Lady Frogs MWC Champions with undefeated home record

The Lady Frogs can now call themselves Mountain West Conference Champions. TCU (22-6; 12-3 MWC) boasts an undefeated home record after defeating the University of New Mexico Lobos 66-54 Tuesday night.

The TCU squad prevented the Lobos from scoring during the first six minutes of play, but New Mexico acquired a one point edge only two minutes later.

New Mexico’s 6-foot-6 senior center Valerie Kast replaced starting junior forward Jessica Kielpinski after a hard hit to the face early in the first half. Kast provided size that was difficult to defend.

“We never seemed to get in the flow of this game,” head coach Jeff Mittie said.

Even though TCU struggled with consistency, the team fought back to secure a 36-20 edge after the first 20 minutes of play.

New Mexico again threatened to pull ahead by producing a 13-2 run when returning from the locker room, bringing the margin to five.

The Lady Frogs answered with a 13-0 run of their own, which featured the play of TCU’s senior guards. TK LaFleur made two three-point baskets and Eboni Mangum continued the momentum with a fast break layup.

Mangum also held the Lobo’s leading scorer, senior guard Amy Beggin, to only seven points.

From here on out the Lady Frogs maintained their lead and concluded the night with 18 assists, 10 steals and a mere 11 turnovers.

Junior forward Emily Carter and junior forward/guard Helena Sverrisdottir contributed 12 points each and collectively marked 10 assists.

Freshman forward Starr Crawford soundly contributed on both sides of the ball. Crawford posted seven rebounds, eight points and four steals.

LaFleur achieved a double-double during the home finale, leading the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She was pleased with her final performance as a senior at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

“It’s just an awesome feeling,” LaFleur said. “I’m glad I was able to come through and do things that were needed to help my team win.”