Defense has been key during Horned Frogs’ win streak

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By Benton McDonald

One of the themes of the TCU women’s basketball team’s seven-game win streak has been their physical, tenacious defense.

TCU’s opponents have scored less than 70 points in each of their last four games, including a meager 52-point showing by Iowa State Tuesday.

The Cyclones shot just 36.4 percent from the field against a TCU defense anchored by junior center Jordan Moore. Moore is averaging 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season.

Junior Jordan Moore blocks a Texas player’s shot.
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“We focus a lot on defense in practice, and I feel like that helps us a lot in games,” Moore said.

TCU head coach Raegan Pebley attributed the team’s defensive improvement to their offseason focus on physicality.

“Overall since last season we’ve worked really hard with our strength coach on just becoming a stronger and more explosive team,” Pebley said.

Along with Moore, the team’s roster is filled with long and athletic defenders that can defend a variety of positions at an above-average level. Sophomores Kianna Ray, Jayde Woods, and Adeola Akomolafe along with junior Dakota Vann all provide a defensive flexibility that has been suffocating opponents.

Over the course of TCU’s win streak, no team has shot higher than 45 percent from the field against the Horned Frogs and two, Iowa State and Oklahoma, failed to eclipse 40.

Pebley also spoke about the competitive spirit the team brings to practice.

“In our offseason, in our summer with the practices we had in Australia, just continuing to bring a more competitive personality to our practices, that’s allowed us to become a more physical team,” she said.

Pebley said the team rarely calls fouls during practices to help build an extra layer of physical and mental toughness.

The team will look to continue their tough defensive play when they take on the No. 8 Texas Longhorns this Saturday in Austin at noon. The team defeated then-No.7 ranked Texas 79-77 in Fort Worth last month.