TCU opens Mountain West Conference Tournament against Utah
No. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 TCU
March 5, 2007
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Coming off two straight victories at San Diego State and at home against Mountain West Conference Champion BYU, the TCU women,s basketball team will begin postseason play on Wednesday as the No. 4 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
TCU opens the tournament on Wednesday against (21-9, 11-5 Mountain West Conference) fifth-seeded Utah (17-12, 10-6 MWC) at 10:30 pm CT (8:30 pm PT) at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,776) in Las Vegas. The tournament runs from March 6-10.
The Lady Frogs will be playing in just their second Mountain West Conference Tournament after joining the league prior to the 2005-06 season. TCU will be bidding for its third conference tournament title and second in three years.
TCU was also the No. 4 seed in last year,s Mountain West Conference Tournament in Denver, Colo. The Lady Frogs posted a 1-1 record at the tournament, as they defeated fifth-seeded Wyoming (63-55) before falling to top-seeded BYU (63-53).
The TCU - Utah game is the final of four MWC Tournament games on Wednesday and is the latest women,s basketball game in the country. Only a men,s Pac-10 game (Arizona State vs. Washington) and Big West game (Pacific vs. Cal State Northridge) start as late as TCU,s game. Utah enters the game having lost its final two games and three of its last four, while TCU has won two straight. TCU won the last meeting between the two schools and has won three of the last four meetings.
The Lady Frogs enter the game following a 62-48 win over No. 1 seed BYU. Utah is coming off a 62-53 loss at home to Wyoming. Had Utah defeated Wyoming, it would have been the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Wednesday,s game will be televised on the .mtn with Mike Evans (play-by-play) and Andrea Lloyd Curry (analyst) on the call. The game can also be heard on 88.7 KTCU and www.gofrogs.com with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Marcy Girton (analyst) calling the action. Live stats are available on gofrogs.com. A Pay Per View Internet broadband package of both the Men,s and Women,s MWC Tournaments is also available to purchase by visiting www.themwc.com.
Utah has lost its last two games and three of its last four. Utah,s skid began with a 74-50 loss at TCU on Feb. 18. Following a 60-52 win at Air Force, the Utes dropped its final two games at BYU (59-55) and at home against Wyoming (62-53).
If Utah had beaten Wyoming, it would have been a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament.
The Utes lead the league in rebounding margin and are outrebounding teams by 6.2 rebounds per game.
Utah is led by sophomore guard Morgan Warburton, who is second in the league in scoring with an average of 15.9. She is also third in the league in free-throw shooting (89.0) percent.
Utah won the 2006 MWC Tournament and has advanced to the championship game in three straight games.
Utah is coached by Elaine Elliott, who is in her 24th season as head coach at Utah. She is 507-205.
TCU IN THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT