A tie for second place in the Mountain West Conference will be broken today, when the women’s basketball team faces the University of Wyoming in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Both teams have identical 7-2 records in the conference, but by the end of the day one will team will have dropped to third.
The Lady Frogs are riding a four-game win streak, the longest of the season.
“You learn from your mistakes, you learn from the game,” senior guard/forward Lorie Butler-Rayford said. “You take that from each game we struggled in. We’re on that winning streak right now. I don’t want to say too much about it because I don’t want to jinx us.”
Despite starting the season off slowly, the Lady Frogs have jumped into high gear recently and are 11-4 in the last 15 contests. Those 11 wins included victories over quality opponents, including a win over Oklahoma State, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a 55-point rout of the University of Texas at Arlington. Both of TCU’s losses in the Mountain West came against first and second place teams University of Utah and Wyoming.
Freshman center Micah Garoutte said the team recognizes the importance of today’s game, but views every game as a big one.
“We always want to prepare for games no matter who it is we’re playing against,” Garoutte said. “(Wyoming is) a good team, so we know that we need to play really hard. We can’t take anybody for granted.”
In TCU’s first game against the Cowboys, the Lady Frogs did not have a single player score in double digits.
Wyoming was a defensive force with 11 blocked shots, holding TCU to 26.7 percent shooting.
The Cowgirls are putting together another phenomenal season, with a 19-3 overall record. Its momentum will be low, however, heading into tonight’s game after having lost two of its last three.
Despite the two recent losses, Wyoming holds the No. 22 ranking in The Associated Press and coaches polls.
Wyoming has been on a roll ever since winning the Women’s National Invitation Tournament last year, where it beat the University of Wisconsin 72-56 in the championship round.
With less than a month left in the regular season, TCU will be looking to finish strong and make a bid for an eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The game should be a good matchup between offense and defense. While Wyoming owns the conference’s stingiest defense, giving up only 52.4 points per game, TCU is running the conference’s second highest scoring offense with 69.7 points per game. The conference leader, Utah, has scored 69.8 points per game.
Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. today in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.