Jordan Moore is one of the all-time greats when it comes to TCU Basketball history.
The senior center is closing out her collegiate career with a postseason run, one that she and the program felt should have been in the NCAA Tournament. Instead, though, the Frogs get at least one more chance to play on their home floor, tomorrow against crosstown rival UT Arlington at 2:00pm
TCU opened their Women’s NIT run with an absolute thrashing of Prairie View A&M, dispatching the Panthers by a final of 72-41. In the game, Moore had 14 points and six rebounds - in just 20 minutes of play. On the season, the likely WNBA draft pick this spring is going off for 16/8, leading the team in both categories while shooting nearly 60% from the field. She’s not alone, though; the Frogs’ offense features four players who average over 8.0 ppg, including fellow senior Amy Okonkwo - one of the most fun players to watch in the game with her combination of power inside and a sweet shooting stroke from deep.
Saturday’s game will be a tougher test than the opener; the Mavs went 24-7 on the season, winning the Sun Belt regular season title before falling to in a stunning upset to South Alabama - a team that had soundly beaten earlier in the season. The Mavs can score (over 70 points per game) and have a point differential of +11. They’re really good, and the Frogs will need all the support they can garner to keep their dreams of bringing home a title alive. The Frogs’ fifth year head coach, Raegan Pebley, knows it. “We know that when our Frog Fans show up they can create an X Factor in Schollmaier that is awesome! Our team wants to experience that.”
And it’s not just about experiencing something special, it has a direct impact on where the team plays next.
Waiting the winner of Saturday’s game in Fort Worth will be the winner of Arkansas-UAB, a game being played in Fayetteville. Whichever team has the highest attendance for their game this weekend will host the next. And that’s a huge deal for both programs - the Frogs are 15-3 at Schollmaier Arena and the Razorbacks have a winning record as well on their home floor at 10-6.
Moore, Okonkwo, and the rest of the team would certainly like to stay in Fort Worth as they continue their run. Arkansas scanned over 3,000 tickets for their round one matchup with Houston, while TCU had less than 1,000. The Razorbacks are promoting the heck out of round two, and Pebley and the Frogs would like to see their community rally around their program as well. “Come on out and show these women they matter to y’all and help lead us to victory!”
It’s a perfect day for Frog fans, who can watch the NIT second round matchup at 2:00pm before heading out to Lupton for Saturday night (first pitch is set for 7:30pm). Tickets are no more than $11 for the basketball game, and there will be multiple giveaways throughout, with the first 250 fans receiving hats and seven lucky fans being gifted $100 each during timeouts. Heck, make a weekend out of it and do the double-header Sunday, too, with the series finale against the Longhorns at 1:00pm and the TCU men playing Nebraska at 8:30pm.
This is a really great team that has three exceptional senior athletes leading it. Show up, show out, and support your Frogs as they fight to keep their postseason dreams alive!