Patterson can focus on the big picture now instead of getting overly involved with the day to day minutia.
The biggest change this season is defensive coordinator Chad Glasgow moving from safeties to linebackers. This has allowed Patterson to take linebacker off his daily ledger of responsibilities. Glasgow, who played linebacker at Oklahoma State, has coached safeties for Patterson for 17 seasons.
Paul Gonzales moved from cornerbacks to safeties and former TCU safety Jeremy Modkins was hired as cornerbacks coach after serving as a defensive analyst the previous four seasons.
The women keep cooking, as they went into one of the toughest places to win in the sport and took a postseason W.
The Frogs (22-12) trailed by seven at halftime, and by as many as 14 overall, before a 29-point third quarter put them in charge against the Lobos (25-11) at The Pit.
Jayde Woods’ layup put the Frogs ahead 71-67 with 3:39 left in the fourth quarter, and her three-point play at the 2:02 mark built the lead to 76-70.
Jordan Moore led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds. Woods added 14 points and four assists, Amy Okonkwo finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, and Kianna Ray had 12 points and six rebounds.
It’s the second time TCU has won on the road in the postseason.
This team is not yet clicking on all cylinders, and with Big 12 play starting tonight, there isn’t much time to get things on track. Schloss wants to slow the Omaha bus down considerably in response.
“We’re so far away from being the club we want to be,” Schlossnagle said. “I learned a long time ago to never look down on a win because we’ll take it but we’re just a tremendous work in progress. There isn’t a phase of the game that we don’t need to get better at.”
TCU has committed 11 errors in its past six games, including a throwing error to first by reliever Charles King in the seventh that allowed Pine Bluffs’ lone run. Perhaps it’s just a rough stretch. They had only 11 errors combined in their first 12 games.
”What’s alarming is when you see things, like tonight, they’re not physical, things we worked on since Day 1,” Schlossnagle said, referring to a few base running mistakes and fielding off the mound.
”Those are hallmarks of our program and we’re 18 games into the season and we shouldn’t see some of the things we’re seeing,” Schlossnagle said.
On Tuesday, right fielder A.J. Balta and second baseman Coby Boulware both made dazzling defensive plays. Balta quickly picked up a shallow pop that dropped in front of him and fired to third to throw out the lead runner in the fifth. Boulware tracked down a grounder on the short stop side of the bag and made a strong throw to get the third out in the top of the eighth.