“Teams that want to play in March have to have good Februaries.”
That was head coach Jeff Mittie’s message to his team as they prepared to start the second half of conference play with a home game against Colorado State University on Saturday.
If the Lady Frogs’ 71-59 win over the Rams was any indication, the team is listening so far.
The Mountain West Conference’s top-scoring offense was on full display Saturday night as the Lady Frogs topped the Rams in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Although the Lady Frogs’ high-flying offense was impressive in the win over the Rams, the team proved it can play a little defense, too.
“I think we did a really good job of shutting down their shooters,” said sophomore forward Rachel Rentschler.
The Lady Frogs held the Rams to just 31.3 percent shooting on the night.
The game against Colorado State (7-15, 2-7 MWC) was a rematch of both teams’ first game played in the Mountain West Conference this season back on Jan. 7, a 21-point TCU victory.
The Lady Frogs’ record now stands at 14-8 with a 6-3 clip in Mountain West Conference play.
Despite the win, Mittie said the team still has room for
“I’m still not happy with our rebounding,” Mittie said.
The Lady Frogs still managed to outrebound the Rams 41-39, although the margin was down from the last meeting between the teams. Turnovers, of which TCU had 19, are another concern, Mittie said.
“We seemed a little out of sync tonight,” he said.
The team certainly wasn’t out of sync in the early going, as the Lady’s Frogs’ offense helped the team jump out to a quick 15-point lead.
But TCU appeared to cool off as the half progressed before regaining its form in the last few minutes. The Lady Frogs entered halftime with a 15-point lead, 40-25.
“It was kind of like a roller coaster the whole game,” Rentschler said. “We had our ups and our downs and we just need to start focusing and just going hard for 40 minutes.”
|What: TCU vs. UNLV|
|When: 7 p.m. Tuesday|
|Where: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum|
The Rams went on a run at the beginning of second-half play and rapidly closed in on the Lady Frogs’ lead. But the Lady Frogs held their ground, allowing the Rams to get within three points of the lead before retaking control just minutes later.
TCU fought its way back to a double-digit lead midway through the second half of play thanks to scoring bursts from sophomore forward Emily Carter and sophomore guard Helena Sverrisdottir.
The team’s lead ballooned to as many as 17 points late in the game. Successful clock management kept the Rams at bay until the game’s end.
Sverrisdottir was the team’s leading scorer, and finished the night with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, despite getting in early foul trouble.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is up next for the Lady Frogs. In the two teams’ previous meeting on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas, the Lady Frogs outlasted the Lady Rebels 66-61. UNLV’s record stands at 10-12, including a 3-6 clip in the MWC.
Listen to the game live on the radio starting at 6:45 p.m. today on KTCU 88.7.