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Women’s Basketball: TCU starts Big 12 play with win over BYU

The Frogs won their first conference game of the season 81-67.

TCU Women’s Basketball stayed undefeated with their first Big 12 win of the season over BYU by a score of 81-67. TCU moved to 14-0 with the win, improving on the best start in program history. The Frogs’ ability to shoot the three was a driving force in the 14-point victory. TCU knocked down 8-of-16 attempts from deep, good for a 50 percent rate from beyond the arc. TCU did an excellent job defensively against the Cougars, holding them to just 38.7 percent shooting from the field as a team.

TCU’s starters were dominant, leading the Frogs to a win despite BYU scoring 12 more bench points than the Frogs. Thanks to a strong defensive effort, TCU jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the first quarter. The Frogs would take the lead into halftime despite being outscored in the second quarter 18=17. Another dominant quarter defensively in the third extended the TCU lead to 63-43 going into the final 10 minutes.

TCU would survive a late surge from BYU in the fourth quarter to secure the win. TCU’s ability to attack the basket and not just rely on jump shots was instrumental in the win. The Frogs outscored the Cougars in points in the paint by a tally of 38-20.

Sedona Prince picked up her third straight double-double and her ninth on the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds against BYU. It was a very efficient 25 points from Prince, she shot 50 percent from the field, made 4-of-5 free throws, and made her one 3-point attempt. She was impactful on the defensive end too, recording three blocks and many more solid contests.

Jaden Owens was the second Frog to pick up a double-double in the game against BYU, putting up 15 points and dishing out 10 assists. Owens did a good job on the glass from her guard position collecting six rebounds in the game as well. Agnes Emma-Nnopu was the third and final Frog to record a double-double against BYU with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Emma-Nnopu was deadly from three, knocking down 4-of-7 attempts.

Madison Conner also had a strong game with 21 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Conner shot the three well, making 2-of-3 from deep.

The Frogs will face their toughest opponent so far in their next game on the road against No. 6 ranked Baylor. It will be a battle of unbeatens and top-25 ranked teams on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. Baylor has a balanced scoring attack with seven players averaging at least nine points per game. TCU has the two leading scorers, points per game wise coming into the contest in Conner at 22.4 and Prince at 21.3. The Frogs will need big performances from their stars to pull off the upset on the road.