Jan. 27, 2009
Game Notes in PDF Format
The Opponent: San Diego State Aztecs
TCU (12-7; 4-2 MWC) vs. SAN DIEGO STATE (13-4; 4-1 MWC)
Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) | Wednesday, Jan. 28 • 6:30 p.m.
TV: The Mtn. (DirecTV Ch. 616) | Talent: Erin Bajackson (pxp), Andrea Lloyd (color)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM), gofrogs.com | Talent: Jeff Williams (pxp); Jeff Lewis (color)
Series Record vs. SDSU: 8-3 | Last Meeting: March 14, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nev. (L, 67-69)
FORT WORTH--TCU returns to Fort Worth for its only home contest of the current four-game stretch Wednesday, when it plays host to San Diego State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off time for the game, which will be televised nationally by the Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn; DirecTV channel 616), is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Frogs, 12-7 overall and 4-2 in conference play following Sunday's 75-63 road loss to then-No. 23 New Mexico, are in the midst of a stretch in which they play consecutive games against the top-3 teams in the MWC standings. San Diego State (13-4; 4-1 MWC) currently is tied for second with UNM, while Utah, which TCU visits on Feb. 4, leads the conference with a perfect 5-0 record.
TCU is 8-3 all-time against San Diego State, including a 6-1 mark since joining the MWC prior to the 2005-06 season. The Frogs had won six consecutive meetings, including both regular-season matchups a year ago, before suffering a 69-67 loss to the Aztecs that knocked the team out of the Mountain West Conference Tournament in the semifinal round March 14, 2008 in Las Vegas. TCU is a perfect 5-0 vs. SDSU at the DMC.
Wednesday's contest will be TCU's sixth this season carried on national television and the second of a four-games-out-of-five stretch. Erin Bajackson (play-by-play) and Andrea Lloyd (color) will serve as the broadcast team. The matchup also will be carried live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with the team of Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Jeff Lewis (color) calling the action. A link to a live stream of the same radio broadcast can be found on GoFrogs.com, while a live stats feed will also be offered on TCU's official web site.
FROG QUICK NOTES
-TCU owns a +4.6 ppg scoring advatage at the free-throw line over opponents this season.
-TCU ranks among the top-10 teams nationally in fewest turnovers (No. 6) and FT percentage (No. 8).
-Emily Carter is averaging 16.8 ppg over the last seven games after entering the SMU game with a 7.8 ppg average.
-Carter's 16.8 ppg scoring average in league play leads TCU and ranks No. 4 among all MWC players.
-Carter has scored at least 15 point in six of the last seven games. She had reached the mark only twice previously.
-Carter also leads the MWC in assist/turnover ratio in league play (2.71) and 3-pointers per game (2.83).
-Helena Sverrisdottir is the only player ranked among the MWC's top 10 in scoring (No. 3), rebounding (No. 7), assists (No. 2) and steals (No. 8).
-TCU is 39-of-42 at the free throw line over the last two games, led by Sverrisdottir's 20-of-21 showing. She has hit 20 straight after missing her first attempt of the game vs. Wyoming.
-TK LaFleur leads TCU in scoring (16.6 ppg) and 3-point shooting (43.2%) in games at the DMC this season.
-TCU is still the only program in the nation with two wins against teams that were ranked No. 3 or higher in at least one of the national polls at the time of the game.
-TCU leads the Mountain West Conference in scoring (72.7 ppg), 3-point FG percentage (37.7%), 3-pointers made (6.79 3pg), assist/turnover ratio (1.05) and fewest turnovers (13.7 tpg).
-TCU's current turnover average is on pace to break the school-record low of 16.0 set in 2006-07.
-TCU has totaled 10 turnovers or fewer five times this season, compared to only twice in 2007-08.
-Despite having taken 97 fewer field-goal attempts from the field this season than its opponents, TCU has made 15 more shots (a 42.1 to 37.5 advantage in percentage). The stat also holds true for 3-pointers, as the Frogs have five more buckets despite 118 fewer attempts than the opponent (a 37.7 to 27.0 percent advantage).
-TCU has appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 poll five of 11 weeks this season and three of 11 weeks in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, with high positions of Nos. 19 and 22, respectively.
