No. 22 TCU rebounded from their loss in Wyoming by beating the San Diego State Aztecs 80-63 at home Saturday.The Aztecs were chosen as the preseason favorite to win the MWC.
The Lady Frogs had a high-energy start in the first five minutes, hitting three shots from the 3-point range. The team never trailed during the game, and even held a 24-point edge late in the second half. Regardless, Head Coach Jeff Mittie didn’t downplay the talent of the SDSU team.
“It was a grind even though the margin was there,” Mittie said.
Mittie said the Aztecs’ physical presence on the court caused him to encourage his team to match their intensity.
“I challenged the team before the game to take it right at them,” he said.
Senior guard Eboni Mangum went for 12 points, junior guard Emily Carter went for 21 points, and leading the team in scoring was junior guard Helena Sverrisdottir, with 22 points.
“We came out, really pushed it at them, and played really well,” said Sverrisdottir, who also contributed seven rebounds and four assists.
Once establishing a comfortable lead in the second half, TCU relied upon their defense.
Freshman forward Starr Crawford led the team with 11 rebounds, nine of which she pulled in during the second half.
Freshman forward Delisa Gross notably recorded a career-high of four blocked shots as well.
The Lady Frogs finished the game with 23 turnovers, 10 steals, and eight blocked shots.
TCU’s aggressive attack also put SDSU in foul trouble, as Allison Duffy and Paris Johnson finished with four fouls each, and MWC preseason player of the year JenÃÂ© Morris fouled out near the end of the game.
“It looks like we may have a conference race,” said Mittie.