Preview: Big 12 Tournament

Oct. 31, 2017

TCU Horned Frogs
(12-5-1, 6-2-1 Big 12 Conference)
Kansas Jayhawks
(8-9-2, 3-5-1 Big 12)

November 1, 2017 | 8 p.m. CT | Kansas City, Mo.  | Swope Soccer Village

FORT WORTH - TCU kicks off play in the Big 12 Tournament Wednesday night at 8 against Kansas. The Horned Frogs are the tournament's three seed after finishing league play with a 6-2-1 overall record.

• TCU’s 12 wins are tied for the second-most in program history (2016).
• This year’s senior class earned its 40th career win with an overtime victory against Baylor on Friday night, extending their record for the most wins in a four-year period in program history.
• TCU improved to 5-0-1 in overtime this season when Tijana Djuricek converted a penalty kick in the first overtime against the Bears on Friday.
• TCU has outscored opponents 18-4 in the final half of the match.
• TCU ranks second in the nation with an average of 7.67 corner kicks per match.
• Friday’s win mark the Frogs thrid win of the season when allowing the first goal. TCU is 3-5-1 this year when allowing the first goal.
Emma Heckendorn’s goal against Baylor was the 16th of her career and gave her 52 career points, moving her into sole possession of sixth place all-time at TCU.
Katie Lund ranks 13th nationally with 0.45 goals against average.

• TCU’s side of the bracket features No. 2 West Virginia, No. 6 Kansas and No. 7 Texas Tech.
• The Horned Frogs are 2-1 against the bracket this season, having defeated Kansas at home by a 1-0 scored in double overtime and at Texas Tech 1-0 in overtime. The Frogs dropped a 2-0 decision at West Virginia.
• The other side of the bracket features No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Baylor and No. 8 Oklahoma.
• TCU went 2-1-1 against those opponents with a 2-0 loss at home to Oklahoma State, a 1-1 tie at Texas and a 2-1 overtime win against Baylor.

• TCU has qualified for the Big 12 Tournament for the sixth straight season.
• TCU is advancing to its 16th conference tournament in program history.
• The Horned Frogs are 4-12-4 all-time in conference tournaments.
• The Horned Frogs took the tournament by storm in 2012, becoming the first eighth seed to advance to the championship game.
• TCU once again made a run as the seventh seed in 2016, advancing to the championship game for the second time in program history.
• TCU’s record in the Big 12 Tournament stands at 3-4-2.
• The Frogs defeated No. 1 West Virginia 2-0, advanced past No. 4 Texas in penalty kicks and dropped a 4-1 decision to No. 2 Baylor in 2012.
• In 2013, TCU dropped a hard-fought 1-0 decision to No. 2 Texas Tech in the opening round of the tournament.
• In 2014, the Frogs battled tough against No. 1 West Virginia, losing by a 2-1 score.
• In 2015, TCU and Baylor battled to a 1-1 draw. Meghan Murphy notched TCU’s lone goal. Baylor advanced to the second round, winning on penalty kicks 8-7.
• In 2016, TCU topped No. 2 Kansas 1-0, rallied for a 3-2 overtime win against No. 3 Baylor before dropping a heart-breaking 3-2 overtime decision to No. 1 West Virginia.
• TCU and Kansas are meeting for the second straight season in the first round of the conference tournament.
• The Horned Frogs topped the second-seeded Jayhawks by a 1-0 score on a goal by Allison Ganter.

Emma Heckendorn’s assault on the record books continued Friday night as she tallied her 16th career goal. She became the all-time assist leader in TCU’s win over Ball State with her 19th career assist, surpassing Allison Calleri’s (1996-99) previous school-record 18.

Additionally, she has wasted little time climbing the points charts, cracking the top 10. Her goal Friday gave her 52 career points moving her into sole possession of sixth place all-time on the TCU career shots.

Tijana Djuricek, Yazmeen Ryan, Kayla Hill, Tara Smith and Allison Ganter have been key contributors to TCU’s 5-0-1 record in overtime contests this season. Djuricek was the latest to score in the extra session as her first career goal beat Baylor.

Yazmeen Ryan has put together a solid freshman campaign. The fruits of her labor have manifested over the last months of the season.

Against Oklahoma, her first period goal stood up as the game-winner. She tallied the overtime winner against Iowa State. In the win over Baylor, she set up Emma Heckendorn’s game-tying goal and drew the foul in overtime that led to the game-winning PK. On the season, she ranks second on the team with 13 points (four goals and five assists).

TCU played in its sixth overtime game on Friday night, coming away with a 2-1 victory. TCU has won ninw of its last 13 overtime games dating back to the start of the 2016 campaign. The Frogs are 9-1-3 in those 13 games.



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