TCU Travels To Colorado State Wednesday
Feb. 15, 2011
Fort Collins, Colo. Moby Arena Wednesday, Feb. 16 8:00 p.m. CT
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, `89)
The Horned Frogs own an 11-3 advantage in the series and haven't lost to the Rams since 1999.
Senior Emily Carter has led TCU in scoring during 12 contests this season. She has scored over 20 points in nine games and currently sits No. 44 in the NCAA in scoring.
Helena Sverrisdottir is now the only player in program history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in a career.
The Horned Frogs are 164-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding their opposition.
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will look for its fourth-straight victory Wednesday night when it travels to Colorado State. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT from the Rams' Moby Arena.
The Horned Frogs come into Wednesday's contest with a 17-8 overall record and 9-2 mark in the Mountain West Conference. In its last outing, TCU used a 10-2 run to claim a 65-54 victory over Wyoming last Saturday afternoon.
Overall, the contest, which allowed the Horned Frogs to take over sole possession of second-place in the conference standings and sweep the season-series with the Cowgirls, featured 11 ties and 12 lead changes.
In the first meeting this season, TCU claimed a 66-40 victory over the Rams at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Following its Wednesday night tilt, the Frogs will stay on the road, taking on league-leader BYU Saturday at 1 p.m. CT. The contest against the Cougars will be shown live on BYU-TV.
The Last Time Out
Sophomore Starr Crawford followed up her career-day against UNLV with another solid outing. Crawford recorded 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while just missing her seventh double-double of the season with nine boards.
Emily Carter also chipped in with 16 points, including 13 in the second half. The senior simply took over the game down the stretch, scoring 10 of the Horned Frogs' final 16 points, including a stretch in which she scored six-straight.
Other notables included Helena Sverrisdottir and Briesha Wynn, who both scored 11 points, respectively. The day for Sverrisdottir was particular special, as the senior became TCU's all-time leader in career starts with now 119 for her spectacular career. She passed former Frog great Sandora Irvin for the top-spot, who posted 118 starts between 2001-05.
Game No. 1 Versus Colorado State
The Horned Frogs controlled the game from the opening-tip, jumping out to an 18-3 advantage early in the game, while also holding the Rams scoreless for nearly 5 minutes of play. TCU, who held a 36-16 advantage in points off turnovers, was relentless on defense all day, forcing CSU into 31 turnovers, which is a seasonal-high for an opponent against the Frogs and the most since Utah had 32 last February.
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The Colorado State Series
Overall, TCU, who has won 11-straight in the series, went 2-0 against CSU last season, claiming a 73-61 decision in Colorado Springs. Forward Starr Crawford led a balanced TCU scoring effort with 15 points and the Horned Frogs clinched a share of the regular-season conference championship with a 73-61 victory over Colorado State in 2010 at the Rams' Moby Arena.
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Against the Lobos, junior Kim Mestdagh scored a team-high 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Sam Martin chipped in with 10 points and seven boards.
Mestdagh has been dangerous all season long as she has averaged a team-leading 16.5 points per game, while also recording 5.2 boards a contest. Martin and Chatilla van Grinsven are both scoring in double-figures, averaging 12.3 and 10.6 points, respectively.
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who will take a current 3-0 February record into Wednesday night's contest, have closed the season strong during the month of February, combining to go 21-4 since 2007-08. Last season alone, the Frogs only lost one contest during the month, recording a 6-1 record, including opening the month on a four-game winning streak.
In two of the last four years, the Horned Frogs have gone on a six-game winning streak during the month.
Crawford Honored By Mountain West Conference
Streaky Shooting Usually Delivers Victory
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.
Holding Opponents Under The Norm
Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Crawford has led TCU in scoring six times since returning.
Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last eight outings, TCU has shut down the opposition from deep. The Frogs forced the eight teams to go a combined 47-of-178 (.264) from behind the arc.
Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 11 different categories.
Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 42 overall in scoring average with a 17.8 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir is No. 117 in the nation in assists per game (4.1) and No. 100 in assist turnover ratio (1.47). Carter also sits No. 10 in free throw percentage (.897) and in the top-121 in 3-point field goal attempts per game (2.2) and percentage (.340). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 39 in rebounds per game (9.5).
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 (.897). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.1) in the conference. She also ranks No. 2 in steals (2.1) entering Wednesday. 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 Wednesday.