TCU Set for Exhibition Contest


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November 5, 2016 | 2 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team returns to the court on Saturday as the Horned Frogs host an exhibition game against Texas A&M-Commerce at 2 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena.

The Frogs are entering their third season under head coach Raegan Pebley looking to improve on back-to-back 18-win seasons. In each of those seasons, the Frogs earned the Big 12's automatic berth into the WNIT, advancing to the third round last season.

How to Follow
Live video and live audio will not be available for Saturday's game. Fans can follow via live stats at GoFrogs.com, or on Twitter by following @TCUWBasketball.

Saturday Specials
Admission to Saturday's exhibition game is FREE to all fans. In addition, a special presentation will be made to TCU senior Jada Butts and her family just before tipoff.

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Starting Five
1) TCU's roster in 2016-17 is a young one that features eight freshmen and sophomores. Butts and Carol Willie are the only two seniors on the TCU roster.

2) The Frogs return three starters from last season's team that advanced to the WNIT Third Round. TCU also returns four of its top six scorers from last season's team that was second in the Big 12 in scoring offense.

3) TCU was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll this season. The Frogs posted an 8-10 Big 12 record last season and finish in a tie for sixth place in a league that sent six teams to the NCAA Tournament.

4) The Frogs incoming class of five freshmen comes in as the nation's eighth-ranked recruiting class, the highest rated class in TCU history. Amber Ramirez is the first McDonald's All-American in TCU history.

5) After Saturday's exhibition game, the Frogs will play their first four regular-season games at Schollmaier Arena, starting with next Friday's season-opener against Incarnate Word.

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Returning Triple Threat
Junior AJ Alix, who averaged 11.9 points per game last season, is TCU's leading returning scorer in 2016-17. An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection, Alix also averaged 4.0 assists per game last season to lead TCU and rank fifth in the Big 12.

The Houston native also shot over 43 percent from long range to rank second in the Big 12 and 10th in the NCAA. The 43.1 percent mark from downtown ranked as the second best single-season percentage in TCU history.

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High Scorers
The Frogs return four of the top six scorers from last year's team that ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring offense at 72.2 points per game. In addition to Alix, Butts (8.8 ppg), junior Toree Thompson (7.6) and sophomore Jordan Moore (7.4) all averaged over 7.0 points per game as season ago.

TCU led the Big 12 in 3-point shooting last season, making a league-high 7.3 treys per game at a 39.1 percent clip, a mark that ranked sixth in the NCAA.

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Fresh Five
TCU welcomes five freshmen to its 2016-17 roster, a group that comes in as the nation's eighth-ranked recruiting class, the highest rated class in TCU history.

Ramirez is the highest rated of the freshmen, ranking as high as the No. 11 player in the nation last season. Ramirez won two medals with USA Basketball this summer while competing with the U18 National Team (gold) and the U18 3x3 National Team (silver).

Ramirez, Mikayla Christian, Danielle Rainey and Kianna Ray all ranked among the top 25 guards in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz last season. Australian forward Ella Hellessey rounds out the freshmen class.

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Scouting Texas A&M-Commerce
The Texas A&M-Commerce Lions posted a 16-13 overall record last season, including a 9-7 mark in the Lone Star Conference, an NCAA Division II conference. Entering their third season under head coach Jason Burton, the Lions are picked to finish fifth in the Lone Star conference this season.

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Up Next
TCU will open its regular season on Friday, Nov. 11, when Incarnate Word visits Schollmaier Arena. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the TCU men's basketball team. The TCU men tipoff at 6 p.m. and the TCU women are schedule to tipoff at 8:30 p.m. However, there will be at least 30 minutes between the two games.

 

 

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