TCU women’s basketball played a tough two game last week against Kansas at home and on the road against No. 24 ranked Oklahoma. The first was a home game against the Jayhawks where the Frogs lost a close one, with the final score 81 -74.
Both Kansas and TCU shot very well from three in this game with KU knocking down 7-of-16 attempts from deep and the Frogs hitting 11-of-28. Rebounding was an issue for the Frogs in this game as Kansas had 36 boards to the Frogs’ 25. Those 36 rebounds included 14 offensive rebounds that led in part to the offensive explosion by the Jayhawks.
TCU had to do a better job defensively against Kansas, which had two players score at least 20 points and four in double figures. The Frogs had a 20-point scorer of their own in Sydney Harris, who scored 22 off the bench. Harris was hot from three, making five shots from long range. It was Harris’ fourth straight game in double figures as she has been excellent off the bench for TCU.
Agnes Emma-Nnopu also had a very good game for the Frogs, who scored 18 points and collected eight rebounds. Emma-Nnopu did a great job drawing contact and getting to the line, grabbing eight rebounds and making six of them. The ball movement for the Frogs was excellent against the Jayhawks as they had 23 assists as a team compared to just 13 from Kansas.
The first quarter was relatively low-scoring by both sides with Kansas scoring 16 and the Frogs 14. The offense picked up in the second quarter, however, with Kansas extending its lead by one thanks to 21 points in the quarter. The Frogs would come out of the locker room hot, scoring 27 points in the third quarter to take a four-point lead into the final 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, TCU went cold, scoring just 13 points in the fourth quarter, as Kansas was able to complete the comeback and pick up the road win.
The road game against Oklahoma was not as competitive with the Sooners outscored by 17 points with a final score of 72-55. A key aspect of the five-out offense the Frogs have begun to run in Sedona Prince’s absence is the ability to knock down jump shots. On cold shooting nights, the five-time step can be ineffective.
The Frogs faced that challenge against the Sooners, shooting just 20.7 percent from three and under 40 percent from the field as a team. Turnovers were also an issue with the Frogs committing sixteen turnovers as a team against OU. The defensive effort from TCU was solid even with not many shots on the other end. The Frogs were led in scoring by Sydney Harris, who had 17 points off the bench on an efficient 6-of-11 from the field.
The Frogs have found a very dangerous scorer in Harris, who has scored in double figures every time he has played more than five minutes this season. Aaliyah Roberson came one jump away from a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, her fourth straight game in double figures. The Frogs kept it very close in the first half, thanks to some strong defensive quarterbacks, holding OU to just 31 points in the first half. Oklahoma would get its offense going in the second half as the Frogs were unable to get shots to fall.
The Frogs have a big opportunity this afternoon with a game against seventh-ranked Texas in Fort Worth. The Longhorns have had a great season so far with a 21-3 record and are coming off a win against the number two ranked Kansas State Wildcats. Texas’ offense is very dangerous as it averages 80 points per game.
It’s a balanced scoring offense with four players averaging double-digit points. The Longhorns are strong on the boards as well, averaging over 40 rebounds a game as a team. Three-point shooting will again be key for the Frogs as they will need to shoot the ball well to keep up with a very good Texas offense.