TCU looks to earn its first outright Mountain West Conference championship Tuesday when it plays host to New Mexico on Senior Night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game, scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., will be televised live by The MountainWest Sports Network (The Mtn.).
The Lady Frogs enter Tuesday’s matchup with a two-game lead in the MWC standings and need only one win in their final two regular-season contests to clinch sole possession of first place. The team already has claimed one of the top two seeds for next week’s MWC tournament, meaning it will receive two byes and begin play in the semifinal round. A win against the Lobos would also tie a program record for regular-season victories and mark the first-ever undefeated season at home with a 15-0 mark.
In addition to having a championship to play for, TCU also will celebrate the careers of three student-athletes (forward Chantelle John and guards TK LaFleur and Eboni Mangum) who are set to play their final games at the DMC in a special post-game ceremony.
TCU will tie a program record with its 12th television appearance of 2009-10 with The Mtn. broadcast. Erin Bajackson (play-by-play) and Linda Sharp (analyst) will handle play-by-play duties for The Mtn. telecast.
Tuesday’s matchup also will be broadcast live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Jeff Lewis (analyst) calling the action. An Internet radio feed and link to live statistics will be available on game day via GoFrogs.com.
LADY FROGS HOPE TO PACK DMC
TCU hopes to pack Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the announcement of several special promotions, which include $1 tickets and hot dogs and free pizza for the first 1,000 fans in attendance.
All tickets will be sold for only $1 either in advance or on game day, and TCU students, faculty and staff will be admitted free of charge by showing a valid TCU ID. The dollar theme will extend to the concessions stand, where hot dogs will be sold for only $1. The Lady Frogs hope to have a large and raucous crowd show up early by offering free pizza to the first 1,000 fans in attendance.
Doors to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will be opened to the public at 5 p.m. TCU will offer a special giveaway for its social network friends in the form of a free Lady Frog T-shirt. The first 50 friends of TCU’s official Facebook site, TCUWBasketball, to present a print-out of the coupon from the site will receive the free T-shirt.
FROG QUICK NOTES
- A win would match the program record for regular-season victories (22) previously set in 2000-01 and 2003-04.
- A win would give TCU its first-ever undefeated season at home at 15-0, and only the second undefeated home season in MWC history (Utah, 13-0 in 2002-03).
- TCU’s regular-season MWC championship marks the third in school history, each of which have come in Jeff Mittie’s tenure as head coach. The three titles have been in three different conferences (WAC in 2000-01, CUSA in 2001-02).
- TCU has now totaled 20 or more wins in nine of the last 10 seasons. The program had never reached the 20-win plateau prior to head coach Jeff Mittie’s arrival in 1999-2000.
- TCU is 17-0 when shooting 40.0% or better from the field, 17-1 when outshooting the opponent and 17-1 when committing fewer turnovers.
- The Frogs are shooting 47.2% from the field overall and averaging 76.7 ppg during their last six outings.
- TCU’s bench has outscored the opponent bench in 23 of 27 games this season, by an average of 9.7 ppg.
- Eboni Mangum is averaging 11.1 ppg over the last 11 games, third-most among all Frogs.
- Helena Sverrisdottir needs eight helpers to move into third place all-time at TCU in career assists and only six more to match her season total from a year ago, which also ranks No. 3 in program history.
- Sverrisdottir is the only individual ranked among the MWC’s top-15 players in assists (No. 2), steals (No. 3), rebounding (No. 6) and scoring (No. 7).
- TK LaFleur (10.6 ppg; seven starts) is the MWC’s current scoring leader for players with seven starts or fewer.
- Emily Carter leads TCU with a 15.8-point scoring average in MWC play, which ranks No. 5 in the league. She paces the MWC in FT shooting (85.5%) for all games, while coming in at No. 2 in 3FG shooting (42.5%) and No. 5 in scoring (14.7 ppg).
- Carter’s 3FG percentage and FT percentage would both rank No. 2 in TCU single-season history behind only record-holder Amy Sutton (43.9% in 2000-01; 87.6% in 1998-99).