Dec. 20, 2016
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team posted its largest margin of victory under Raegan Pebley, set a school record and grabbed the coach's 200th career win in an eventful 95-39 win over Alcorn State at Schollmaier Arena on Tuesday night.
TCU (8-3) shot a school-record 67.3 percent (35-of-52) from the field in the game and closes nonconference play on a three-game winning streak. The Frogs were even better from 3-point range where they hit 69.2 percent (9-of-13), tying for the fourth best mark in school history.
Freshman Mikayla Christian led the Frogs with 19 points off the bench, including 5-of-7 from long range, blowing away her previous career-high of six points. Sophomore Adeola Akomolafe also posted career-highs with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds, giving her the first double-double of her career.
Tia Sanders scored 17 points for Alcorn State (0-10), but the rest of the Lady Braves managed just 22 points as TCU held the team to 27 percent (15-of-56) shooting. TCU also dominated on the glass, posting a 47-19 rebounding advantage.
One game after allowing a season-low seven points in the first quarter, TCU nearly matched that mark as it held Alcorn State to eight and held a 21-8 advantage after 10 minutes.
The lead only grew from there as Christian hit two of her 3-pointers in the second quarter to spark a 25-point frame for the Frogs. After shooting just 38 percent in the first quarter, TCU hit 71 percent (10-of-14) in the second and led 46-20 at the break.
Just when it seamed the Frogs were clicking on all cylinders, they turned it up a notch with an 11-of-12 shooting effort in the third quarter, led by eight of Akomolafe's 15 points.
TCU was equally good at 8-of-10 shooting in the fourth quarter and held Alcorn State to 2-of-16 and just five points, tied for the fewest allowed by TCU in any quarter this season. Overall in the second half, TCU hit 19-of-22 (86.3 percent) and held Alcorn to 7-of-28 (25 percent).
Stat of the Game
86.3 -- As part of a school-record 67.3 percent shooting overall, TCU hit 86.3 percent (19-of-22) in the second half.
Quote of the Game
Raegan Pebley on her 200th career win -- "It's really 200 for every player who's ever been on the court while I've just been on the sideline. I don't earn them, they do."
- The win was the 200th of Raegan Pebley's head-coaching career. She won 110 games in nine seasons at Utah State, 46 in two seasons at Fresno State and now has 44 in her third season at TCU.
- Pebley is the sixth of the 10 active Big 12 coaches with 200 career wins, despite being the second youngest of the 10.
- TCU set a school record with a 67.3 field goal percentage (35-of-52), breaking the mark of 61.5 percent that was set last season against Stephen F. Austin.
- TCU shot 86.3 percent (19-of-22) in the second half.
- The Frogs' 56-point win was the largest since a 58-point, 96-38, win over Houston Baptist in 2010-11.
- TCU's 95 points were the second most scored under Pebley, behind only a 97-73 win over UTRGV in last season's WNIT First Round.
- The Frogs hit nine 3-pointers, giving them at least six in every game this season. TCU shot 69 percent (9-of-13) from deep, tying for the fourth best mark in school history in games with at least eight makes.
- Alcorn State's five fourth-quarter points were the fewest allowed by TCU in the fourth quarter this season. They tied for the fewest allowed in any quarter (Sam Houston State, 3rd quarter).
- TCU won for the 44th time in its last 46 home games against unranked teams.
- TCU is now 16-5 at Schollmaier Arena and 37-9 at home under Pebley.
- TCU won its final game before Christmas break for the sixth straight season.
- TCU finishes nonconference play at 8-3 for the third consecutive season.
- The Frogs recorded 23 assists, their fifth game with at least 20 assists this season.
- Mikayla Christian set a new career-high with 19 points. She passed her previous high of six points with 6:17 remaining in the second quarter and scored 11 in the first half.
- Adeola Akomolafe set career highs with 15 points and 13 rebounds, posting her first career double-double. She tied her career-high in TCU's previous game with eight points against Texas Southern.
- Amy Okonkwo scored points, giving her four straight games in double figures. Okonkwo has scored in double figures seven times in TCU's 11 games.
- Kianna Ray record a career-high eight assists. She also added nine points, four rebounds, four steals and a block.
- Jordan Moore recorded a block for the ninth straight game.
- Akomolafe made her second start of the season as TCU started three post players for the first time this season with Jordan Moore and Amy Okonkwo joining Akomolafe. AJ Alix and Kianna Ray rounded out the lineup.
The Frogs will take some time off for the holidays before returning to Fort Worth to open Big 12 play against undefeated No. 14 West Virginia on Thursday, December 29. The Frogs and Mountaineers will tipoff at 6:30 p.m.