TCU Opens Big 12 Tournament Wednesday


Nov. 3, 2015


KANSAS CITY -  Morale is high as TCU centers its efforts on its opening game of the Big 12 Tournament against Baylor Wednesday night. 

Senior Mackenzie Koch, who scored the game-saving goal that tied the regular season game against Baylor said, “We have a lot of individuals this year that want to do it and that, I think, is the biggest thing, wanting to win. I am super excited.”

This feeling of excitement echoes throughout the entire team.

Freshman Kayla Hill said, “It is very exciting that we get another chance to go at them and I am excited for the competition. The tension and build up is so exciting.”

Entering into this tournament, the Horned Frogs have the advantage of recently playing Baylor.

“They know us and we know them," said head coach Eric Bell. "Tendencies, we kind of have an idea of what we are trying to do and obviously they know what we are trying to do. We can tweak a couple of things to give a few surprises here and there, but for the most part, kind of what you see is what you get. We expect some surprises from Baylor, but for the most part I think we have a pretty good understanding of what to expect.”

TCU is unbeaten in its last three matches entering the tournament, closing out the regular season with a trio of ties to post a record of 8-7-3.

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TCU NOTABLES
• TCU finished seventh in the Big 12 standings for the second time since joining the league in the summer of 2012.
• The Horned Frogs closed out the regular season with three straight ties. It’s the only time in school history the Frogs have collected three consecutive ties.
• With 94 points on the season, TCU has posted the fifth-most points in a single season.
• TCU has tied the single-season record with eight shutouts this season.
Michelle Prokof has 21 points this season, tying her with Jackie Torda (2007) for the ninth-most points in a single season. Her 21 points are third in the Big 12.
Michelle Prokof also moved into a tie with Jennifer Thompson (1992-95) for fifth-place all-time with 51 career points.
Courtney Hofer has started the last three games and has allowed just two goals on 13 shots.

BAYLOR NOTABLES
• Baylor’s last match of the regular season against West Virginia was cancelled due to bad weather.
• The Bears have not seen action since playing to a 1-1 tie against TCU on Oct. 27.
• Baylor has just one loss in its last 13 matches going 9-1-3 in that stretch.
• Lauren Piercy paces the Bears with six goals, while Sarah King owns the team-lead with 14 points thanks in part to 10 assists.
• In goal, Sara Martinson has seen the majority of the action. She owns a 0.68 GAA and a .762 save percentage.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT NOTABLES
• TCU has qualified for the Big 12 Tournament for the fourth straight season.
• The Horned Frogs took the tournament by storm in 2012, becoming the first eighth-seed to advance to the championship game.
• TCU’s record in the Big 12 Tournament stands at 1-3-1.
• 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.
• Last season, the Frogs battled tough against No. 1 West Virginia, losing by a 2-1 score. Bobbi Clemmer scored the lone goal, converting on a penalty kick.
• TCU is advancing to its 14th conference tournament in program history.
• The Horned Frogs are 2-11-3 all-time in conference tournaments.
• TCU and Baylor will be meeting in a conference tournament for the second time in program history.
• TCU lost to Baylor in the 2012 Big 12 championship game by a score of 4-1. The game was close late with the Bears holding slim 2-1 lead, but two goals in the final 10 minutes provided the margin of victory.

OFFENSIVE MINDED
With a goal and an assist in the tie against Baylor, the 2015 Horned Frogs became the fifth-best scoring team in school history. The Frogs have 94 points this season, moving into the top five past the 1990 squad that finished the season with 88 points.

TCU has scored 31 goals and tallied 32 assists on the season. The 32 assists are the second most all time, breaking a tie with the 1996 team that finished with 31.

LEAVING THEIR MARK
Makenzie Koch’s game-tying goal in the 86th minute against Baylor was her second of the season and the 13th of her career.

She has three assists this season to give her 15 for her career, a mark that ranks third all-time. Combined with her 13 goals, Koch has 41 career points, tying Jessi Moore’s career total set from 2003-04. It’s the ninth-best career total in school history.

Michelle Prokof’s strong campaign has also vaulted her up the career charts. Her 51 career points ties her with Jennifer Thompson (1992-95) for fifth all-time, while her 21 goals are also tied for fifth all-time with Jennifer Wolff (1989-92).

SPREADING THE WEALTH
Seventeen different Horned Frogs have tallied a point this season. Twelve Frogs have scored at least one goal, while 14 have pitched in with assists.

FINDING HER RHYTHM
Courtney Hofer returned to the starting goalkeeper role against Oklahoma and has helped TCU to a trio of ties. She has stopped 13 of 15 shots that came her way, while picking up her first career complete game shutout in the tie against Oklahoma.

After allowing eight goals in her first three starts this season, she has rebounded with an impressive streak in goal. She has made three relief appearances and allowed just one goal. Combined with her three latest starts, Hofer has allowed just three goals in her last 443 minutes in goal.

FIELD STAPLES
The defensive trio of Ryan Williams, Lauren Sajewich and Bobbi Clemmer have been staples on the field this season. Each has played well over 1500 minutes this season. Sajewich has been on the field the entirety of the last seven games, while Clemmer has not left the field in the last six. Williams has been on the field for every minute of the last three matches.

A FOUR-PEAT
For the fourth straight season since joining the Big 12, the Horned Frog faithful proved they are the best fans in the league. TCU used a solid turnout in its final home game of the year to capture the attendance crown for the fourth straight season. With an average of 1,375 fans per match, the Frogs topped Texas Tech, who average 1,312 fans. TCU was of three schools in the Big 12 to have over 10,000 fans pass through the turnstiles this season with a total of 12,372 spectators.
 

 

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