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TCU News: “I saw an elite competitor who was so focused I could connect to.”

Raegan Pebley shares her Kobe Bryant memories.

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Danny Mourning

Basketball:

TCU women’s coach explains the other part of Kobe Bryant’s legacy: women’s basketball | The Star-Telegram

Pebley shared some special moments with Kobe.

Pebley spent some time with Bryant in the summers of 2018, and 2019. Pebley was working a small basketball clinic at Vanguard University in Southern California when their paths crossed.

Because his life ended far too soon, he was unable to broaden a part of his legacy that Pebley witnessed. Because he had daughters of his own who played basketball, Bryant was a fierce advocate for women’s basketball.

Kobe Bryant would have been a towering spokesperson not just for the WNBA, but for girls playing basketball everywhere

“He was so excited about what was happening whether it was the WNBA or in college,” Pebley said. “He was not there to change it. He was there to just enjoy it and help it. He was doing a lot in affirming. He loved he product already.

TCU Nets Another Road Win, Downs OSU 72-68 | www.gofrogs.com

This is a team worth paying attention to.

Both teams traded punches throughout the majority of the game, but after 20 different lead changes, TCU finally turned the tide and managed to take control late. TCU’s largest lead was a seven-point advantage, up 41-34 with 7:42 left to play in the third quarter, but OSU climbed back and it wasn’t until 6:48 left to play in the game that the Horned Frogs took the lead and never let go. Heard would score 12 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, with a 10-of-10 effort from the charity stripe. Woods scored 11 of her career-high 22 points in the fourth quarter also, as both players combined to score 23 of TCU’s fourth quarter points. TCU shot just 35 percent from the field and OSU countered with a 40 percent effort, but TCU drained five more attempts from the free throw line, which became the difference in the game.

Lack of execution, 3-point defense doom TCU in loss to Texas | The Star-Telegram

A brutal loss at home for the Horned Frogs.

The Horned Frogs want to limit opposing teams to five 3-pointers or less. They want to win the rebounding battle. They want to execute in late-game situations.

TCU failed in achieving those goals on Wednesday night, as Texas escaped with a 62-61 victory at Schollmaier Arena.

“As I told our guys, we can’t go into games where certain things we have to do, that we’re going to do, and not even come close to fulfilling those goals,” TCU coach Jamie Dixon said.

Instead of holding Texas to less than five 3-pointers, the Longhorns drained 11-of-22 from long range, including five by junior guard Jase Febres.

Football:

Why TCU’s Jalen Reagor made the most of a bad situation in 2019 | 247 Sports

Honestly, I am over the tweets and the passive-aggressiveness shown by Reagor on social media. I am sure he didn’t plan to be thrown to primarily by a pair of first-year starters over his final two years, but it’s time to move on, man.

Though one can only speculate how the Waxahachie native’s draft stock may have looked had TCU fared better than a 5-7 finish in 2019, Reagor has been commended by some for making the most of a less-than-desirable situation in Fort Worth this past fall. On Wednesday, Adam Gayle of Pro Football spoke of Reagor’s impressive versatility while highlighting the fact that Reagor’s luck in 2019 was among the lowest in college football when it came to accurate passes being tossed his direction. Even then, that didn’t stop him hauling in more than 600 receiving yards.

”Reagor had the fourth-lowest percentage of accurate targets — on-target passes in his direction — of any receiver in college football,” Pro Football Focus’ Gayle said. “That’s insane. It’s hard to produce at such a high level when you have such an inaccurate quarterback throwing him the football. And when we talked to him, I think you mentioned it, but Jalen Reagor was used at wide receiver — that’s where TCU wanted him and that was the design — but this guy can play in the slot. You can get create with his usage and find ways to get him the football.”