Jan. 28, 2011
GAME DAY INFORMATION
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USAFA, Colo. Clune Arena Saturday, Jan. 29 3:00 p.m. CT
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM), gofrogs.com Talent: Jeff Williams
Internet (gofrogs.com): Live Stats, Live Radio
Series Record vs. Air Force: TCU Leads (15-1)
Last Meeting vs. Air Force: Feb. 6, 2010 (W, 77-47)
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, `89)
Record: 252-122 in 12 years at TCU (403-180 overall)
Assistants: Brian Ostermann (Wis. La Crosse, `88), Tonya Haut (Baylor, `99)
Tricia Davern (TCU, `02)
Air Force Head Coach: Andrea Williams (Edinboro, `94)
Air Force Record: 18-48 (Third Year)
Horned Frog Quick Notes
The Horned Frogs haven't lost to Air Force since falling 73-72 on Feb. 26, 1988. Overall, TCU has won 15-straight in the series.
Senior Emily Carter has led TCU in scoring during 10 contests this winter. She has scored over 20 points in eight games and currently sits No. 25 in the NCAA in scoring.
TCU is currently on a three-game MWC road winning streak. The Frogs longest Mountain West Conference road winning streak is five games, which happened in 2007-08.
The Horned Frogs are 163-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding their opposition.
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will look to return to its winning ways Saturday when it travels to Air Force. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT from the Falcons' Clune Arena.
The Horned Frogs are coming off a 65-54 setback to New Mexico Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Starr Crawford posted 16 points, including nine in the second half to lead the Frogs. Crawford, who recorded a seasonal-high with eight free throws made this past Wednesday, went 8-of-11 from the charity stripe.
TCU is now 14-7 on the year and 6-1 in the Mountain West Conference. The Frogs are also receiving votes in the Associated Press Poll.
Following its Saturday contest against the Falcons, the Purple and White will open the month of February with a home contest against S an Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 5.
The Last Time Out
TCU pulled within six midway through the second half Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as New Mexico snapped the Horned Frogs eight-game winning streak with a 65-54 decision at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Frogs were led on offense by sophomore Starr Crawford, who recorded a team-high 16 points, while Emily Carter and Helena Sverrisdottir each posted nine points, respectively.
TCU, who has only lost two games in a 33-game span at home, couldn't overcome a slow start from the field and tried to rally in the second half in front of 3,407 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The All-Time Series
TCU and Air Force will be meeting for the 17th time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs have won 15-straight in the series, including both contests last season.
Overall, the Falcons' lone victory in the series is a 73-72 victory in 1988. The Purple and White lead the series, 15-1.
Last season, then No. 25 TCU opened its Mountain West Conference schedule with a 72-35 road victory over Air Force. Emily Carter led TCU with 18 points, while all 11 players who traveled reached the scoring column.
In Fort Worth, the Frogs put together one of their best offensive performances of the season, finishing the game shooting 51.9 percent from the field overall, including 6-of-13 from beyond the arc, en route to a 77-47 victory at the DMC.
Follow The Horned Frogs
TCU's Saturday contest with Air Force can be heard live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams. A live stats feed is also available via GoFrogs.com. Fans wishing to view gametracker may do so by clicking on the link on the right side of the schedule page.
The Air Force Series By The Numbers
Below is an extended look at the Air Force series through 16 contests.
TCU's largest victory in the series is a 38-point explosion.
(Largest margin of victory: Feb. 10, 2007 - 86-48)
TCU has scored over 80 points against the Falcons six times.
The Frogs have won by 20 or more points nine times.
The Frogs have won by 30 or more points five times.
TCU has defeated Air Force by 30 or more points three out of the last four years, including the last two meetings.
Scouting Air Force
Air Force enters this Saturday's contest with a 6-13 record overall and 1-5 league mark in the Mountain West Conference. In their last outing, the Falcons dropped a 64-58 decision to Colorado State. Sophomore Dymond James led Air Force with 16 points and seven boards, while Megan Muniz added 12 points and a game-high five assists.
Raimee Beck has led the Falcon attack with 12.1 points per game, while also averaging 5.4 rebounds a contest. James has also been productive with 10.2 points and 7.3 boards.
