Aggressive play key in conference win

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    The women’s basketball team will enter the second half of Mountain West Conference play tied for second in the conference after knocking off the Brigham Young Cougars on Tuesday.

    The two teams came into the game tied for third place in the MWC with identical conference records of 5-2. Both teams have had success as of late, with TCU winning four of its last five games and BYU coming in on a three-game winning streak after knocking off nationally ranked No. 22 University of Wyoming.

    TCU snapped the conference tie with a 73-54 victory Tuesday night and moved into a tie with the University of Wyoming in the Mountain West. Both TCU and Wyoming now have records of 6-2 in the conference.

    In a game that was dominated by an aggressive style of play from the Lady Frogs, both freshman Helena Sverrisdottir and Micah Garoutte lead the Horned Frogs in scoring with 14 points a piece. Sverrisdottir dominated the boards pulling in 11 rebounds for her first double-double with TCU.

    The difference maker in the game was TCU’s aggressiveness, pulling in 14 offensive rebounds while BYU had six.

    The Horned Frogs knew rebounds were going to be a key aspect to the game because of BYU’s usual aggressive style of play, Sverrisdottir said. She said she kept this at the front of her mind throughout the game.

    “Before the game, we talked about having to rebound against them. I thought about this game all day today. I told myself, I am going to get some rebounds and allow the team to run,” Sverrisdottir said.

    Garoutte said she tried to match her style of play with BYU’s aggressive style.

    “BYU has a really good inside game. I just wanted to attack them, maybe draw a foul and try and get them out of their rhythm,” Garoutte said.

    TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said he is pleased with his team’s effort against BYU.

    “This is one of the best defensive teams in the league if not the best, so this is against quality post defensive players,” Mittie said. “I am very pleased with our effort in the paint tonight.”

    TCU is gearing up for the second half of conference play as they take on San Diego State University on Saturday. Mittie said the team had some success in the first half of the season but there are still areas he wants to work on, like the execution of the team’s sets. Overall, he said, he feels the team is improving.

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