Women’s basketball claims longest home win streak in MWC

The TCU Lady Frogs extended their record-breaking home win streak by defeating the Brigham Young Cougars 64-40 Wednesday night.

TCU has won 18 straight games in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which is the longest home win streak in the MWC. Their last home loss was against BYU last season.

The game began with the Cougars’ effective press offense. BYU hit two early three-pointers and demonstrated its effectiveness in converting field goals into points.

“Sometimes against a pressing team, the first 10 minutes serves as practice,” said head coach Jeff Mittie. “It’s hard to simulate in practice.”

The Cougars outrebounded the Lady Frogs 17-16 after the first 20 minutes of play, but the Lady Frogs gradually settled into their zone defense and finished the first half with a five-point edge.

The second half was all TCU. By maintaining their defensive attack, the Lady Frogs eventually obtained their maximum lead of 27 points. They also recorded 15 points off turnovers and 17 from the bench during the last 20 minutes.

Junior guard Emily Carter finished with a team high of 16 points.

“I was just trying to be aggressive from the beginning and draw fouls and frustrate their players,” Carter said.

TCU ended shooting 17-of-20 free throws, and Carter made 9-of-10 from the line. BYU only obtained three free-throw attempts during the game.

Another major contributor was freshman forward Starr Crawford, who added 12 points to the score. Crawford and sophomore guard Antoinette Thompson led the team in rebounds, each pulling in eight by the conclusion of the game.

To sum up the match, Mittie kept it simple.

“We were more aggressive,” he said. “This was a big game for us.”

The Lady Frogs are currently tied with San Diego State for first place in the Mountain West standings.