-Newcomers have accounted for 47.0 percent of TCU's offense this season (650 of 1,382 points).
SCOUTING THE SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS
Head Coach Beth Burns has continued her turnaround of the San Diego State program in her fourth season with the Aztecs after advancing to the championship game of the Mountain West Conferece Tournament last spring. While nearly every major contributor from the team returned this season, including all five starters, the squad is still very young with only two seniors. It's lone loss in conference play so far was a 58-52 setback at league-leading Utah. The Aztecs have knocked off two ranked teams this season in No. 4 Texas and No. 23 New Mexico.
SDSU sits on top of the MWC statistical rankings in several categories, including: assists (15.35 apg), blocked shots (6.00 bpg), steals (11.76 spg), offensive rebounds (15.41 orpg) and assist/turnover ratio (+5.29). The blocked shots total is eighth nationally.
Sophomore center Paris Johnson ranks as one of the MWC's top players, as she leads the Aztecs while ranking among the league leaders in scoring (No. 5, 15.2 ppg), rebounding (No. 5, 8.6 rpg), field-goal percentage (No. 4, 52.9%) and blocks (No. 1, 2.41 bpg). Guard Jene Morris is averaging 14.3 ppg and leads the conference in steals at 3.47 spg, while fellow junior guard Quenese Davis tops the MWC in assists (5.53 apg) to go along with a 10.5 ppg scoring average.
FROGS SEEING SUCCESS AT THE CHARITY STRIP
TCU ranks as one of the nation's top teams this season at the free-throw line with a 78.4% success rate.
-The mark is on a pace well ahead of the current school record of 72.6% set in 1999-00.
-TCU has made 39-of-42 free throws over its last two outings, a 92.9% rate.
-TCU has shot 80.8% from the line in MWC games, which tops the league by a wide margin (2. Utah, 72.9%).
-Five Frogs are on pace to finish the season shooting 80.0% or higher: Shayla Moore--86.2%; Micah Garoutte--85.1%; Eboni Mangum--83.3%; Emily Carter--82.8%; and Helena Sverrisdottir--82.5%.
AIMING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
TCU's team and individual records book could see a major shake-up following this season. The number in parentheses for each of the following categories show where this season's team or individuals would wind up in the school's top-10 listings if the season concluded today:
-Free-Throw Percentage--Record: 72.6% in 1999-00; 2008-09: 78.4% (1st)
-Fewest Turnovers--Record: 16.0 topg in 2006-07; 2008-09: 13.6 topg (1st)
-3FG Per Game--Record: 7.5 3pg in 2000-01; 2008-09: 6.8 3pg (3rd)
-3FG Percentage--Record: 40.9% in 1986-97; 2008-09: 37.7% (3rd)
-Scoring Average--Record: 78.1 in 2003-04; 2008-09: 72.4 ppg (4th)
-Blocked Shots--Record: 6.6 bpg in 2002-03; 2008-09: 3.2 bpg (7th)
-3FG Percentage--Record: Jill Sutton, 43.9% in 2000-01; 2008-09: Helena Sverisdottir, 42.6% (2nd)
-3FG Percentage--Record: Jill Sutton, 43.9% in 2000-01; 2008-09: Emily Carter, 40.0% (7th)
-3FG Percentage--Record: Jill Sutton, 43.9% in 2000-01; 2008-09: TK LaFleur, 40.0% (7th)
-FT Percentage--Record: Amy Sutton, 87.6% in 1998-99; 2008-09: Micah Garoutte, 85.1% (2nd)
-FT Percentage--Record: Amy Sutton, 87.6% in 1998-99; 2008-09: Emily Carter, 82.8% (6th)
-FT Percentage--Record: Amy Sutton, 87.6% in 1998-99; 2008-09: Helena Sverrisdottir, 82.5% (7th)
-Assist Average--Record: Natasha Lacy, 5.8 apg in 2004-05; 2008-09: Helena Sverrisdottir, 5.1 apg (3rd)
-Scoring Average--Record: Emma Wilson, 20.3 ppg in 1996-97; 2008-09: Helena Sverrisdottir, 15.9 ppg (6th)
-Scoring Average--Record: Emma Wilson, 20.3 ppg in 1996-97; 2008-09: TK LaFleur, 14.8 ppg (7th)