Frogs host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon in Thursday's doubleheader
Dec. 21, 2005
FT. WORTH, Texas -- The Horned Frogs will return to the court for the third time in five days, playing host to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday at noon. The game will be the first of a doubleheader with the Lady Frogs playing in the evening at 7 p.m.
TCU and Corpus Christi will meet for the second year in a row with the Islanders taking an 85-79 victory over TCU last season at the Corpus Christi Challenge in the two schools' first-ever meeting.
In addition, fans receive half-price off at the men's hoops game by showing their Ft. Worth Bowl game ticket at the ticket office in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
GAME 11: TCU (3-7) vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-4)
TIPOFF: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at Noon (CT)
SITE: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) in Ft. Worth
RADIO: ESPN 103.3 FM and KTCU 88.7 FM in Ft. Worth/Dallas
Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (color analyst) will call the game.
ONLINE: Live Radio Broadcast and Gametracker on www.GoFrogs.com
ABOUT THE GAME
The Horned Frogs will wrap up the third and final game being played in a five-day stretch prior to the Christmas break against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. TCU looks to tie the series with the Islanders as the two teams meet for the second straight year. The Islanders took an 85-79 victory over TCU last season in the Corpus Christi Challenge.
TCU holds a 3-2 edge over schools with an Independent status in Division I. The Frogs are 3-1 against Texas-Pan American with the lone loss to TAMU-CC last year.
The Frogs take on their fourth in-state opponent of the 2005-06 campaign when Corpus Christi rolls into Fort Worth on Thursday. TCU is currently 1-2 on the year against in-state foes.
Since the arrival of head coach Neil Dougherty, TCU owns a 15-9 mark against schools in the Lone Star State.
At the helm of the Islander program is seventh year head coach Ronnie Arrow, who guided Corpus Christi to its first 20-win season in school history in 2004-05.
Corpus Christi has three players scoring in double digits with Chris Daniels leading the team at 16.6 points per game. Daniels is also the Islanders top rebounder this season with 7.0 per contest.
Cedric Smith is averaging 12.4 a game while Josh Washington rounds out the top three at 11.2 points per outing.
The Islanders dropped a hard-fought battle at St. Mary's (Calif.) on Dec. 18 by a 69-67 score. The SMC Gaels, currently 3-4 on the year, have four games remaining on their slate in 2005 before meeting TCU on Jan. 3 to kick off the new year (2006) in Fort Worth.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is 1-4 on the road with its lone victory at Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 30. The Islanders have dropped a pair of close battles away from home at Missouri on Dec. 10 and recently at St. Mary's (Calif.) on Dec. 18.
TCU is the only Mountain West school the Islanders will face this season and the fourth all-time. TAMU-CC has played both Air Force and San Diego State twice and BYU once.
Mountain West members own a 5-1 mark against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
The Islanders will join the Southland Conference as a full member in 2006-07. Corpus Christi joined the SLC as an affiliate member in men's tennis in 2004-05, becoming the first affiliate team in the SLC to win back-to-back conference tournament titles in the sport.
LAST TIME OUT: Colorado 77, at TCU 59
TCU senior forward Chudi Chinweze made his season debut, totaling six points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action. Chinweze had been sidelined since Dec. 9, 2004, with a knee injury.
Led by Chinweze, the Frogs' bench outscored the Colorado reserves 26-10.
Brent Hackett extended his double-digit scoring streak to four straight games as he finished with 10 points. The sophomore has scored in double figures in six of the 10 games played this season, leading all Horned Frogs in TCU's first home win of 2005-06 against Jackson State on Nov. 22.
Nile Murry continued his double-figure scoring streak as the senior finished with 12 points on the night. The senior guard has tallied double digits for the 12th straight game dating back to last season.
Neiman Owens tied a game high and season high in assists, dishing out three in the loss to Colorado.
Ten of the 11 Frogs who saw action broke into the scoring column for the second time this year.