Frogs Beat Talented COE Squad
Aug. 10, 2017
MINTO, Australia -- The TCU women's basketball team got a big test in its second game in Australia, but passed it with a 73-58 win over COE at the Minto Indoor Sport Centre.
Jordan Moore and Amber Ramirez each scored 19 points to lead the Frogs. Moore posted a double-double as she added 11 rebounds to her stat line that also included 5-of-13 shooting overall and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Ramirez hit 7-of-14, including 3-of-7 from deep, and also posted a team-best four assists.
Ramirez and Moore also each grabbed four steals, leading TCU into forcing 28 COE turnovers.
The Australian Institute of Sport's Centre of Excellence (COE) is regarded as the top basketball academy in the nation, and it showed on Thursday night. The Frogs trailed by 12 late in the first quarter, but chipped away and tied the score, 25-25, at halftime.
TCU then came out on fire in the third quarter and opened on a 10-2 run to quickly take control. The Frogs then added a 10-0 run later in the quarter to take a 19-point lead, 52-33, their largest of the game.
"The COE is essentially Australia's Olympic development program," TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said. "These are the best players in this country in their age group and they've proven it at the international level."
"We had a slow start, but I'm really proud of how we adjusted, especially to the pace," Pebley said. "It's so physical over here. It's physicality while adjusting to pace, and I'm just so proud how we adjusted."
The Frogs will travel to Melbourne on Friday and will be back on the court on Sunday when they take on the NITP All-Stars at the Marcellin College Gym.
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