Okonkwo, Defense Lead TCU to Win
Nov. 11, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team suffocated Incarnate Word all night and used a breakout performance from Amy Okonkwo to open its 40th season with an 88-40 win at Schollmaier Arena on Friday night.
The Frogs (1-0) held the Cardinals (0-1) under 20 percent shooting on the night, including a 1-of-11 mark in a third quarter in which TCU outscored UIW, 26-6. It was the seventh time in program history that TCU has held an opponent under 20 percent as UIW hit 11-of-56 shots on the night for 19.6 percent.
Okonkwo, a sophomore transfer from USC, hit two first-quarter 3-pointers and never looked back on her way to 21 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. She shot 7-of-9 overall, 3-of-4 from deep and 4-of-4 from the free throw line in her TCU debut.
TCU dominated inside in the second quarter, posting an 18-0 advantage in points in the paint, to push its lead to 38-23 at halftime.
The Frogs really ran away with the game in the third quarter when they hit 10-of-15 shots, including three 3-pointers. TCU held UIW to six points on 1-of-11 shooting in the frame and extended its lead even further with a 26-6 advantage in the third.
In all on the night, TCU's inside presence was dominant as the Frogs outscored the Cardinals in the paint, 48-8, and also recorded nine blocks. The Frogs also only turned the ball over nine times while forcing 18 miscues that led directly to 21 points and were part of a 22-0 advantage in fast break points.
Jordan Moore joined Okonkwo in double figures with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds. AJ Alix and Sydney Coleman tied Okonkwo for team-high honors with four assists each.
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