Preview: at Kansas



TCU
(9-3, 0-1)
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Kansas
(9-3, 0-1)

December 31, 2017 | 2 p.m. CT | Lawrence, Kan. | Allen Fieldhouse

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- The TCU women's basketball team will look to bounce back when it travels to take on Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse at 2 p.m. on Sunday in a New Year's Eve matchup.

Both teams are coming off of close losses to open Big 12 play on Thursday. The Frogs (9-3, 0-1) lost to No. 9 West Virginia, 87-82, while Kansas (9-3, 0-1) lost in overtime at Iowa State.

How to Follow
Sunday's game can be seen on WatchESPN via the Jayhawk Television Network. Fans can also listen to the TCU audio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 FM in Fort Worth or on GoFrogs.com via FrogVision with Jeff Williams on the call. Live stats are available on KUAthletics.com, and live updates will be provided on Twitter by following @TCUWBasketball.


Last Time Out
TCU opened Big 12 play with a tough loss to No. 9 West Virginia, 87-82, at Schollmaier Arena on Thursday night. The Frogs led for most of the third quarter and by five points early in the fourth quarter, but West Virginia scored 34 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor in the fourth to pull away and remain the Big 12's only unbeaten team.

Amber Ramirez led the Frogs with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Amy Okonkwo added 17 points off the bench with a team-high eight rebounds. Jordan Moore scored 15 points with four blocks and Kianna Ray added 11 points and five assists for the Frogs.


3-Pointers
1. After four straight games at home, TCU hits the road for the first time since Dec. 6. TCU is seeking its fourth win away from home this season after a road win over SMU and neutral site wins over Arizona and Idaho. The Frogs have never won more than five away from home since joining the Big 12 in 2012-13.

2. The Frogs are also seeking their 10th win of the season, something they haven't done before New Year's Day since the 2006-07 season.

3. As a team, TCU ranks in the NCAA's top-20 in assists (20.5, 9th), blocks (5.9, 10th), free throw percentage (.773, 12th), assist-turnover ratio (1.41, 16th) and field goal percentage (.479, 18th).


Scouting Kansas
At Iowa State on Thursday in its 71-69 loss, Kansas led most of the fourth quarter but Kylee Kopatich had to a make a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to force overtime. In overtime, however, the Jayhawks made just 1-of-5 from the field and trailed the entire period.

Kansas opened its season with seven straight wins, all at home. The Jayhawks nonconference losses came at home to Nebraska and at St. John's, also in overtime.

Kansas finished last in the Big 12 last season, but has a new-look roster as four of the starters against Iowa State are in their first year at KU. The lone returner in the starting lineup, Kopatich, is the Jayhawks' leading scorer at 15.3 points per game.


The Series
TCU leads the all-time series against Kansas, 8-5, including a 6-1 record under Raegan Pebley. The Frogs have won three straight games inside Allen Fieldhouse, all under Pebley.

The Frogs swept last season's meetings with an 83-68 win in Fort Worth and an 80-68 win in Lawrence. Jordan Moore had a pair of double-doubles and averaged 15.5 points and 15.0 rebounds against the Jayhawks.


Up Next
TCU faces a second straight road test when it travels to Oklahoma on Thursday. The Sooners opened Big 12 play with a home loss to No. 8 Texas and travel to Iowa State on Sunday before host the Frogs.

 

 

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