Between the hot shooting of junior forward Ashley Davis at one end and a stalwart team defensive effort at the other, the TCU Lady Horned Frogs coasted to a 71 – 57 victory over Air Force Saturday.The Frogs, who led by as many as 24 late in the second half, continually frustrated the Falcons on both sides of the ball. TCU’s aggressive full-court press forced 18 turnovers and led to 27 points, while Davis strung together a second consecutive strong performance with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
Davis, who is now 11-of-17 for 38 points in her last two games, said her hot streak is more of a result of team play than individual effort.
“It’s a big confidence booster for me,” Davis said. “But we also played well offensively, we just shared the ball well.”
TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said Davis is starting to attract a little more attention from opposing teams in light of her recent successes.
“She’s just in the zone right now,” Mittie said. “You can hear the other bench talking and saying, ‘Know where the shooter is!'”
But for all the talk, Davis continually found open looks from the perimeter as a result of the Frogs’ dominant paint performance, which produced 30 points and a plus-six rebound margin.
Davis said TCU’s interior game has been a large factor in the team’s recent success.
“We just took advantage today,” Davis said. “When we can get different people involved in the post, the floor is going to be open.”
The emphasis on post play did slow the Frogs’ characteristically fast paced offense, which finished with only eight fast break points. With the team settled into a half-court offense, Mittie said the bench – which scored 30 points – became an important factor.
“We had a lot of different rotations out there,” Mittie said. “That contributed to the slower pace.”
Saturday’s win over 10-4 Air Force came fresh on the heels of the Lady Frogs’ Jan. 11 upset victory over No. 18 New Mexico. Despite the team’s win streak, Mittie said the real test is not behind, but ahead.
“I definitely think its all about going on this next road trip,” Mittie said. “We’re just trying to prepare consistently. I think we’re close, but it’s big to continue this momentum.