TCU Women’s Basketball defeated the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes Sunday in a game that was never in doubt, 96-47.
TCU’s defense was able to consistently force turnovers, scoring 37 points off of 27 forced turnovers. The team never trailed and led by more than 10 points for the final three quarters.
“Great opportunity for us to work on quite a few things but also to be able to get some of our depth some experience today,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “Lots of freshman saw the floor for a lot of time.”
First-year Yummy Morris played 17 minutes and finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Morris lost her mother earlier this week and the team wore patches commemorating her loss.
“I just think it’s a testament to Yummy’s toughness to doing what she did today under the circumstances and she’s going to be a really, really special player,” said Pebley.
Pebley said that the team coming together behind Morris during the last week is a testament to their strength and how much they want to play for each other.
Four other Horned Frogs scored in double digits, including senior Jordan Moore.
Moore finished with 18 points on 8-11 shooting in just 15 minutes. The 18th point was the 1,000th of her career, becoming the 18th player in school history to reach that mark.
Moore’s success came as no surprise to Pebley.
“I don’t sign somebody unless I think they’re going to be great,” she said of Moore. “It’s not like all the sudden Jordan became a great player. She’s just continued to build on it, build on it, build on it.”
Moore’s 18 points led the team and highlighted the offense’s ability to be patient, wait for good shots and pass to the open player.
Their 28 assists tied the fourth-highest mark in program history and were a big reason why they were able to put up 96 points. They also shot 57 percent from the field, a mark that will lead to success against almost any opponent.
Juniors Jayde Woods and Kianna Ray and first-year Ryann Payne had five assists each.
Defensively, the team employed a full-court press that suffocated the Devilette’s offense and led to turnovers and points for the Horned Frogs.
Pebley said they decided to employ the press because of the experience of their players and the zone defense run by Mississippi Valley State.
“They learned how to be aggressive and assertive so that’s part of it,” she said. “We also just knew that [Mississippi Valley State] was gonna run a lot of zone and we needed our defense to be our best offense tonight.”
The Horned Frogs will return to action at 2 p.m. next Sunday when they host the SMU Mustangs.