Top ranked women’s basketball team to contend with UNLV

The AP No. 23 women’s basketball team will travel to match up with UNLV on Saturday.

The UNLV Lady Rebels are 0-3 against conference opponents at home this season and 1-1 in road contests.

Since last week’s decisive win over San Diego State University, the Lady Frogs have climbed to the top of the Mountain West Conference standings and have broken into the ESPN/USA Today poll at No. 24.

The team is among the top 50 in the nation in nine categories, excluding only five: field goal percentage, scoring defense, blocks and rebound margin and personal fouls per game.

Head coach Jeff Mittie addressed the rebounding margin after the Lady Frogs’ 80-63 win over SDSU.

He said he reminded his players to focus on both offensive and defensive rebounds after the first half of the game, as SDSU pulled in six more boards than TCU in the first 20 minutes. The Lady Frogs made the adjustment and outrebounded SDSU in the second half, 26-25.

Last year the Lady Frogs swept the Rebels during the regular season, but lost in the second round of the MWC Championship in Las Vegas as they were unable to overcome a 22-point deficit.

The power trio consisting of junior guards Helena Sverirsdottir and Emily Carter, and freshman forward Starr Crawford are all nationally-ranked individually.

Sverrisdottir makes her impact in assists, averaging 5.2 per game.

Carter contributes by converting 46.1 percent of her field goals from 3-point range.

Crawford, one of only seven freshmen ranked in this category, averages 9.5 rebounds per game.

TCU Lady Frogs vs. UNLV Lady Rebels

When: 5 p.m. CST Saturday

Where: Las Vegas, Nev.

The action can be followed live on KTCU FM 88.7 “The Choice.”