TCU Moves to 4-0 Ahead of Saturday's Showdown


Nov. 22, 2016



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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team closed a four-game homestand with an 83-47 win over Grambling on Tuesday night at Schollmaier Arena. The Frogs are now 4-0 for the first time since 2008 with a game at No. 1 Notre Dame coming up on Saturday.

Sophomore Amy Okonkwo led TCU with 18 points off the bench on Tuesday night thanks to a perfect 8-of-8 night from the field. The eight makes without a miss are the most in TCU history.

Okonkwo added seven rebounds while sophomore Adeola Akomolafe grabbed a career-high 12 boards to help TCU to a 47-30 advantage over Grambling (1-3) on the glass.

The Rundown
TCU got three 3-pointers from junior AJ Alix in the first quarter, including a buzzer-beater from nearly halfcourt, to take a 22-10 lead after the first 10 minutes. The Frogs hit 7-of-13 shots in the first quarter and only upped the percentage with an 8-of-14 effort in the second.

The Frogs also held Grambling to just eight points in the second quarter and pulled out to a 41-18 halftime advantage thanks to the 54 percent (15-of-28) shooting.

Grambling cut into the lead in the third quarter with a 19-18 advantage, but TCU poured on 24 points in the fourth, led by nine from Okonkwo, to grow the final margin.

Alix, senior Jada Butts and freshman Ella Hellessey all scored 10 points to join Okonkwo in double figures. Hellessey also added eight boards and team-highs of four assists and two blocks.

The Frogs recorded 22 assists and have now gone over 20 in all four games this season. TCU's game-by-game stats are readily available beginning with the 1999-2000 season, and since then the Frogs have never had even three straight games with 20-plus assists until now.

Stat of the Game
8 -- Amy Okonkwo was 8-of-8 from the field for 18 points. Her eight shots without a miss are the most in TCU history. The previous record was 7-of-7 held by Delisa Gross against San Diego State in 2011 and Ashley Davis against Colorado State in 2007.

Quote of the Game
Raegan Pebley on Amy Okonkwo's play off the bench -- "It's important that your bench has players that are confident and consistent regardless if they're coming off the bench. They have to adapt pretty quickly and that requires IQ. I think one of Amy's greatest assets is her IQ, and she can score."

Notes
- TCU is 4-0 for the first time since 2008 and for the fifth time in program history.
- TCU held the Lady Tigers to 29 percent (20-of-69) shooting, the third time in four games TCU has held a team under 30 percent.
- TCU outrebounded Grambling, 47-30, its largest rebounding since outrebounding Prairie View A&M by 17 (56-39) on Nov. 24, 2015.
- Amy Okonkwo scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. She also had seven rebounds and three assists.
- TCU recorded 22 assists, giving the Frogs 20-plus assists in four straight games to start the season. Four different Frogs had at least three assists.
- Grambling missed its first 14 3-pointers. The Lady Tigers first make came with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter. They finished 1-of-21
- The Frogs scored over 80 points for the third time in four games this season (76 in other).
- TCU won its 20th straight home game against an unranked opponent; the Frogs have won 40 of their last 41 home games against unranked teams.
- TCU won its ninth straight home game overall, moved to 12-4 in Schollmaier Arena and 33-8 at home under Pebley.
- TCU is now 36-5 when leading at halftime under Pebley.
- The win was Pebley's 40th at TCU and the 196th overall in her career.
- Freshman Danielle Rainey entered the game midway through the second quarter to make her TCU debut. She scored her first points as a Horned Frog on a third-quarter 3-pointer.
- TCU's starting lineup featured junior AJ Alix, freshman Amber Ramirez, senior Jada Butts, freshman Kianna Ray, and sophomore Adeola Akomolafe.
- Ramirez and Akomolafe made their first career starts.

Up Next
TCU will face its first road trip when it travels to take on No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday at Purcell Pavilion. The game will air on ACC Network Extra, which is available through WatchESPN.com.

 

 

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