Okonkwo, Defense Lead TCU to Win


Nov. 11, 2016

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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.

The Rundown
Both teams started off cold from the field as TCU led 13-7 with over eight minutes gone in the first quarter. That is when Okonkwo hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and extended the TCU lead to double digits, 19-9, to end the first quarter.

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.

Stat of the Game
10 -- In a very balanced effort, all 13 Frogs in uniform played at least 10 minutes. Nobody played more than 21 minutes and every Horned Frog scored at least four points.

Quote of the Game
Amy Okonkwo on making her TCU debut -- "It was great. After a whole year of practicing and not being able to play in the games; that was a learning experience. Now being able to be on the floor with my teammates is an amazing opportunity. I'm so grateful for it."

Notes
- The Frogs held UIW to 19.6 percent 11-of-56) shooting, the seventh time in program history TCU has held a team under 20 percent
- Amy Okonkwo, who played her freshman season at USC, scored a career-high 21 points and had her first career double-double with 10 rebounds in her TCU debut
- Sophomore Adeola Akomolafe had career-highs of eight points and eight rebounds
- Junior Sydney Coleman tied career-highs with six points and four assists
- Freshmen Mikayla Christian, Ella Hellessey, Amber Ramirez and Kianna Ray all made their career debuts
- Ramirez, a 5-foot-8 guard and the first McDonald's All-American in TCU history, posted a game-high three blocks
- TCU posted 25 assists, tying its best output from a season. TCU has 25 assists in its WNIT Second Round win over Eastern Michigan, its last game at Schollmaier Arena before Friday night.
- TCU won its 17th straight home game against an unranked opponent; the Frogs have won 37 of their last 38 home games against unranked teams
- TCU won its sixth straight home game overall and moved to 9-4 in Schollmaier Arena
- The Frogs have won four-straight season-openers and are 24-16 all-time in season openers
- TCU has also won four-straight home openers and is 30-10 all-time in home openers
- TCU is now 33-5 when leading at halftime under Pebley
- All 12 Horned Frogs in uniform played and scored at least four points
- At one point in the fourth quarter, all four of TCU's freshmen in uniform were on the court together, along with Moore
- TCU's starting lineup featured junior AJ Alix, junior Toree Thompson, freshman Kianna Ray, senior Jada Butts and sophomore Jordan Moore

Up Next
TCU continues its season-opening homestand when Sam Houston State visits Schollmaier Arena on Tuesday for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Frogs will play their first four games at home.

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