Women’s basketball gain speed as the MWC title approaches

After a convincing win against conference rival Utah, No. 22 TCU, now 12-3 for the season, is looking to defeat a 10-4 Wyoming in Laramie tonight. The Lady Frogs hope to extend their seven-game win streak, which marks the fourth longest in program history, with a victory over the Cowgirls.

“The biggest challenge is that they’re a good basketball team,” said associate head coach Brian Ostermann. “Any time you’re playing a good team on their floor, you have to overcome the challenges.”

In the past six matchups for the Lady Frogs and the Cowgirls in Laramie, TCU has recorded two wins.

“They pose some problems for our defense, and we’re going to really have to be locked in and play very well to get the result that we want,” Ostermann said.

Freshman forward Starr Crawford scored 15 points against the Utes and tied freshman forward DeLisa Gross for the most rebounds with eight.

“We’re in a good flow right now and that helps us tremendously, especially because we are going into conference,” Crawford said.
As the race for the Mountain West Conference title continues, the Lady Frogs are gaining national recognition with a spot on the AP Top 25 Poll. They jumped to No. 22 after Saturday’s 62-41 win against Utah.

“It’s definitely a good accomplishment, but we need to focus on one game at a time because it can be taken away if we slip up,” said senior guard Eboni Mangum. “We need to play team ball.”

In last season’s meetings, TCU swept the Cowgirls with a 60-47 win at home and an 81-78 victory in Laramie.

The Lady Frogs are 8-6 against Wyoming overall.

“We are just preparing for a typical Mountain West Conference game, and it’s a matter of who can be the better team in those 40 minutes,” Ostermann said.