TCU Women to Conclude Regular Season at BYU

TCU takes a three-game winning streak into its regular-season finale.

TCU takes a three-game winning streak into its regular-season finale.

March 5, 2010

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GAME #29
RV/RV TCU (22-6; 12-3 MWC) at BYU (19-8; 10-5 MWC)

Saturday, March 6  •  2 p.m. MT •  Provo, Utah  •  Marriott Center (22,700)
KTCU 88.7 FM; • Talent: Jeff Williams (play-by-play), Jeff Lewis (analyst)
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Series Record vs. BYU: 7-8 • Last Meeting: Feb. 3, 2010 in Fort Worth (W, 64-40)
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, ‘89) • Record: 238-112 in 11 years at TCU (389-171 overall)
BYU Head Coach: Jeff Judkins (Utah, ‘78) • Record: 176-97 in 10th year at BYU (176-97 overall)

FORT WORTH--TCU, which already has clinched the Mountain West Conference championship and the top seed for next week’s MWC tournament, puts the finishing touches on one of the finest regular seasons in program history Saturday at BYU. Tip-off between the Frogs and Cougars is set for 2 p.m. MT at BYU’s Marriott Center.

The Lady Frogs have the opportunity to break the program record for regular-season victories (22) previously reached in 2000-01 and 2003-04 with a win over BYU. While the squad already has locked up the conference title, it still has plenty to play for in terms of possible seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The top seed for next week’s MWC tournament means will give the Frogs a pair of byes before beginning play in the semifinals on Friday, March 9.

Saturday’s contest also has a great deal of meaning for BYU, which could also earn two byes for the MWC tourney with a win over the Frogs by virtue of claiming the league’s No. 2 seed. The Cougars could still earn the seed with a loss if San Diego State drops its final game or if SDSU and Utah both win Saturday.

The TCU-BYU matchup will be broadcast live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) calling the action. An Internet radio feed and link to live statistics will be available on game day via

- A win would set a new program record for regular-season victories previously set in 2000-01 and 2003-04 (22).

- TCU can also match its best record in five seasons of MWC play of 13-3 previously set in 2007-08.

- TCU’s regular-season MWC championship marks the third in school history, each of which have come in Jeff Mittie’s tenure as head coach. The three titles have been in three different conferences (WAC in 2000-01, CUSA in 2001-02).

- TCU has now totaled 20 or more wins in nine of the last 10 seasons. The program had never reached the 20-win plateau prior to head coach Jeff Mittie’s arrival in 1999-2000.

- TCU is 17-0 when shooting 40.0% or better from the field, 18-1 when outshooting the opponent and 18-1 when committing fewer turnovers.

- TCU’s bench has outscored the opponent bench in 23 of 28 games this season, by an average of 8.4 ppg.

- Eboni Mangum and TK LaFleur are averaging 10.8 ppg over the last 12 games, tied for third-most among all Frogs.

- Mangum’s 46.4% FG percentage in MWC play ranks top among all league guards.

- LaFleur is shooting 53.3% from the field and 53.8% on 3FGs in three games since returning to the starting lineup.

- LaFleur (10.9 ppg; eight starts) is the MWC’s current scoring leader for players with eight starts or fewer.

- Helena Sverrisdottir needs only two assists to move past former Frog Adrianne Ross into third place all-time at TCU in career assists. Ross totaled 387 helpers in her career.

- Sverrisdottir is the only individual ranked among the MWC’s top-15 players in assists (No. 2), steals (No. 3), rebounding (No. 6) and scoring (No. 7).

- Emily Carter leads TCU with a 15.5-point scoring average in MWC play, which ranks No. 5 in the league. She paces the MWC in FT shooting (85.8%) for all games, while coming in at No. 2 in 3FG shooting (41.4%) and No. 5 in scoring (14.6 ppg).

- Carter’s FT percentage would rank No. 2 in TCU single-season history behind only record-holder Amy Sutton (87.6% in 1998-99), while her 3FG rate would be No. 5 all-time.

- TCU leads the MWC in scoring offense (73.1 ppg), scoring margin (+13.5), rebounds (40.0 rpg), steals (10.1 spg), 3FG defense (27.9%), turnovers forced (20.9 tpg) and turnover margin (+4.6 tpg).

