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TCU basketball guard AJ Alix will play for Florida State as grad transfer

TCU Horned Frogs guard AJ Alix, left, looks for a open teammate against Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty in a game Jan. 25. Alix, a redshirt junior past season in eligibility, will play for Florida State in 2017-18 as a graduate transfer.
TCU Horned Frogs guard AJ Alix, left, looks for a open teammate against Texas Longhorns guard Brooke McCarty in a game Jan. 25. Alix, a redshirt junior past season in eligibility, will play for Florida State in 2017-18 as a graduate transfer. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Guard AJ Alix, who led the TCU women in points and assists last season, will play for Florida State next season, the Seminoles announced Monday.

Florida State said Alix, two-time all-Big 12 honorable mention, will use the graduate transfer rule and be a senior. The 5-foot-6 Houston native, who averaged 13.1 points and 4.6 assists last season, will join a backcourt that lost two players Brittany Brown and Leticia Romero to graduation.

Alix could play at point guard and team up with senior Imani Wright, who averaged 10.7 points last season, The Associated Press reported.

“We’re excited to have AJ join our program,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said, via the Florida State website. “She had strong success as a point guard in the Big 12 during her undergraduate years. We graduated two accomplished and experienced point guards this season.

“As a graduate transfer, AJ provides an experience level in addition to a great skill set that is important in running a Top 10 program.”

Florida State finished seventh last season in the final “USA Today” women’s basketball rankings after the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles went 28-7, winning three games in the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion South Carolina 71-64 in the Elite Eight.

The Seminoles have been to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet 16 in the past three seasons.

TCU took a step back last season. The Horned Frogs lost 76-58 to a quickly resurgent Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 tournament to finish a 12-18 season. The Frogs were only 4-14 in Big 12 play.

In coach Raegan Pebley’s first two seasons, the Frogs won 18 games both seasons and earned the Big 12’s automatic berth into the WNIT, including a trip to the WNIT third round in 2015-16.

In 2016-17, a highly touted recruiting class didn’t provide enough of an impact. McDonald’s All-American Amber Ramirez missed seven games in the middle of the season with a foot injury.

In the season-closing loss to Texas Tech, Alix was 2 of 10 shooting and Ramirez was 5 of 17.

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