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Women’s Basketball: TCU drops trio of Big 12 games

The Frogs went 0-3 this past week after tough losses to the Jayhawks and Longhorns at home and to the Sooners on the road.

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TCU Women’s basketball played in three tough games this past week against Kansas at home, on the road against No. 24-ranked Oklahoma, and then again at home against No. 7-ranked Texas. First was the home game against the Jayhawks where the Frogs lost in a close one, by a final score of 81-74.

Both Kansas and TCU shot very well from three in this game with KU knocking down 7-of-16 attempts from deep and the Frogs hitting 11-of-28. Rebounding was an issue for the Frogs in this game as Kansas had 36 boards to the Frogs’ 25. Those 36 rebounds included 14 offensive rebounds leading in part to the offensive explosion from the Jayhawks.

TCU needed to do a better job defensively against Kansas who had two players score at least 20 points and four in double digits. The Frogs did have a 20-point scorer of their own in Sydney Harris, who scored 22 points off the bench. Harris was hot from three, making five shots from distance. This was Harris’ fourth straight game in double digits as she has been excellent off the bench for TCU.

Agnes Emma-Nnopu also had a very good game for the Frogs, scoring 18 points and collecting eight rebounds. Emma-Nnopu did a great job drawing contact and getting to the line, securing eight rebounds and making six of them. Ball movement for the Frogs was excellent in the game against the Jayhawks, as they had 23 assists as a team compared to just 13 assists by Kansas.

The first quarter was relatively low scoring from both sides with Kansas scoring 16 and the Frogs scoring 14. The offenses picked up in the second quarter, however, with Kansas extending their lead by one thanks to 21 points in the quarter. The Frogs would come out of the locker room hot, scoring 27 points in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the last 10 minutes.

TCU unfortunately went cold down the stretch, with just 13 points in the fourth quarter as Kansas was able to complete the comeback and pick up the road win.

The game on the road against Oklahoma was not as competitive with the Sooners taking a 17-point win by a final score of 72-55. A key facet of the five-out offense that the Frogs have started to run in the absence of Sedona Prince is the ability to knock down jump shots. On cold shooting nights, the five-out offense can be ineffective.

The Frogs ran into this challenge against the Sooners, shooting just 20.7 percent from three and under 40 percent from the field as a team. Turnovers were also a problem with the Frogs picking up sixteen turnovers as a team against OU. The defensive effort from TCU was solid even with not many shots falling on the other side. The Frogs were led in scoring by Sydney Harris, who had 17 points off the bench on an efficient 6-of-11 from the field.

The Frogs have found a very dangerous scorer in Harris who has scored in double figures every time she has played more than five minutes this season. Aaliyah Roberson came one rebound away from a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, her fourth straight game in double digits. The Frogs kept it very close in the first half, thanks to a couple of strong defensive quarters, holding OU to just 31 points in the first half. Oklahoma would get their offense going in the second half while the Frogs were unable to get shots to fall.

Yesterday, the Frogs took on the No. 7 team in the nation, Texas, at home and lost in a fairly low-scoring game by a score of 65-43. The Frogs struggled to put the ball in the basket all game, shooting under 30 percent from the field as a team. TCU also turned the ball over nineteen times in the game and only had 11 assists as a team.

Credit has to be given to UT’s defense for holding what has been a very good 3-point shooting team in the TCU to just 27.6 percent from deep in this game. While the offense for the Frogs had an off night, TCU played very well on the defensive end of the floor. Texas averages about 83 points per game as a team and the Frogs held them to nearly 20 points below that mark. The Frogs limited the damage Texas was able to do from three, holding the Longhorns to a measly 28.6 percent from deep as a team.

Emma-Nnopu came one rebound away from a double-double as she put up 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist and a block. Aaliyah Roberson had a solid game on both sides of the floor with 11 points, six rebounds, one assist and four steals. Roberson has now scored in double figures in five straight games and knocked down two threes in the game against Texas. Sydney Harris provided some solid bench scoring, making 2-of-4 attempts from deep on her way to eight points. Una Jovanovich was the third Frog in double figures with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Both defenses played extremely well in the first half as both teams were held under thirty points for the first 20 minutes. The Frogs were only down three going into halftime, but needed to get their offense going in the second half to stay in the game. The Texas offense did not stay cold in the second half and scored 26 points in the third quarter. Unfortunately, the Frogs couldn’t get into a rhythm and Texas pulled away down the stretch as TCU was outscored by 14 and five points in the third and fourth quarters respectively.

Another opportunity for a signature win waits for the Frogs on Tuesday with No. 22 ranked West Virginia set to travel to Fort Worth for a game against TCU at 6:30 pm. The Mountaineers are 20-3 on the year but are coming off of a loss on the road to a very good Baylor team. West Virginia, like TCU, went undefeated in its non-conference schedule and has played well in a tough Big 12 conference with a record of 9-3 in conference play.

JJ Quinerly is the leading scorer for the Mountaineers averaging over nineteen points per game on very solid shooting splits of 46/35/83. Quinerly is active on the defensive end as well, averaging over three steals per game. The TCU guards will need to play a great game on both sides of the ball for the Frogs to pull off the upset at home.