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Moore’s offense driving women’s basketball postseason success

Junior Jordan Moore posted a double-double against Lamar

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Eighty-six percent.

That’s Jordan Moore’s field goal percentage throughout the Horned Frogs’ four WNIT victories.

The junior forward is averaging 17.8 points per game in the postseason and has only missed five shots on 35 attempts. Her offensive outburst has been a major reason why TCU is playing in their first-ever WNIT semifinal Wednesday night.

“It’s pretty special, absolutely, what Jordan is doing,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said.

Moore finished the regular season as the team’s second-leading scorer with 13.8 PPG, including a 28 point outing against Texas State. However, she entered the postseason on a bit of a cold stretch, averaging just 8.2 points per game over the final nine games of the regular season and Big 12 conference tournament.

A cold streak that was thrown out the window when she scored 24 points on 10-11 shooting against Lamar in the first round of the WNIT and followed two games later with a 26-point performance in Sunday’s victory at South Dakota.

“Honestly it’s just been my teammates giving me the ball in the right position,” Moore said when describing the factors that add up to her postseason prosperity.

Pebley added that Moore’s willingness to attribute all of her success to her teammates is instilling a confidence in the rest of the team, which allows them to continue winning games late in the postseason.

“She’s so quick to give the credit to her teammates,” Pebley said. “They’re the ones who are feeding her the ball at the right time, at the right place and that’s adding confidence as well.”

Moore also believes that the team playing this late into March has taken their chemistry to another level, allowing them to better exploit the holes in defenses and find open teammates.

“I feel like our chemistry has increased just because we’re all playing together and playing longer than we have before and it’s just helped us to find each other on the court better,” she said.

As a team, the Horned Frogs have shot over 50 percent from the field in all four WNIT victories, including a season-high 61 percent from the field in their first-round victory over Lamar.

With an offense clicking at just the right time and a player dominating whoever she faces, TCU is playing their best basketball of the season at the best time possible.

“It’s so exciting,” Moore said. “It’s a really good feeling especially because we’re all playing so hard and just surviving and advancing every game.”

The team will look to continue their run when they take on the Indiana Hoosiers Wednesday 6 p.m. in Bloomington, Indiana.

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