Women’s basketball team wins final home game

The Lady Frogs basketball team reached two university milestones Wednesday with its 400th victory and 12th conference win on the season, beating the Air Force Falcons on senior night.

The win over the Falcons (10-17, 4-11) was TCU’s 12th Mountain West Conference win of the year, beating last year’s team record of 11.

TCU (19-10, 12-3) took down the Falcons 85-50, forcing 24 turnovers, including 15 in the first half.

The Lady Frogs cruised through their final home game of the season and never led by less than 20 points in the second half.

Seniors were the dominant force for TCU. All five graduating players started the game together, and a senior led or tied for the lead in points, rebounds and assists.

Senior guard Helen Roden played an all-around solid game, leading TCU with 12 points and chipping in six rebounds and four assists.

Senior forward Jenna Lohse led TCU in rebounding with nine and finished with 11 points.

Adrianne Ross, last year’s Mountain West Player of the Year, leaves TCU as one of the program’s all-time greats, finishing first in steals, second in points, third in assists and on-track for first in games played.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said it was fun to watch his five seniors play well together and said it was great seeing them have fun their last time in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum together.

Lohse said the game was an emotional one for the seniors, but enjoyed being able to start and stick together with her graduating teammates.

Senior guard Moneka Knight and Ross each had four steals, fueling a Lady Frog defensive effort that allowed 23 first-half points.

TCU held Air Force to 36.5 percent shooting while hitting 51.6 percent of its own attempts.

TCU’s bench finished with 34 points to complement the predominantly senior effort.

Mittie said the team is doing a much better job at the end of games.

“This team is finishing things much better than before in the season,” Mittie said. “It’s a big step forward for this group.”

TCU, which averages 14.5 assists per game, nearly hit its average in the first half with 12 and finished with 19.

TCU still has one game remaining against BYU. A win would guarantee a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference.

The University of Wyoming, currently in third place behind the Lady Frogs, swept the season series against TCU and also has one game remaining against BYU.

At a half game behind the Lady Frogs, a Cowgirl loss would also guarantee a second-place regular season conference finish for TCU.

The Lady Frogs take on the Cougars at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Provo, Utah.