Lady Frogs open Saturday's basketball doubleheader against Air Force
Air Force at -/RV TCU
Feb. 9, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - After a grueling eight-game stretch that included six road games, the TCU women's basketball team returns to the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to host Air Force at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
-/RV TCU (17-7, 7-3 Mountain West Conference) enters Saturday's contest having won two straight road games with victories at UNLV (75-62) and at Colorado State (85-67). Air Force (4-17, 0-10 MWC) is coming off a 70-40 loss at BYU on Thursday night. In the loss, the Falcons were outscored 33-6 in the first half.
The Lady Frogs have won seven straight over the Falcons and lead the all-time series 7-1. TCU is 3-0 at home against Air Force.
Saturday's game will mark the first of three straight home games for the Lady Frogs, who have won a school-record 17 straight home games and are defeating opponents by 20 points per game at home. In four conference home games, TCU has won by an average of 31.25 points.
The game can be heard on 88.7 KTCU and www.gofrogs.com with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Marcy Girton (analyst) calling the action. Free video streaming and live stats of the game are also available on www.gofrogs.com.
The Air Force game will begin a critical stretch of games for the Lady Frogs, who are among three teams tied for second in the league with three losses after New Mexico defeated Utah (73-65) on Thursday. Locked in second with three conference losses are Utah, Wyoming and TCU. BYU leads the league with an 8-1 record.
Following Saturday's game, the Lady Frogs will have an eight-day break before hosting Utah on Feb. 18 and Wyoming on Feb. 22.
Following the Air Force game, the TCU men's team will face BYU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 7 p.m. The game is the second doubleheader of the season for both programs. On Jan. 3, the Lady Frogs topped UNLV 88-63 and the men defeated New Mexico 64-52. The games were played at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
SCOUTING AIR FORCE
The game will be the second straight road game for the Falcons, who fell 70-40 at BYU on Thursday. Air Force hasn't won a road game since a 59-55 win at San Diego on Nov. 26.
Air Force ranks last in the league in scoring offense (55.6) and second to last in scoring defense (65.8). TCU is winning by an average of 10.0 points per game, while the Falcons are getting beat by an average of 10.2 points.
Pacing the Falcons are forwards Alecia Steele and Pamela Findlay, who average 12.7 and 9.3 points, respectively. Steele also leads the team in rebounding with an average of 8.1 boards.
Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly, who is in her sixth season as head coach at the Academy. She is 38-123 overall at Air Force and 115-185 in her 11 seasons as a head coach.
HALF THE BATTLE
TAKING THEIR BEST SHOT
In the first half, TCU scorched the nets and built a 13-point lead at the break after shooting 63.0 percent from the floor (17-of-27).
TCU carried over its hot shooting in the second half by hitting its first six shots of the second half.
Just how hot was TCU from the field? If you throw out Hanna Biernacka's 1-for-7 start, the Lady Frogs began the game 22-of-27 from the field.
A total contrast to TCU's 3-for-22 start to begin its last game at UNLV, the Lady Frogs came out on fire against the Rams by hitting 12 of its first 19 shots (63.2 percent) to build a 29-18 lead with 5:58 to play in the first.
WINNING WITH STYLE
TCU has outscored opponents 947-707 at home and has won by at least 22 points in each of the last six home games.