The Lady Horned Frogs started off with jitters Friday night at Daniel Meyer Coliseum, but took a lead within the first five minutes of the game that was tough to break.
In their second meeting with the Houston Baptist Huskies, TCU came away with a 96-38 win. This marks the eleventh season opening win for the Lady Frogs.
Senior guard Helena Sverrisdottir said the team used the lopsided matchup to focus on plays and improve themselves.
For Coach Jeff Mittie it’s all about how the team performs in the long run.
“Our focus early in the year is are we doing the things that are necessary to be a good team regardless of the opponent,” he said.
As the game began, the Huskies threatened to take the game with the first basket. However, TCU soon recovered with a three point conversion by preseason conference of the year player, Sverrisdottir.
But it was senior Emily Carter who stole the night with 26 points overall. Carter drilled a wide open three pointer that opened the door for TCU. From there, the number 23 ranked Lady Frogs stole away with a series of three pointers as the Huskies struggled to keep up.
The Huskies wouldn’t score again until less than three minutes before the half making it a 40-6 ball game.
HBU attempted to cut a Frog lead, but managed only 23 points with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game.
The second half only proved what the first half established, the Lady Frogs are looking for another Mountain West Conference championship.
As the game came to a close, the Huskies may have gotten the last basket in Friday’s matchup, but the Frogs got the game.
Mittie, serving his eleventh year as head coach, said while he does have a veteran team coming back, he’s not getting comfortable yet.
“We were better tonight so I’ll take that but we’ve got a big stretch coming up,” he said.
Mittie thinks Wednesday’s game against SMU will show the biggest jump in performance the Lady Frogs will make, he said.
“I think the biggest jump you make is from game one to two because the first game you get all the jitters out,” he said. “I’ll get a good gauge of how serious this team wants to be good.”