TCU Opens MWC Tournament Play Friday
March 9, 2011
GAME DAY INFORMATION (SEMIFINAL & FINAL ROUNDS)
Las Vegas, Nev. Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) March 11 & 12 2:30 p.m. & 1 p.m. PT
Series Record vs. UNM: New Mexico Leads (9-8)
Horned Frog Quick Notes
TCU is the only school in the Mountain West Conference to win 11 games and post a top-3 finish each of the past six seasons.
Senior Emily Carter has led TCU in scoring during 14 contests this season. She has scored over 20 points in 12 games and currently sits No. 34 in the NCAA in scoring and No 15 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 165-33 (.833) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding their opposition.
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU begins postseason play Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT, when it takes to the court against No. 7 seed New Mexico in the semifinal round of the 2011 Conoco Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Championships in Las Vegas. The squad's regular-season performance helped it earn two-straight byes as the tourney's No. 2 seed.
The Horned Frogs enter the week fresh off a solid conference season, as they went 13-3 and have won three-straight heading into competition Friday. The key to TCU's high finish was its 7-1 record at home. The squad is the only team with at least 11 MWC wins and a top-3 finish in each of the last six seasons. Overall, it has placed among the top-3 teams in the league now eight-straight years.
At stake this week is not only the team's first MWC tourney title, but also a spot in next week's NCAA Tournament. The Frogs will look to return to the Big Dance for the 10th time in 11 seasons.
The Frogs were led by Sverrisdottir who scored a game-high 24 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from deep. Carter chipped in with 22 points, going 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc.
The physical contest, which featured nine ties and nine lead changes, was played behind the three-point arc. The two teams combined to make 26 three's, which tied the previous MWC record for most combined triples made in a single-game.
The Frogs, who shot 54.5 percent from the field, went 12-of-21 from deep for 57.1 percent, which ranks No. 9 all-time in 3-point field goal percentage in a single-game in program history. By making 12 three's, TCU posted the fifth-most in school history in a single-game.
The UNM Series
Scouting New Mexico
The Lobos, who have won three-straight, had four players in double figures in their 67-61 victory over Wyoming Wednesday night, including Amanda Best with 15, Jasmine Patterson who hit 14, Lauren Taylor with 13 and Jessica Kielpinski who added 11.
Patterson and Best have led the way for UNM this season, averaging 11.3 and 11.4 points, respectively. Best is also averaging 8.2 boards a contest and was a third team All-MWC selection.
A Closer Look At The 2011 Series With The Lobos
By making 12 three's, TCU posted the fifth-most in school history in a single-game.
The two teams combined to make 26 three's, which ties an MWC record for most combined three's in a single -game. TCU and Iowa State combined to make 26 three's earlier this year.
TCU went 12-of-21 from deep for 57.1 percent, which ranks No. 9 all-time in 3-point field goal percentage in a single-game in program history.
First Game In Fort Worth (UNM Win, 65-54)
The Frogs attempted 16 first half free throws, which is also a seasonal-high for a first half.
Eight different players played double-digit minutes for TCU.
UNM snapped TCU's then eight-game winning streak with a 65-54 decision at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
A Closer Look At The MWC Championships
2005-06 (No. 4 seed): TCU won its first-round matchup with Wyoming (63-55) before falling in the quarterfinals to top-seeded BYU (53-63).
2006-07 (No. 4 seed): TCU was upset in the quarterfinals by No. 5 seed Utah, 68-67, on a running jumper in the lane by the Utes' Kalee Whipple with only 1.7 seconds remaining. The Frogs trailed by as many as 11 points during the second half before staging a late rally.
2007-08 (No. 2 seed): TCU won its opening matchup vs. No. 7 seed Air Force in the quarterfinals, 60-47, before dropping a tight semifinal contest to San Diego State (67-69).
2008-09 (No. 3 seed): TCU received a first-round bye before being upset by UNLV in the quarterfinals, 84-75.
2009-10 (No. 1 seed): TCU fell in the semifinals to No. 4 Utah, falling 69-57.
Helena Sverrisdottir: Averaging 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds in four games ... top scoring game of 16 points and 13 boards in 2009 loss to UNLV.
Emily Carter: Averaging 4.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in four games ... scored 11 points in 2009 loss to UNLV.
Micah Garoutte: Averaging 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in three games ... top performance of 12 points, five rebounds and five blocks in 2008 semifinal loss to SDSU.
