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Women’s Basketball: TCU falls to No. 10 Texas on the road

The Frogs have now lost three straight games.

The Frogs dropped their third straight game with a loss in Austin to the Texas Longhorns by a score of 72-60. The Frogs did a good job battling on the boards without their star center Sedona Prince, who remained out due to a broken finger. TCU was out-rebounded but only by two rebounds. The free throw differential was a big issue for the Frogs as TCU attempted just eight free throws compared to 32 attempts for the Longhorns.

TCU needed to better protect the rim without fouling and attacking the basket to take advantage of tighter foul calling from the referees. Both would be easier to accomplish with a star rim protector and post scorer on the floor, but the Frogs need to find a way to adapt and overcome to keep their season on track despite injuries. A positive sign for the Frogs is that the 3-point shooting prowess that was a big part of their non-conference success made a return against the Longhorns as TCU knocked down 7-of-18 attempts from deep.

TCU had gone relatively cold from deep in recent games and this shooting performance was a positive signal for the rest of the season especially with the need for more scoring with the injury to Prince. Another great sign was that the Frog defense held Texas to its second-lowest scoring output of the season despite all the free throws. The Frogs forced 16 turnovers and held the Longhorns to a shooting percentage just above 40 percent as a team.

The Frogs do need to do a better job taking care of the ball moving forward as they picked up 23 turnovers as a team against the Longhorns compared to just 13 assists. Both offenses struggled in the first quarter, scoring just 13 points apiece. The Texas offense picked up in the second quarter, scoring 21 points while the Frogs continued to struggle to get buckets with another 13-point quarter. The Frogs turned it around in the third, though, out-scoring UT 22-19. The comeback attempt was stomped out in the fourth quarter as the TCU offense went cold again, mustering just twelve points in the final 10 minutes.

Aaliyah Roberson was inserted into the starting lineup and provided an immediate impact, leading the Frogs in scoring with 15 points and collecting six rebounds as well. Roberson was very efficient in her scoring effort, taking just eight shots and making seven of them. She was also very active on the defensive end with three blocks and two steals. Expect Roberson to remain in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future as she provides size and an interior presence that is currently at a premium on the TCU roster.

Madison Conner joined Roberson in double figures with fourteen points, four assists, two rebounds, and a steal. The Frogs got great shooting off the bench from Victoria Flores and Una Jovanovic who knocked down two threes and scored eight points each. Their performance was encouraging for a team that has lacked bench production at times this season.

The Frogs will stay on the road for their next game as they will travel to Houston on Jan. 13 for a matchup with the Cougars. Houston is coming off their first conference win of the season against BYU at home. The Cougars sit at 10-5 overall with a 1-3 record in the Big 12. The Frogs will need to focus on defending the paint as Houston struggles to shoot the three, averaging under 30 percent from deep as a team. No road game is easy but this should be a solid chance for the Frogs to get back in the win column.