Revenge is a dish best served cold, and temperatures should be below freezing tonight when CSU womenâ€™s basketball hosts Texas Christian.
The Horned Frogs (17-8, 9-2 MWC) trail Brigham Young by one game for the Mountain West Conference lead and are currently on a three-game winning streak.
The Rams (12-11, 5-5 MWC) enter tonightâ€™s game on a two game losing streak and are looking to close the season on a strong run before the conference tournament in March.
TCU has one of the top-scoring defenses in the conference, holding teams to under 59 points per game.
â€œTheyâ€™re in the right position all of the time and they have some athleticism,â€ CSU coach Kristen Holt said. â€œThey are well coached and they know where theyâ€™re supposed to be, and itâ€™s just hard to break a smart team down.â€
In addition to their ironclad defense, the Horned Frogs are second in the conference at 67.6 points per game, led by senior guard Emily Carter and senior forward Helena Sverrisdottir.
Carter is second in the MWC scoring 17.8 points per game while Sverrisdottir ranks fifth with an average of 15.1 per contest.
â€œTheyâ€™re big, strong girls,â€ said freshman forward Sam Martin. â€œI just think you need to play like youâ€™re never going to back down, you just have to push them out (of the lane).â€
TCU sophomore forward Starr Crawford also leads the conference in rebounding at 9.5 per game.
CSU has lost the last 11 games in the series, including being swept last year.
The Horned Frogs defeated the Rams 66-40 in Fort Worth earlier this season, holding the Rams to a season-low point total in the process.
â€œSome of our shots didnâ€™t fall,â€ sophomore guard Meixandra Porter said. Porter was CSUâ€™s leading scorer in that game with 12 points.
The Rams also gave up a season-high 31 turnovers, which gave them less possessions with which to score.
â€œIâ€™m not real concerned about the offense in the sense that I think what we have is good,â€ Holt said. â€œItâ€™s how we run it.â€
The Rams have only shot 13 free throws as a team in their past two games combined and made only four of their eight attempts last Saturday at New Mexico.
â€œWeâ€™ve got to get more penetration,â€ Holt said. â€œWhen we pass the ball out around the perimeter and run our offense, but we donâ€™t look aggressively to do anything with it, then it results in games like that.â€
The game tips off at 7 p.m.
Womenâ€™s basketball beat reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.