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TCU News: Frogs Win Openers in Schollmaier Arena

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Men's Basketball

TCU wins first game at Schollmaier Arena behind Malique Trent's 24 points | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Trent is one of the new faces on the team this season, but he could have a major impact.

Trent, a sophomore from Portsmouth, Va., made 8 of 13 shots to finish with a season-high in points, and — more importantly to coach Trent Johnson — had only two turnovers in his 33 minutes.

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TCU Defeats ACU Sunday, 80-69 |

The Frogs have won two straight, with two games left on their non-conference schedule.

The Horned Frogs, who led by as many as 17 Sunday, moved to 6-4 overall with the win, while ACU dropped to 4-7 on the season. TCU played its inaugural game inside Schollmaier Arena, which underwent a $72 million renovation.

TCU's new basketball arena lacks only banners, memories | Fort Worth Star Telegram

Trent Johnson had some sage words for his team after the opening of the new digs.

“The place is unbelievable,” he said. “But what I told the kids is that usually when we have facilities like this, it’s done after you’ve won a lot of games in the NCAA Tournament.

“I told them, ‘I want you to think about that. It’s time for us to start paying back some people in terms of playing this game and winning our share of games, because usually this stuff is done after you’ve won.’

Women's Basketball

TCU women find arena to their liking with easy victory | Fort Worth Star Telegram

The Frogs obliterated Southern Utah to christen their new home.

The TCU women’s 52.6 shooting percentage from both the field and from behind the arc in the Horned Frogs’ 76-47 win over Southern Utah on Sunday was a welcome surprise to coach Raegan Pebley.

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Frogs Open Schollmaier Arena With Win |

The Frogs moved to 8-3 on the season as they head into conference play.

The Frogs had seven players score in the opening quarter and led 29-9 after 10 minutes en route to the victory. The Frogs shot 52.6 percent, eclipsing the 50 percent mark for the second time in three games, and hit 10-of-19 from three-point range to get the win.