a bouquet of orange and white flowers sits, along with a basketball balloon.
Inside the arena, the Branstetters' two seats are adorned with orange-and-black ribbons.
The Cowgirls are wearing a uniform patch with the number "4" on it. Coppin State players are wearing orange T-shirts emblazoned with the number "4" during warmups.