A flawless start to the 2023-24 season continued for the TCU women’s basketball team over the weekend, when the Horned Frogs took down UTEP and Nebraska to claim the St. Pete Showcase title and move to 7-0 on the season. TCU tipped off the tournament in dominant fashion on Thursday, cruising over UTEP 85-56 before outlasting Nebraska for an 88-81 victory on Saturday to clinch the championship. The Horned Frogs finished the month of November unbeaten and they’ll return to action against Tulsa on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: TCU 85, UTEP 56
Madison Conner led the Horned Frogs in their tournament opener against the Miners, scoring a team-high 28 points while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. Sedona Prince shined on both ends of the floor, finishing with 19 points as well as seven rebounds and five blocks in the win. Cal State Fullerton transfer Una Jovanovic enjoyed arguably her best performance in a TCU uniform, scoring 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 3-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line. Agnes Emma-Nnopu compiled nine points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Horned Frogs, who shot nearly 51 percent in the victory.
TCU controlled the game from the opening quarter, taking an 18-11 lead before outscoring the Miners 23-11 in the second quarter to enter the locker room with a 41-22 halftime lead. The Horned Frogs forced 16 turnovers and held UTEP to a 33.9 shooting percentage from the field as well as a 20.0 shooting percentage from 3-point range. Jaden Owens totaled a team-high five assists for the Horned Frogs, who finished with 20 assists as a squad. TCU scored 44 points in the paint as well as 17 second chance points in the win over UTEP.
Saturday: TCU 88, Nebraska 81
The Horned Frogs dominated the first half against the Cornhuskers, outscoring Nebraska 45-25. TCU overcame a tough third quarter, where Nebraska scored 31 points before bringing the Horned Frogs within single digits during the fourth quarter. The Cornhuskers had no answers for the TCU offense, however, as the Horned Frogs saw four players reach double figures including Agnes Emma-Nnopu, who scored a season-high 26 points with seven rebounds. Sedona Prince followed with a 23-point, 11-rebound, five-block showing.
Aaliyah Roberson delivered a clutch performance off the bench, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with four rebounds. Madison Conner chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Horned Frogs, who had 30 points in the paint and 11 second chance points in the victory over Nebraska. TCU took care of the ball, committing just seven turnovers.