Frogs Open Conference Season Strong
Heading into this weekend, the Horned Frogs have recorded a 6-1 record to open league play, which is tied for the best mark to open Mountain West play in program history. The Frogs opened 2005-06 with a 6-1 conference mark.
In the Mountain West Conference, TCU's longest winning streak during conference season is seven-straight victories, which took place during the 2007-08 season.
A Look At Streaks
Under head coach Jeff Mittie, the Frogs' longest winning-streak is 11 games, which took place during the 2000-2001 season. Assistant coach Tricia Davern and director of operations Ebony Gilliam were a part of that squad.
Holding Opponents Under The Norm
The Frogs have had some impressive numbers this season on the defensive end of the floor, which has led them to an 11-1 record when holding opponents under 59 points.
Overall, TCU has held three out of their last five opponents under 50 points. During that stretch, BYU had a grand total of 51 points, while New Mexico posted 57 points Wednesday. For the season, TCU has held six different opponents under 50 points. Upon further review, five out of the first seven MWC schools have scored less then 50 points against TCU.
On Saturday, TCU will be looking for its fourth-straight victory on the road against an MWC opponent. TCU's longest MWC road winning-streak is five games, which happened in 2007-08.
Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Since returning the Horned Frog lineup against Georgia, Starr Crawford has made her presence felt. The sophomore and preseason All-America candidate by Sporting News has posted double digit scoring games in seven out of the 10 contests, which has led TCU an 8-2 record. The Frogs have also out-rebounded their opponent during that stretch in three games with Crawford leading the way in boards during seven of those contests.
Crawford has led TCU in scoring four times since returning.
Crawford has led TCU in scoring two-straight games.
Crawford has led TCU in steals two-straight games.
During the last seven games, the Frogs have turned up their defensive pressure, which has helped them open the conference season with a 6-1 record. During MWC play, opponents have shot 40 percent or lower in six out of the seven games, including the last five. SDSU and UNLV were the lone MWC foes to shoot over 40 percent with 40.4 and 41 percent, respectively.
Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last five outings, TCU has shut down the opposition from deep. The Frogs forced the five teams to go a combined 21-of-95 (.221) from behind the arc.
Hitting The Glass With Authority
TCU is 7-1 on the year when out-rebounding its opposition. Overall, the Horned Frogs are 163-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding its opposition, including 18-4 the last two seasons alone.
Headlines To Look At
When TCU takes on Air Force, it will look to continue some impressive numbers. During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs are now 211-28 when leading at the half. TCU, who is 11-1 this season when leading at the half, is also 121-2 when leading by 10+ at the half.
Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 75-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 160-8 when the opponent scores 60 or less, which has now happened 13 times this season.
Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Entering this week, the Frogs, who were No. 38 in RPI, have done quite nicely among the nation's best. TCU ranks No. 35 overall in 3-point field goal percentage (.356). The Horned Frogs sit No. 27 nationally in free-throw percentage (.745), No. 47 in scoring margin (10.7), No. 35 in Field Goal Percentage Defense (.356), No. 46 in personal fouls per game (15.3), No. 40 in three-point field goal defense (27.9) and No. 20 in Turnovers Per Game (14.7).
Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 15 different categories.
Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 25 overall in scoring average with a 18.7 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir, who is No. 91 in the nation in steals, sits No. 100 in points per game, while averaging 16.1 points. Carter also sits No. 13 in free throw percentage (.895) and in the top-90 in 3-point field goal attempts per game (2.3) and percentgae (.374). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 53 in rebounds per game (9.1).
TCU In The Mountain West Conference
21 games into the season, the Horned Frogs sit No. 1 in the MWC in turnover margin (+3.05). They also rank No. 2 in scoring offense (68.3), field goal percentage defense (.358) and defenseive rebounds (26.8). Finally, TCU ranks in the top-3 in scoring margin (+9.6), free throw percentage (.745) and assist-turnover ratio (0.9).
Individually, Emily Carter sits No. 2 in the conference in scoring average (18.2), while also ranking No. 1 in free throw percentage (.897). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.8) in the conference. She also ranks No. 2 in steals (2.3) entering Saturday.
Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford ranks No. 2 in rebounding (8.9) and No. 1 in offensive rebounds (3.3). She also sits No. 3 in defensive rebounds (5.6) heading into action Saturday.
TCU will open the month of February hosting San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 5.