During the first three games of the four game slide, it was easy to trust the process and see how close the Frogs were to a breakthrough. But the fourth loss, at home, was a completely different animal - and the coach recognizes it.
“We’re in a new position,” Dixon said. “Everybody has felt good about what we were doing, but we’re in a new spot here. We just didn’t play well at all.
“We’ve got to look at ourselves and figure out what we want to do from this point on.”
Nationally, the Frogs skid paints an ugly picture, not just for the last two weeks but the momentum of the season as a whole.
Auburn: The second-half surge on the road should be a boost for a young team that has a chance to exceed expectations in the SEC.
TCU: All the momentum generated by the Horned Frogs’ promising start in the Big 12 is gone, and it won’t be easy to get it back in a difficult league.
The Frogs were delayed due to mechanical issues, but still had a chance to pull out the win, with two good looks at potentially tying three pointers in the waning seconds. But don’t ask Coach Pebley if the delay is an excuse for the loss.
“It’s really not that hard,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said of the travel delay. “I’m not going to complain one second because our life is pretty cush. It is what it is. We’ve gone through some travel issues, but I am not going to complain. We have charter planes; we have hotels; our life is not hard.”
Apparently that whole Hilton Magic thing works for the women’s team too, as the Cyclones battled back from a terrible start and a tough shooting night to earn the win.
Iowa State struggled to get going and quickly fell into a 22-8 deficit in the first quarter. TCU’s lead grew to as many as 16 by the second period.
“We were probably lucky we weren’t further behind to be honest with you,” Fennelly said.
To make matters worse, Iowa State struggled to shoot the entire day. The Cyclones shot just 27.9 percent from the field but battled back.
Another poll, another number one ranking. TCU began their preseason practices Friday.
The Horned Frogs, coming off their third consecutive College World Series Appearance, were picked No. 1 by 24 of the 31 coaches on this season’s voting panel. Florida checks in at No. 2 with four first-place votes. LSU will open at No. 3, receiving two No. 1 nods. South Carolina and Florida State round out the top five.