Lady Frogs set to end 10-game Utah winning streak

The women’s basketball team will wrap up the first half of Mountain West Conference play tonight on the road against the University of Utah.

The Lady Frogs (13-7, 5-2 MWC) are tied for second in the conference with the University of New Mexico and San Diego State University. The team erased a 16-point deficit to beat SDSU at home last week.

The Utes are 14-6 overall but have gotten off to a sizzling 7-0 start in conference play and are winners of their last 10 games.

“They’ve always had good balance,” head coach Jeff Mittie said. “They’re an excellent basketball team.”

Mittie said the Utah duo of senior guard Morgan Warburton and junior forward Kalee Whipple are two of the best players in the conference and have been for a long time. The two Utes average 18.7 and 16.5 points per game, respectively.

Mittie said the week-long break between the SDSU game and the game in Utah will give his team extra time to prepare.

Next game
What: TCU vs. Utah
When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Salt Lake City, Utah

“Some coaches like to rest [during the off week], I don’t think we need the rest,” he said after the SDSU game. “I think we need to work.”

The midway point of conference play has arrived, but Mittie said the Lady Frogs still have time to improve.

“We’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to shore up,” Mittie said. “We’re almost through the first rotation of the conference.”

The Lady Frogs are led by their three leading scorers: sophomore forward Emily Carter, sophomore guard Helena Sverrisdottir and junior guard TK LaFleur. The three players account for almost 58 percent of the team’s total scoring output.

The Lady Frogs said they know they are going up against a good team in Utah.

“We know they have some key players coming back,” Carter said. “We’re going to come back and we’re going to work hard this week for that and then be prepared to go up there and get a win.”

After the Utah game the Lady Frogs will return to Fort Worth for two straight home games starting with Colorado State University on Saturday.

Listen to the game live on the radio starting at 8:45 p.m. today on KTCU 88.7.