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TCU women begin season Friday against Incarnate Word

Guard AJ Alix is one of the key returning players for TCU, which opens its season Friday.
Guard AJ Alix is one of the key returning players for TCU, which opens its season Friday. Special to the Star-Telegram

The 40th season of TCU women’s basketball starts Friday when Incarnate Word visits Schollmaier Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

TCU will play nine of its first 11 games at home, including its first four, in coach Raegan Pebley’s third season with the Horned Frogs. The home dates give her young team time to grow after the graduation of all-time leading scorer and 3-point shooter, Zahna Medley.

“With a young team there might be moments where we win some games and win some possessions that maybe we shouldn’t,” Pebley said at media day functions. “And there’s probably going to be some moments that don’t go as well as they should because of that youth, but they’ll be eager to learn from those moments.”

TCU features eight freshmen and sophomores on the roster, including guard Amber Ramirez, the 12th overall recruit from the class of 2016. But early on, the leadership and experience of guard AJ Alix and forward Jada Butts will be key for the Horned Frogs in shaping the team into one that can compete in the Big 12 Conference.

Matthew Martinez; 817-390-7760; @MCTinez817

TCU women vs. Incarnate Word

8:30 p.m. Friday

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