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Prince and Conner lead Frogs to 5th straight win of the season over Army

Prince and Conner were unstoppable forces in the matchup against the Army Black Knights, securing the Frogs fourth 5-0 start to a season in its 47-year history.
Sedona Prince led TCU basketball to its fifth straight win to open the season over Army 88-51. (photo courtesy of: gofrogs.com)

Sedona Prince led the Frogs with 33 points and 16 rebounds, which are both career bests, in an 88-51 win over Army.

Madison Conner added 24 points, sank 7-of-15 3-point attempts in her 38 minutes on the floor. 

TCU’s early offensive success was boosted by effective three-point shooting in the opening minutes of the game.

Jaden Owens led in points, shooting 60% from the field with seven points and Conner with six in the first quarter. Army had no answer for the duo until under two minutes in the first half when Soliel Montrose knocked down a jumper to bring the score to 18-11. 

Prince said getting off to a quick start was a point of emphasis throughout this week.

“As soon as the ball tipped-off we got into attack mode,” said Prince. “I wanted to focus on setting my foot down early and being a presence early and not just in the second half.”

After trailing 21-13 the Black Knights picked up the defensive effort going into the second quarter.

Army began applying full-court pressure early in the second but were unable to compete with the mismatched size of Prince. She was fouled multiple times throughout the quarter, went 5-7 from the line, led the team in points with 11 and collected

Defensively, Agnes Emma Nnopu disrupted Army’s game. She had two consecutive steals and converted the first one into points with 4:51 left on the clock bringing the score 31-20. 

Head coach Mark Campbell said Nnopu is the backbone of this team.

“The stats sheet does not quantify what Agnes does for this team and she is always the last kid in the gym getting up shots,” said Campbell. “She is a humble warrior that brings it every single night with an incredible attitude. She is the rock of our program and people feed off of her.”

Nnopu finished the game with seven points, three defensive rebounds, three steals and four blocks. 

Army’s Lauren Lithgow closed the first half for the Black Knight with a last second 3-pointer, led the team in points with six, leaving the Black Knights trailing 24-45 as they entered the locker room. 

The Horned Frogs continued to build off the momentum they built in the first half, adding 21 points in the third quarter.

Daija Turner and Victoria Flores were able to come in off the bench during the fourth quarter and make an impact on the game. Turner added five points, two rebounds and one steal while Flores added four points, three assists and one steal.

Conner closed out the game with a 3-point shot, sealing the game at 88-51. 

After securing a 5-0 start to the season, TCU will hit the road to face the University of Texas El Paso Miners on Thursday, Nov. 23 with tip-off at 12 p.m.

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