The TCU women’s basketball team will face the defense-minded SMU team Wednesday at home.
In order to win, TCU will have to avoid the mistakes it has made throughout this young season. In the first three games, the Frogs have had a hard time defending athletic frontline players and three-point shooters.
The majority of SMU’s scoring comes from its guards. Senior Alisha Filmore and freshman Gabrielle Wilkins have accounted for more than a third of the team’s 64.5 points per game and Filmore has scored in double digits in all six games.
The Mustangs have also held their opponents to a little more than 18 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc. That could be a problem for the Frogs, who shoot 23 three-pointers per game. And their top three scorers average more than five three-point attempts per game.
Neither team has a player taller than 6-3 and both have been outrebounded by their opponents so far this season.
Junior center Latricia Lovings, the tallest TCU starter at 6-2, is averaging four blocked shots and just fewer than 10 rebounds a game, but she has faced foul trouble early on in the first three games.
The Mustangs are playing frontline by committee, but Akil Simpson has provided SMU with some muscle at the forward position. She is averaging more than seven rebounds so far this season.
When TCU played Charlotte, 6-foot-4 forward Ashley Dowe grabbed 16 rebounds, 10 of which were offensive. Charlotte shooter Hillary Sigmon also got behind TCU’s zone defense in that game for a few corner three-pointers.
Texas State forward Ashley Ezeh also dominated the offensive glass against TCU—she grabbed eight of her 11 on the offensive glass—and shooting guard Diamond Ford made a trio of three-pointers in that game.
TCU lost both of those games by more than 10 points.
In short, the Frogs know what they have to work on, and coach Jeff Mittie has been clear about that in postgame press conferences—the team must overcome its youth and avoid self-imposed errors.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.