Preview: #21 Texas A&M (Maggie Dixon Classic)


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#21 Texas A&M
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December 6, 2017 | 11 a.m. CT | College Station, Texas | Reed Arena

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team puts a three-game winning streak on the line when the Frogs travel to No. 21 Texas A&M for the Maggie Dixon Classic on Wednesday at Reed Arena at 11 a.m.

TCU (6-1) is off to its best start since 2008-09 and coming off of a 21-point win over Alabama in the Big 12/SEC Challenge last week. Texas A&M (6-2) also played in the Big 12/SEC Challenge last week, falling to No. 11 West Virginia at home on Sunday.

How To Follow
Wednesday's game will be televised on the SEC Network with Brenda VanLengen and Carol Ross on the call. The game can also be heard on KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth, as well as online via FrogVision, with Jeff Williams doing play-by-play. Live stats are also available on GoFrogs.com, and live updates will be provided on Twitter by following @TCUWBasketball.


Maggie Dixon Classic
The contest will mark the annual Maggie Dixon Classic, which is played in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, sister of TCU men's head coach Jamie Dixon. Maggie died on April 6, 2006 of an arrhythmia, just weeks after leading Army West Point to its first NCAA Tournament in her first season as a head coach.

The Classic began in 2006 when the inaugural event was played at Christl Arena on Army West Point's campus. Jamie's Pittsburgh men's team played in that first Classic, as did Maggie's Army women's team. The event has since been played exclusively between women's teams.

After the inaugural event at Christl Arena, the Maggie Dixon Classic was played at Madison Square Garden for nine straight seasons, through 2015. Last season, it was played at St. John's Carnesecca Arena. The Red Storm hosted DePaul, where Maggie was an assistant coach before becoming Army West Point's head coach.


Last Time Out
TCU trailed at halftime, but exploded in the third quarter to cruise past Alabama, 88-67, at Schollmaier Arena on Friday as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

TCU scored a season-best 33 points in the third quarter while holding Alabama to just nine as the Frogs turned a halftime deficit into a 22-point lead entering the fourth quarter. The Frogs biggest problem in the first half was 13 turnovers, but they had none in the third quarter and just three in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Moore led TCU with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting while also adding eight rebounds. Kianna Ray tied a career-high with 16 points and Dakota Vann added a season-best 14 points, including 4-of-4 from long range.


3-Pointers
1. At 6-1, TCU is off to its best seven-game start since 2008-09 when the Frogs were also 6-1. The Frogs have posted 8-3 nonconference records in all three seasons under Raegan Pebley. TCU hasn't started 7-1 since or better since 2003-04 when the Frogs started 10-1.

2. After recording 22 assists against Alabama last week, TCU remains the only team in the Big 12 to post more assists than turnovers in every game this season. TCU's 1.44 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks second in the Big 12 and 12th in the NCAA.

3. TCU enters Wednesday leading the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 79.2 percent as a team, the sixth best mark in the NCAA. The three Frogs with the most attempts this season are all shooting over 90 percent in Amy Okonkwo (20-of-22), Amber Ramirez (15-of-16) and Toree Thompson (15-of-16).


Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M is coming off of a 70-56 loss at home to No. 11 West Virginia in the final game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Sunday night. The Aggies' only other loss this season came at home to No. 10 Oregon in the Preseason WNIT.

Texas A&M is led by freshman guard Chennedy Carter who scored 20 points against the Mountaineers and is averaging team-bests 19.0 points and 5.1 assists per game. Four Aggies average double-figure scoring, and all five members of the Aggie starting lineup logged at least 34 minutes on Sunday night.


The Series
Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 35-4, including a 19-0 mark in College Station. The two have met in the regular season in nine of the last 10 seasons, with Texas A&M holding an 8-1 advantage. The Aggies have won six straight since TCU's last win, which came on Dec. 12, 2009 in Fort Worth when the Aggies were ranked No. 5 and still in the Big 12. Texas A&M won in Fort Worth last season, 75-67.


Up Next
TCU closes nonconference play with a three straight home games, beginning on Sunday when Southeastern Louisiana visits Schollmaier Arena for a 2 p.m. contest.


 

 

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