Tonight, the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team will look for its first win against TCU since the Horned Frogs entered the Mountain West Conference in 2005.
Currently TCU (14-4, 4-1 MWC) is tied for first place in the conference at and ranked No. 20 in the AP Poll. The Rams have not defeated the Horned Frogs since 1999, losing eight consecutive meetings.
â€œProbably with quite a few teams in our conference thereâ€™s some type of streak because we just havenâ€™t won a lot of games here in the past couple of years,â€ CSU head coach Kristen Holt said. â€œWe just kind of focus more on how to solve the problem then we do any type of streaks or anything and just figure thatâ€™ll take care of itself.â€
The Horned Frogs were picked to finish second in the pre-season MWC coaches poll and have lived up to that billing thus far. As a team, TCU is ranked at or near the top of the conference in nearly every statistical category and lead the Mountain West in scoring offense (72.9 ppg), scoring margin ( 14.4), three-point field goal defense (27.1%), rebounds per game (41.4), steals (10.8) and turnover margin ( 5.06).
â€œWe know that with our effort and our energy we can beat any team in the conference,â€ sophomore forward, and reigning Mountain West Conference Womenâ€™s Basketball Player of the Week, Kim Mestdagh said. â€œThey can have a bad day and we can have a great day.â€
Emily Carter leads the Horned Frogs in scoring at 14.9 points per game and is ranked fourth in the conference. Freshman Starr Crawford brings down 9.5 rebounds per game, good for second in the Mountain West.
â€œYou canâ€™t just guard one. I think that our challenge is that weâ€™ve got to defend really well in this game,â€ Holt said. â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a situation where we can go in and outscore them.â€
Both teams enter the night on two-game winning streaks. CSU has not lost on the road since Dec. 30 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, but TCU is a perfect 9-0 at home this season.
Junior guard Zoi Simmons will return for the Rams after missing their last game against New Mexico, adding leadership, defense and consistent free throw shooting.
â€œWe just canâ€™t take it as a joke,â€ Simmons said, â€œWe have to go out there, be aggressive and play our game.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next game: TCU vs. CSU
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth, Texas
Watch: The Mtn.