- TCU ranked among the nation’s top-50 teams in 12 categories Friday: 3FG defense (20th), scoring margin (23rd), assist-turnover ratio (23rd), turnover margin (23rd), assists (23rd), FG defense (29th), win-loss percentage (29th), scoring offense (30th), 3FG shooting (30th), FT shooting (34th), 3FG made (37th) and steals (49th).

BYU owns an 8-7 advantage in the all-time series with TCU that began in 1987-88, although the teams have played to a 5-5 tie since the Frogs joined the Mountain West Conference. BYU dominated the early portion of the MWC rivalry by sweeping the first four meetings, but the Frogs have taken five of the last six decisions. BYU’s Jan. 13, 2009 win in Fort Worth marked TCU’s last loss at home.

Date            Site    W/L     Score
Dec. 12, 1987   H       W       80-74
Jan. 18, 1997   A       L       91-99
Feb. 13, 1997   H       L       57-73
Dec. 22, 2001   H       L       71-74
Nov. 29, 2003   A       W       79-74
Jan. 25, 2006   H       L       64-67
Feb. 25, 2006   A       L       56-73
Mar. 10, 2006   N       L       53-63
Feb. 1, 2007    A       L       65-69
Mar. 3, 2007    H       W       62-48
Feb. 5, 2008    H       W       73-54
Mar. 8, 2008    A       W       72-61
Jan. 13, 2009   H       L       46-62
Feb. 14, 2009   A       W       75-55
Feb. 3, 2010    H       W       64-40

BYU enters the weekend in sole possession of second place in the MWC with a 10-5 league record. A victory would lock up the No. 2 seed for next week’s MWC tournament. The squad went 9-3 in the non-conference season.

Jeff Judkins, in his 10th season as head coach, leads a squad that averages 65.6 points per game while giving up 56.3 per contest. The Cougars rank among the nation’s best in ball handling and are dishing out 16.5 assists per contest, which ranks 12th nationally. The squad’s assist-turnover ratio of 0.98 is 26th in the country and fourth in the MWC. BYU ranks second in the league in rebounding margin (+3.6).

The Cougars feature an up-tempo offense that can push the ball thanks to a trio of good ball-handling guards in Mindy Bonham, Jazmine Foreman and Haley Hall. While Bonham leads the team in scoring (11.4 ppg), each of the three players owns an assist average of at least 3.5 per game. Forward Coriann Wood (10.3 ppg) averages scoring in doubles figures off the bench, while forward Kristen Riley is the team’s leading rebounder (5.7 rpg).

FORT WORTH (Feb. 3, 2010)—TCU used a second-half surge to run past BYU, 64-40, in a matchup of two of the three teams tied for first place in the Mountain West Conference. The win helped the Frogs bounce back from a disappointing road loss at New Mexico.

TCU led by only five at halftime, 26-21, before taking control of the game early in the second period. The Frogs outscored the Cougars 25-8 in the opening 11:30 of the second half, as BYU was able to make only 4-of-18 shots from the field.

The Frogs were off from there, eventually building their lead to as many 27 points in the final two minutes of the game. In addition to a stout defensive performance, key for the Frogs in the second half was their work on the glass. TCU outrebounded the Cougars by a 25-13 margin in the second half.

Emily Carter led TCU in scoring with 16 points. Most of Carter’s damage came at the charity stripe, as she sank 9-of-10 shots. Freshmen Starr Crawford and DeLisa Gross both reached double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

TK LaFleur has excelled in her three games since returning to the TCU starting lineup prior to the Feb. 23 home win over UNLV.

- LaFleur is averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the three-game stretch.

- LaFleur’s shooting has really picked up as of late, as she leads TCU in both FG (53.3%) and 3FG percentage (53.8%) since the win against the Rebels.

- She produced her first double-double of the year with 17 points and 10 boards in TCU’s latest outing.

LaFleur gave TCU one of the MWC’s top weapons off the bench for much of the season. Although not your typical reserve player since she owns 39 starts in 59 games as a Frog, LaFleur provided the Frogs with a big offensive boost during a stretch of 20 straight games as a bench player from Nov. 28 through Feb. 16.

- LaFleur is (10.9 ppg; eight starts) is the MWC’s leading scorer for players with eight or fewer starts.

- LaFleur’s game has been markedly consistent whether she starts or comes off the bench. She averages 10.9 ppg in 20 games as a reserve and also in eight starts.

- LaFleur is one of the major reasons whey TCU’s bench owns an average scoring edge of 8.4 points per game (608-374) while outscoring the opponent bench in 23 of 28 games.



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