Seven in a row?
TCU made a big statement on the road Tuesday night, crushing the Iowa State Cyclones from tip to whistle to earn their seventh straight Big 12 victory as they continue to climb up the standings and into March Madness discussions.
Just hours after being left out of the most recent bracketology, Raegan Pebley’s squad showed why they deserve to go dancing come March, taking a 43-29 lead into the locker room at halftime on their way to a 75-52 win. Led by Jordan Moore, who had a career-best 25 points, the Frogs used a balance scoring attack (six players with at least five points), and a smothering defense effort (ISU shot 36% from the field and 25% from three) to run the 9-13 Clones off of their home floor. Coach Pebley had a good game plan, and her players executed it to a T. ”I think our extended pressure was beneficial to us defensively and took them out of some operating areas offensively. I think that was something we really felt like we needed to do because they execute so well and shoot the ball so well.”
TCU was dominant on the boards, turning 13 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points, and they out-rebounded Iowa State 41-24. Five Frogs had at least five rebounds, led by Moore’s six. TCU out-shot the Cyclones 17 to eight from the line, sinking 15 of them.
TCU won every quarter but the last, though they did have to endure one big push by Iowa State. The Cyclones opened the fourth on a 10-0 run to cut the Frogs’ lead to 15, but TCU ended the run and held the Clones scoreless for the final seven plus minutes to secure the win.
The seven straight conference wins is the longest streak for TCU since 2008, and they will put it on the line once again when they travel to Austin for a rematch against Texas, who they beat just a few games back on their home floor. The game, which takes place Saturday at 12:00pm at the Erwin Center, will be the site of ESPN’s College Game Day show.