TCU Ready For Battle Against BYU In Provo
Feb. 18, 2011
Provo, Utah Marriott Center Saturday, Feb. 19 1:00 p.m. CT
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, `89)
Horned Frog Quick Notes
The Horned Frogs have only swept BYU once in the season-series since joining the Mountain West Conference. TCU went 2-0 against the Cougars during the 2008 season.
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. 47 in the NCAA in scoring and No 12 in the nation in free throw percentage.
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 - Fresh off a road-win at Colorado State, TCU will look for its fifth-straight victory Saturday afternoon when it takes on BYU in a pivotal conference matchup between the top-two teams in the Mountain West Conference. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. CT from the Cougars' Marriott Center and will be shown nationally on BYU-TV.
The Horned Frogs come into Saturday's outing with an 18-8 overall record and 10-2 mark in the MWC. On Wednesday, TCU overcame a six-point halftime deficit to claim a 61-53 victory over CSU at the Rams' Moby Arena.
Overall, the contest, which allowed the Horned Frogs to stay within one game of BYU in the conference standings and sweep the season-series with the Rams, featured six ties and four lead changes.
In the first meeting this season, TCU claimed a 54-51 victory over the Cougars at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Sverrisdottir netted 18 points, including 15 in the second half, on 5-of-8 shooting, while Crawford connected on 18 points on 9-of-14 from the floor. Senior Emily Carter was the only other Frog in double-figures with 13 points, including two key free throws down the stretch to seal the Frogs' fourth-straight victory.
The Frogs, who overcame a six-point halftime deficit and forced Colorado State into 20 turnovers, ended the contest with 13 offensive rebounds, which resulted in a 20-6 second-chance advantage for TCU. The Frogs also scored 16 points off turnovers Wednesday night, while controlling points in the paint, 26-14.
Game No. 1 Versus BYU
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who trailed by two at the halftime break, was helpd in the first meeting by its bench. When it was all said and done, TCU outscored the Cougars off the bench, 15-6/
Helena Sverrisdottir led the Frogs with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep. The senior did most her damage after halftime, scoring nine second half points on 3-of-5 shooting. Fellow senior Emily Carter was the only other Frog in double figures with 15 points. Starr Crawford also had a solid game with eight points and 10 boards.
With time running down, BYU had a chance to tie the game at 54-54 in the closing seconds, but their three as time expired rattled out to preserve the TCU victory.
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The BYU Series
Earlier this year, the Frogs won by three against the Cougars, 61-53.
The two teams split action last season with TCU claiming a 64-40 victory in Fort Worth before falling 70-65 in Provo. At the Marriott Center, TCU trailed by as many as 16 points in the second half before rallying, but BYU was able to hold the Frogs at bay late to claim a 70-65 victory at the Marriott Center.
BYU, who will be playing with a heavy heart as sophomore forward Alexis Kaufusi was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, has won seven-straight and topped in-state rival Utah last Saturday, 61-58.
Mindy Bonham has led the Cougar offense this season, averaging 12. 3 points and over five assists, while Coriann Fraughton has also been productive, scoring 11.4 points and 7.2 boards.
Taking Care Of The Rock
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who will take a current 4-0 February record into Saturday's contest, have closed the season strong during the month of February, combining to go 22-4 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, with BYU being the lone victory.
Mountain West Conference Success
The 69-23 mark is currently the best record in the MWC during that span.
Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Crawford has led TCU in scoring seven times since returning.
Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 10 different categories.
Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 47 overall in scoring average with a 17.6 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir is No. 117 in the nation in assists per game (4.1) and No. 92 in assist turnover ratio (1.51). Carter also sits No. 12 in free throw percentage (.895) and in the top-120 in 3-point field goals per game (2.2) and percentage (.339). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 45 in rebounds per game (9.4).
TCU In The Mountain West Conference
Individually, Emily Carter sits No. 2 in the conference in scoring average (17.6), while also ranking No. 1 in free throw percentage (.895). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.2) in the conference. She also ranks No. 2 in steals (2.1) entering Saturday. Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford ranks No. 1 in rebounding (9.4) and offensive rebounds (3.6). She also sits No. 2 in defensive rebounds (5.8) heading into action Saturday.
In conference only games, the Frogs rank No. 1 in scoring offense (53.2), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.271) and turnover margin (+5.08). Carter sits No. 4 in scoring (14.1) and No. 1 in free throw percentage (.891), while Crawford rounds out the top-10 in scoring(13.1). The sophomore also ranks No. 1 in rebounding and offensive rebounds (4.0). The Frogs have also cleaned up in the steals department with Sverrisdottir (2.6) and Crawford (2.1) claiming the top-two spots.