Rachel Rentschler: Averaging 5.0 points in two games ... scored 8 points in 2009 loss to UNLV.
Antoinette Thompson: Averaging 2.0 points ... has posted four points combined in two games.
Starr Crawford: Scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds last season.
Delisa Gross: Recorded three assists and also grabbed three rebounds in last season's semifinal loss to Utah.
The Last Time Out
TCU did most of its damage down low, outscoring Air Force in the paint, 44-18. The Frogs, who dominated the Falcons to a tune of 41-28 on the glass, also forced Air Force into 23 turnovers, while recording a 33-9 advantage in points off turnovers. TCU's bench also got into the act, holding a 36-12 decision, while the Purple and White shot 53.3 percent from the floor, including a blistering 60 percent in first half on 18-of-30 shooting.
Carter netted 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep in her final game at the DMC. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir was also solid in her final game, scoring 16 points on 4-of-8 from the field. Sophomore Starr Crawford chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds, while freshman Briesha Wynn scored 10 points and added a career-high six assists.
Follow The Horned Frogs
If TCU is to advance to Saturday's Championship matchup, the Horned Frogs game will be shown on Versus with Ted Robinson (pxp), Blaine Fowler (color) and Lindsey Soto (sideline) calling the contest.
TCU Represented Well On All-MWC Squad
Sverrisdottir and Carter were each named first-team all-conference for a second-straight year, which is only the second time two Frogs earned such distinction in a single season.
Crawford earned second-team accolades as well as all-defensive team honors, which is the second-straight season in which the Frogs have placed someone on the all-defensive squad.
Sverrisdottir closed her MWC career, earning first team accolades three-straight years.
Where They Rank
Triple The Trouble
TCU Scoring Off Turnovers A Must
The three losses : UNM (7-15), AFA (19-21), BYU (7-15).
Taking Care Of The Rock
Coming On Strong
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who posted a 6-1 February record this season, have closed the season strong during the month of February, combining to go 24-5 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.
Scoring In The Paint Important For TCU Success
The four 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), Air Force (24-24) and BYU (18-20). TCU's record during those contests, 1-3, with the first meeting with BYU being the lone victory.
Gross Helps Frogs Find Victory
Holding Opponents Under The Norm
Mountain West Conference Success
The 72-24 mark is currently the best record in the MWC during that span.
TCU captured its 13th conference win last Wednesday, which are the most since 2008. They are the only team to record at least 11 wins in each of the past six seasons.
Following NCAA Tournament Teams
Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Crawford has led TCU in scoring seven times since returning.
Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last 13 outings, TCU has shut down the opposition from deep. The Frogs have forced conference foes to go a combined 86-of-287 (.300) from behind the arc.
Hitting The Glass With Authority
Headlines To Look At
Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 77-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 165-9 when the opponent scores 60 or less, which has now happened 19 times this season.
Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 14 different categories.
Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 34 overall in scoring average with a 18.3 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir is No. 93 in the nation in assists per game (4.3) and No. 72 in assist turnover ratio (1.61). Carter also sits No. 15 in free throw percentage (.877) and in the top-82 in 3-point field goals per game (2.1) and percentage (.363). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 37 in rebounds per game (9.7).
TCU In The Mountain West Conference
Individually, Emily Carter sits No. 2 in the conference in scoring average (18.3), while also ranking No. 1 in free throw percentage (.877). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.6) in the conference. She also ranks No. 3 in steals (1.9) entering Friday. Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford ranks No. 1 in rebounding (9.7) and offensive rebounds (3.4). She also sits No. 2 in defensive rebounds (6.3) heading into action Friday.
In conference only games, the Frogs rank No. 1 in turnover margin (+4.88). TCU ranks No. 2 in scoring defense (55.7), scoring margin (+8.9), free throw percentage (.766) and steals (8.8).
Carter sits No. 3 in scoring (16.3) and No. 4 in free throw percentage (.851), while Helena Sverrisdottir sits No. 8 in scoring (13.8) and No. 4 in assists (4.7). Crawford ranks No. 1 in rebounding (10.0) and offensive rebounds (3.7). She also sits No. 2 in defensive rebounds (6.3). The Frogs have also cleaned up in the steals department with league-leader Crawford (2.3) and Sverrisdottir (2.1) claiming the No. 3 spot.