Preview: Hampton




TCU
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Hampton
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December 20, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team closes its nonconference schedule on Wednesday when Hampton visits Schollmaier Arena for a 6:30 p.m. contest.

TCU (8-2) is just two days removed from an 89-51 win over Northwestern State while Hampton (2-6) has not played since a Dec. 7 loss at Temple.

With a win, the Frogs would post their best nonconference finish since an 11-2 mark in 2003-04. The Frogs have gone 8-3 in nonconference play in all three previous seasons under Raegan Pebley.

How to Follow
Wednesday's game can be seen on GoFrogs.com with a subscription to FrogVision. The game can be heard on KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth, as well as online via FrogVision, with Jeff Williams on the call. Live stats are also available on GoFrogs.com, and live updates will be provided on Twitter by following @TCUWBasketball.

Special Events
With Wednesday's game being the final before Christmas for TCU, the coaching staff will wear their favorite Christmas sweaters. The first 250 fans will also receive a free Christmas magnet. Wednesday also continues TCU's Holiday Hoops season in which fans can purchase tickets for just $5.


Last Time Out
TCU returned to the court after a break for final exams and cruised to an 89-51 win over Northwestern State at Schollmaier Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Frogs had four double-figure scorers, with three coming off the bench.

Amy Okonkwo led the way with 19 points and a career-best five steals. Jordan Moore was the lone starter in double-figures with 18 points and eight rebounds. Adeola Akomolafe and Sydney Coleman added 12 and 11 points, respectively, for TCU.


3-Pointers
1. TCU has won its final game before Christmas in each of the last six seasons. The Frogs' last loss in such a game came in 2010 to Georgia.

2. The Frogs rank in the NCAA's top 10 in three different major statistical categories. TCU's 78.9 percent mark at the free throw line is ninth in the nation, as is its 20.5 assists per game. The Frogs' 6.2 blocks per game rank as the 10th most in the nation.

3. The Frogs' 1.45 assist-turnover ratio ranks 12th in the NCAA. TCU is the only Big 12 team that has yet to have more turnovers than assists in a game this season.


Scouting Hampton
Hampton comes to Fort Worth well rested having last played on December 7 in a 65-56 loss at Temple. The Lady Pirates have lost three straight, but their season began with a 70-66 win at North Carolina. Hampton forces opponents into 19.6 turnovers per game and most recently forced Temple into 35 miscues. Hampton ranks 19th in the NCAA with 12.1 steals per game.

Jephany Brown, the 2017 MEAC Tournament MVP, leads Hampton at 13.2 points per game. Monnazjea Finney-Smith, the leading rebounder at 8.1 boards per game, is the sister of Dallas Mavericks' Dorian Finney-Smith.

Hampton has been a MEAC powerhouse lately, winning six of the last eight MEAC tournaments, including last season. The Lady Pirate have done so under head coach David Six who has also led Hampton to five MEAC regular-season championships.


The Series
TCU and Hampton will be meeting for the first time. TCU is 3-1 all-time against the MEAC with the last meeting being a 2007 home win over Coppin State.


Up Next
The Frogs will take some days off for Christmas before returning to campus to begin prep for Big 12 play. TCU opens its conference slate with No. 9 West Virginia on Thursday, Dec. 28. The Mountaineers are the Big 12's only remaining undefeated team and one of eight remaining in the nation.

 

 

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