TCU And Cowgirls Set For Saturday Showdown
Feb. 11, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Saturday, Feb. 12 12:02 p.m. CT
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, `89)
The Horned Frogs will look to sweep the Wyoming season-series Saturday for the second time in three years.
Senior Emily Carter has led TCU in scoring during 11 contests this season. She has scored over 20 points in nine games and currently sits No. 46 in the NCAA in scoring.
If she starts against Wyoming, Helena Sverrisdottir will move into No. 1 all-time in career starts with 119. Former Frog great Sandora Irvin is the current leader in career starts with 118 between 2001-05.
The Horned Frogs are 163-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding their opposition.
FORT WORTH, Texas - With the conference season winding down, the TCU women's basketball team will play a pivotal conference game Saturday against Wyoming. Tip-off is set for Noon inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs bring a 16-8 overall record and 8-2 mark in league play into Saturday's contest. The Frogs have won 32 of their last 34 home games and will look to make it three-straight victories after defeating UNLV, 71-64, Wednesday.
Overall, the Purple and White and Cowgirls currently sit tied at No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference standings with identical 8-2 marks in conference action.
In the first meeting this season between the two conference foes, TCU shot over 50 percent from the field and cruised to a 68-47 victory over Wyoming at the Cowgirls' Arena Auditorium.
The Frogs will next be in action at Colorado State on Feb. 16. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT from Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Last Time Out
Sophomore Starr Crawford led the Horned Frogs with 18 points and 18 boards, which included 11 rebounds on the defensive end of the floor. By grabbing 18 boards, the sophomore not only tied her previous career-high, but also posted her sixth double-double of the season. Her 18 board outing currently ranks No. 6 all-time in program history for a single-game.
Not to be outdone, senior Emily Carter recorded a game-high 23 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-9 from deep. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir was just as dangerous, going 6-of-6 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from behind the arc, for 17 points.
Game No. 1 Versus Wyoming
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who shot 69 percent from inside the arc, did most of its damage off the bench as the Frogs held a 24-4 advantage. In total, TCU shot 51.8 percent on 29-of-56 shooting from the floor, including 58.6 percent in the second half on 17-of-29 shooting.
Delisa Gross led the way for the Horned Frogs with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from deep.
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The Wyoming Series
In a 78-59 victory last season at the DMC, Helena Sverrisdottir had a sensational outing, shooting 7-of-10 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range, while scoring 19 points. Overall, the Frogs were sharp on both offense and defense in 2010, shooting exactly 50.0 percent from the field, while holding the Cowgirls to only 31.1 percent shooting.
Against the Lobos, three Cowgirls finished the night in double-figures, including senior Aubrey Vandiver, who recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 28 points and ten rebounds. Jade Kennedy was also solid, posting a career-high 23 points, while shooting 8-13 from the field and 7-11 from the three-point line.
Vandiver has led Wyoming this season, averaging 18.2 points per game and 9.2 rebounds, while Hillary Carlson has recorded 17.6 points per game and 7.3 boards per contest. Overall, the Cowgirls are shooting over 40 percent from the field.
Streaky Shooting Usually Delivers Victory
In the first outing against Wyoming earlier this year, Gross and Starr Crawford went a perfect 4-of-4 from the field. Overall, TCU has had at least one individual shoot 100 percent in 12 games this season. During that time, the Frogs are 9-3 overall.
Scoring In The Paint Important For TCU Success
The three games in which the Frogs were either tied with or outscored by their opponent in the paint were BYU (14-30), New Mexico (18-24) and Air Force (24-24). TCU's record during those contests, 1-2.
Gross Helps Frogs Find Victory
Gross has now scored in double figures eight times this season. During those contests, TCU is 6-2 overall with its only losses coming at the hands of Fresno State and Texas A&M. During her two years on campus, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 11-2 when Gross scores in double figures.
Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Crawford has led TCU in scoring five times since returning.
Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last seven outings, TCU has shut down the opposition from deep. The Frogs forced the seven teams to go a combined 40-of-159 (.251) from behind the arc.
Hitting The Glass With Authority
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Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 75-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 161-9 when the opponent scores 60 or less, which has now happened 15 times this season.
Mountain West Conference Success
The 67-23 mark is currently the best record in the MWC during that span.
Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 12 different categories.
Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 46 overall in scoring average with a 17.6 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir is No. 125 in the nation in steals (2.2). Carter also sits No. 8 in free throw percentage (.900) and in the top-120 in 3-point field goal attempts per game (2.2) and percentage (.342). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 54 in rebounds per game (9.1).
TCU In The Mountain West Conference
Individually, Emily Carter sits No. 2 in the conference in scoring average (17.8), while also ranking No. 1 in free throw percentage (.900). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.3) in the conference. She also ranks No. 2 in steals (2.2) entering Saturday. Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford ranks No. 1 in rebounding (9.5) and offensive rebounds (3.6). She also sits No. 2 in defensive rebounds (5.9) heading into action Saturday.