From what head coach Jeff Mittie said after Wednesday’s 82-68 loss to University of Charlotte, the TCU women’s basketball team has a few things to work on.
Mittie said the team is going to be outsized most games, so the front line will have to stay out of foul trouble.
The team will also have to rebound better, as it was out-rebounded by ten against Charlotte, Mittie said. This responsibility also falls on the front line’s shoulders, Mittie said.
And it’s a young team—the second-youngest in the Big 12 behind University of Texas.
But when the Frogs play University of Central Florida on Friday, they will face a team with even less size and just as little experience.
UCF has no player taller than 6-2 and three players 5-7 or shorter, but 5-foot-4 freshman point guard Briahanna Jackson has led the team statistically in its first three games, averaging more than 16 points.
The Knights also only have one true senior and one redshirt senior on the team, so they have relied on scoring from Jackson and senior guard Gevenia Carter.
The Frogs have their own freshmen standouts—Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley led the team in scoring Wednesday with 22 and 12 points, respectively.
The young guards will have to pay close attention to Carter, the team’s top returning scorer at 11.4 points per game.
Despite UCF’s lack of size overall, the team could present a matchup problem for TCU with redshirt senior forward Kayli Keough, who averaged more than 10 points per game last season and is on a similar pace so far this year.
Defensively, the Frogs played a zone against Charlotte, which led to a variety of open corner 3-pointers and offensive rebounds.
Mittie said after the game that the team must learn on the fly, in a way, since some opponents will be more experienced than them. This inexperience manifested itself not only in the form of offensive rebounds allowed in the season opener, but also in lack of communication on passes.
Looking forward, the young team must improve on passing off of dribble penetration for interior baskets, Mittie said.
The Frogs will take on the Knights at home Friday at 7 p.m.