TCU Returns with a Win


Dec. 18, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a week off, the TCU women's basketball team was sluggish early, but dominated the middle quarters and pulled away for a 77-48 win over Texas Southern at Schollmaier Arena on Sunday afternoon.

TCU (7-3) committed eight turnovers in the first quarter alone, but had just three over the next 20 minutes and dominated inside to pull away. Sophomore center Jordan Moore finished one point shy of a career high as she scored all 15 of her points in the first half. Her frontcourt mate, sophomore Amy Okonkwo, added 11 points in the first half and finished the game with 13.

The Frogs moved the ball well as they posted 22 assists on their 27 made baskets. Defensively, TCU forced Texas Southern (5-4) into 23 turnovers and also held the Tigers under 30 percent shooting overall from the field.

The Rundown
The first quarter was sloppy for both teams as they combined for 15 turnovers. The Frogs committed eight of those miscues, but Moore poured in nine points to outscore Texas Southern by herself.

TCU led, 17-7, after the first 10 minutes as it held the Tigers to 3-of-14 shooting. The game stayed close early in the second quarter as Okonkwo was the only Frog that could find the score sheet. She scored TCU's first eight points of the frame, but Texas Southern stayed close at 25-19 with 5:34 to go.

From there, Moore scored six straight points, then AJ Alix connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 18-2 run to close the half for TCU. The run spanned over five minutes and during it the Tigers had six turnovers.

The Frogs continued the strong defense in the third quarter as they held Texas Southern to just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting and led 61-30 after 30 minutes. All five of the Frogs' starters stayed on the bench during the fourth quarter as the TCU reserves closed out the game.

After scoring 15 points in the first half, Moore played just five minutes in the second half, finishing her night with the 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Okonkwo finished with 13 points, including 7-of-8 free throws, six rebounds and four assists.

Alix added nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from deep and also recorded a game-high six assists.

Stat of the Game
44.4 -- TCU shoot 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from 3-point range. The Frogs started the game 0-fo-7 from deep, meaning they then connected on 8-of-11 to close the game. TCU entered the game fourth in the NCAA at 42.2 percent from deep as a team.

Quote of the Game
Raegan Pebley on her team's play at this time: "This is the time when you really want to solidify your identity; heading into Christmas and conference play. I think we have been able to find a good rotation, and that is awesome that we've been able to establish that. I think we are doing a much better job of establishing a paint presence and trying to own the paint on both ends. Offensively we're working inside-out and defensively we're really trying to protect the paint."

Notes
- The win was the 199th of Raegan Pebley's head-coaching career.
- TCU won for the 43rd time in its last 45 home games against unranked teams.
- TCU is now 15-5 at Schollmaier Arena and 36-9 at home under Pebley.
- The Frogs recorded 22 assists, their fifth game with at least 20 assists this season.
- TCU allowed just seven points in the first quarter, their best first-quarter effort of the season. The previous best was nine points allowed against Incarnate Word in the season opener.
- TCU's 26 points in the second quarter were its most in any second quarter this season.
- The Frogs hit eight 3-pointers, giving them at least six in every game this season.
- Sophomore Jordan Moore finished with three blocks, giving her eight straight games with at least one block.
- Moore scored 15 points, one shy of her career high. She scored all 15 in the first half, then played just five minutes in the second half.
- Junior AJ Alix hit at least three 3-pointers for the seventh time in 10 games this season. She has done so 21 times in her career.
- Sophomore Adeola Akomolafe tied a career-high with eight points.

Up Next
TCU closes its nonconference schedule on Tuesday when Alcorn State visits Schollmaier Arena for a 6:30 p.m. contest. The Frogs will then take some time off for the holidays before returning to Fort Worth to open Big 12 play with No. 14 West Virginia on Thursday, December 29.


 

 

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