Days before the TCU women’s basketball team (9-3) began its regular season, the guard rotation went from one of the strongest in the lineup to a major question mark.TCU coaches knew earlier that A&M transfer point guard Alexia Standish would not play this season per transfer rules. That freshman point guard AJ Alix would miss this season because of academic eligibility issues was a sudden surprise.The losses meant fewer ways to move last year’s freshman all-conference selection Zahna Medley to shooting guard to bury 3-pointers and open jumpers.For the offense, it meant growing pains, especially backcourt consistency with guards Veja Hamiton, Donielle Breaux and Medley. TCU had to find ways other than outside shooting to win.“They are finding each other much, much better,” TCU coach Jeff Mittie said. “We’re continuing to talk about more assists each game and that’s what we talked about in here that we weren’t doing two weeks ago. We’re doing a lot of good things now. You’re seeing our offense pick up.”TCU starts Big 12 play at home at 7 p.m. Thursday against Iowa State.Medley leads the Horned Frogs at 16.3 points per game, often driving inside off shot fakes, dropping in floaters and drawing fouls.“I think Z is really doing a great job of running the team right now,” Mittie said. “I’m not concerned at all with her scoring. She can flat score. Right now she’s just doing a great job of running things, spreading the ball around.”Hamilton, a sophomore, has provided assists and allowed Medley to play more shooting guard.Junior guard Natalie Ventress is averaging 11.5 points per game after finding her shot recently. Mittie said her experience is needed in the rotation. TCU has much to polish as league play starts, but Mittie likes where his team is a year later at the same time.“We’re better than we were a year ago, but we’re not where we need to be,” he said.
No. 14 Iowa St. at TCU women
7 p.m. Thursday, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Radio: KTCU/88.7 FM
Records: Iowa State 11-0; TCU 9-3