The women’s basketball team will be looking to bounce back quickly after suffering its first lost in the month of February.
The Lady Frogs’ 68-53 setback against the No. 16 Utah Utes (24-3) (13-0) stopped the team’s winning streak at seven games, but TCU has a good chance of starting a new one this weekend when they host UNLV.
TCU has won its last four meetings against the Lady Rebels. In three of those victories, TCU has won by an average of 17.6 points. UNLV has lost its past two games, losing both games by double digits.
The Lady Frogs (17-10) (10-3) had their way with UNLV (8-18) (4-9) in the first game by grabbing 22 offensive rebounds in a 56-38 road victory.
The 38 points were two points shy of the Lady Frogs’ best defensive effort this season, and it was the lowest point total TCU has given up in 2008. They held Delaware to 36 points in November.
It also marked UNLV’s lowest scoring game this season.
Senior guard Adrianne Ross said the team played a great defensive game against UNLV but that its shooting on the offensive end needs to be better in the second match.
“We got after it and were all over them on defense,” Ross said. “But, we did not shoot that well on offense and that was one reason why we were able to get so many offensive boards.”
The Lady Frogs had five players with five or more rebounds. Leading them on the boards was senior Jenna Lohse, who had eight rebounds on the offensive end and finished with 10 for the game, a career best.
Also on the offensive end, TCU had three players score in double digits. Senior guard Helen Roden, and true freshman guard Helena Sverrisdottir, led the Lady Frogs in scoring with 11 points each. Sverrisdottir also added seven rebounds and four assists. Roden helped out on the glass, cleaning up with nine rebounds – all on the defensive end.
“Anyone on the team can have a great game for us,” Ross said. “No matter who it is, when they are on, we just have to keep feeding them.”
There was only one lead change in the game. It came with 11:05 left in the first half, and TCU was trailing 9-7. Following a timeout, Roden drained a 3-pointer and gave the Lady Frogs a 9-10 lead. Their largest lead of 18 points came after the final point of the game, a free throw by Roden.