Preview: #9 West Virginia


Dec. 27, 2017


 

TCU
(9-2, 0-0)
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#9 West Virginia
(12-0, 0-0)

December 28, 2017 | 6 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Schollmaier Arena

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team begins its sixth season of Big 12 play on Thursday when No. 9 West Virginia visits Schollmaier Arena for a 6 p.m. contest.

Tipoff between TCU (9-2, 0-0) and West Virginia (12-0, 0-0) is 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled in order to accommodate fans that want to attend the women's basketball game, as well as watch TCU football in the Valero Alamo Bowl, which kicks off at 8 p.m.

How to Follow
Thursday's game can be seen on GoFrogs.com with a subscription to FrogVision. Due to the TCU football game, it will not be aired on KTCU 88.7 FM like normal. Live stats are available on GoFrogs.com, and live updates will be provided on Twitter by following @TCUWBasketball.

Special Events
The game is part of TCU's Holiday Hoops schedule, meaning tickets are just $5.


Last Time Out
The Frogs closed nonconference play on Dec. 20 with a 90-68 win over Hampton, grabbing their third straight win. Amy Okonkwo led the Frogs with a career-high 31 points while Amber Ramirez added 18 points and Lauren Heard had a season-best 15 points.

Ramirez hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter as the Frogs jumped out to an early lead and never trailed. Okonkwo scored her 31 points on just 14 shot attempts and in just 19 minutes.


3-Pointers
1. TCU finished its nonconference schedule with a 9-2 record, its best since closing the 2003-04 nonconference schedule with an 11-2 record.

2. Okonkwo is just the second in program history to earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Zahna Medley won the award twice, once each in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Okonkwo is now sixth in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.4 points per game, despite averaging just over 19.0 minutes per contest.

3. The Frogs have shot over 54 percent and dished out at least 23 assists in each game during their current three-game winning streak. TCU ranks ninth in the NCAA with 20.8 assists per game this season and 17th with a 48.2 field goal percentage.


Scouting West Virginia
West Virginia is one of seven remaining unbeaten teams in the nation and the only in the Big 12. WVU ranks fourth in the NCAA in field goal percentage at 51.4 percent and in rebounding margin at plus-12.8 rebounds per game.

The Mountaineers are led by Teana Muldrow who at 22.1 points per game leads the Big 12 and ranks ninth in the NCAA in scoring. WVU has five players averaging double-figure scoring, despite missing Tynice Martin, the reigning Big 12 Tournament MVP, all season thus far due to injury.


The Series
West Virginia leads the all-time series, 12-1, over TCU. The Frogs lone win came at home in 2014-15, Raegan Pebley's first season. WVU swept last season's meetings including an 83-61 win in Fort Worth in the Big 12 opener for both teams. The February game in Morgantown was a close, 77-73, WVU win.


Up Next
Thursday's game is the final of four straight at home for TCU as it next travels to Kansas for a New Year's Eve contest. The Frogs and Jayhawks tip off at 2 p.m. inside Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday.


 

 

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