Feb. 24, 2009
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The Opponent: New Mexico Lobos
TCU (18-8; 10-3 MWC) vs. NEW MEXICO (18-7; 7-5 MWC)
Wednesday, Feb. 25 6:30 p.m. | Fort Worth, Texas | Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM), gofrogs.com | Talent: Jeff Williams (pxp), Jeff Lewis (color)
Series Record vs. New Mexico: 5-7 | Last Meeting: Jan. 25, 2009 in Albuquerque, N.M. (L, 63-75)
FORT WORTH--With the regular season down to the final three games, TCU looks to close out its conference schedule in strong fashion beginning Wednesday with a 6:30 p.m. matchup against New Mexico. The Lady Frogs face a difficult final stretch featuring the other three top teams in the Mountain West Conference standings.
TCU rides a season-high-tying five-game winning streak into Wednesday's matchup after notching a 60-47 home victory last Saturday over Wyoming. The Frogs currently occupy second place in the MWC standings with a 10-3 record. Utah leads the league at 11-1, with San Diego State (9-3) and New Mexico (7-5) currently trailing the Frogs in the third and fourth positions, respectively. The Aztecs play host to TCU this Saturday at 4 p.m. CT, and Utah visits Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to close out the regular season March 7.
The Frogs trail in the all-time series with New Mexico, 5-7, following a 75-63 loss in Albuquerque back on Jan. 25 that ended a two-game winning streak against the Lobos.The Frogs are 6-1 since that setback and have won their last five games by an average of 14.8 points per game. UNM has lost in each of its last three trips to Fort Worth and has not won at the DMC since the 1997-98 season.
Wednesday's game will be carried live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Jeff Lewis (color) calling the action. A link to a live stream of the radio broadcast can be found on GoFrogs.com, in addition to a live stats feed via Gametracker. A video stream will also be provided through the All-Access feature on TCU's official web site.
FROG QUICK NOTES
-A TCU win would mark its longest winning streak of the season at six games.
-TCU has posted a +14.8 scoring margin over its five-game winning streak.
-Emily Carter is only 15 points shy of 500 for her career.
-TK LaFleur is averaging 17.8 points while shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point range over the last four games.
-TCU is 7-0 when either tying or winning the rebounding battle this season and 10-0 when holding the opponent to 59 points or fewer.
-TCU ranks among the top-14 teams nationally in 3FG percentage (No. 5), FT percentage (No. 6), fewest turnovers (No. 6), assist/turnover ratio (No. 14) and 3FG defense (No. 14) .
-TCU leads the Mountain West Conference in scoring (71.5 ppg), 3FG percentage (38.8%), 3FG defense (26.8%), 3FG made (6.963pg), assist/turnover ratio (1.04) and fewest turnovers (13.8 tpg).
-Carter's 15.4 ppg scoring average in league play leads TCU and ranks No. 4 among all MWC players.
-Carter leads the MWC in 3FG percentage (46.4%) and ranks second in 3FG made (2.46 3pg) in conference play.
-TCU has three of the top five players in the MWC in 3FG percentage in TK LaFleur (41.7%-1st), Carter (41.3%-3rd) and Helena Sverrisdottir (39.5%-5th).
-Carter has made at least one trey in 13 consecutive outings, while LaFleur has made one or more in 10 straight contests. Carter's streak is second-longest among all MWC players (Kristen Scheffler, Wyoming-14).
-Sverrisdottir is the only player ranked among the MWC's top 8 in scoring (No. 3), rebounding (No. 7), assists
(No. 2) and steals (No. 8).
-Sverrisdottir has recorded two of the MWC's four individual 10-assist performances this season.
-TCU, UConn, Stanford and Florida State are the only programs in the nation with two wins against teams that were ranked No. 3 or higher in at least one of the national polls at the time of the game.
-TCU is on pace to shatter school records in FT percentage (78.3%) and fewest turnovers (13.8 tpg). The current records were set in 1999-2000 (72.6%) and 2006-07 (16.0 tpg), respectively.
-Despite having taken 105 fewer field-goal attempts this season than its opponents, TCU has made 32 more shots (a 41.6 to 37.0 advantage in percentage). The stat also holds true for 3-pointers, as the Frogs have 10 more buckets despite 171 fewer attempts than the opponent (a 38.8 to 22.8 percent advantage).
-Newcomers have accounted for 45.8 percent of TCU's offense this season (851 of 1,858 points).
SCOUTING THE NEW MEXICO LOBOS
New Mexico started the 2008-09 season very strong in pursuit of its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, as it recorded an 11-2 showing in non-conference play. The squad reached a high national ranking of No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25, but has suffered four losses in its last six games. UNM fell to San Diego State on the road in its most recent outing, 75-64.
Head Coach Don Flanagan's squad ranks second among MWC teams in scoring offense and defense with respective 66.6- and 55.1-point averages while pacing the league in scoring margin (+10.6). UNM also ranks second in the league in rebound margin at +4.2.
Point guard Amy Beggin leads the Lobos in scoring (15.4 ppg) and assists (3.96), while she has added a 4.7 rebound average. Her assist/turnover ratio of 1.83 ranks 19th nationally. Forward Angela Hartill also averages double figures in scoring at 11.5 ppg. Guard Amanda Adamson is the team's leading rebounder (6.0 rpg).
LAST MEETING: NEW MEXICO 75, TCU 63 (JAN. 25, 2009)
Helena Sverrisdottir scored a career-high 25 points, including 19 in the second half, but TCU was unable to minimize mistakes during a 75-63 loss to No. 23 New Mexico Jan. 25 at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.
TCU acutally outshot the Lobos (38.9 to 37.7 percent) but still came out on the other side of the scoring battle. Advantages in both rebounding (44-34) and turnovers (16-11) by New Mexico helped to doom the Frogs. The two categories resulted in the Lobos taking 15 more shots while posting 23-9 and 12-6 scoring advantages in points off turnovers and second-chance points, respectively. Among New Mexico's rebound total were 16 on the offensive end, while the squad also drained 11 shots from 3-point range for good measure.
AIMING FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
TCU's team and individual top-10 statistical listings are in the process of experiencing a major shake-up this season. For a complete rundown of records and other top-10 rankings within reach this season, see page 10 of TCU's game notes via the link at the top of this page.