The Frogs suffered their second straight loss this past Saturday, this time at the hands of Oklahoma State by a score of 67-59. The Frogs started slowly, being outscored in the first and second quarters by margins of five and nine points respectively.
TCU came out of halftime hot, cutting into the lead and making it just a four-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Some solid shooting in the final period from the Cowgirls halted the comeback attempt as the Frogs were outscored by four in the fourth quarter. TCU was without their star center Sedona Prince, who broke her finger in the last game against Baylor and will be out for the foreseeable future. Prince is an excellent rim protector who set up the 2-3 zone that the Frogs had run most of the time to start the year.
Without Prince, the Frogs played much more man-to-man defense and did a solid job, forcing seventeen OSU turnovers and holding the Cowgirls to just over 40 percent shooting from the field. The issue for the Frogs arose in the rebounding department where Oklahoma State outrebounded them 44-33. The Frogs will be undersized while Prince is hurt and will need to adjust to a team to box out better without Prince who averages over ten rebounds a game.
TCU’s offense struggled against Oklahoma State as the Frogs shot under 30 percent from the field and just 25 percent from three. The Frogs simply have to shoot better to win in a very competitive Big 12 Conference. TCU did a good job recognizing that they were having a tough jump-shooting night and started to attack the basket and get to the free-throw line. The Frogs did a good job knocking down their free throws while at the line as well, making 16-of-19 attempts good for over 84 percent.
For a team that averages 77 points per game, holding an opponent to 67 should result in a win, but the offense did not adapt fast enough in this one. TCU was led in scoring by Madison Conner who dropped 20 points along with five rebounds, an assist, two steals and a block. Conner was efficient in attacking the basket late in the game and made all six of her free throw attempts in this game. Jaden Owens scored a season-high 19 points against Oklahoma State while also dishing out six assists, collecting four rebounds, and picking up one steal.
With a 21-per-game scorer in Prince out, the Frogs will need more games like this from Owens to keep the offense afloat. The Frogs will have a great chance to bounce back with a signature win when they travel to Austin this Wednesday for a game against the No. 10 ranked Texas Longhorns. Texas has just one loss on the year, coming at home against a very good Baylor team, and has two top-25 wins so far this year.
The Texas offense is explosive, averaging almost 90 points per game and the Frogs will need to have another good defensive performance to have a chance on the road. If the Frogs return to their shooting standards from earlier in the year, they have the ability to score with anyone. The game is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 and will be televised on the Longhorn Network.