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Frogs roll into Big 12 play as hot as any team in country; UNT opens up CUSA with win

Adeola Akomolafe posted her second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in TCU’s win over Alcorn State on Dec. 29, 2018.
Adeola Akomolafe posted her second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in TCU’s win over Alcorn State on Dec. 29, 2018.

Consider TCU’s non-conference portion of its schedule a resounding success.

The Frogs’ women’s basketball team will head into Big 12 play with a 10-1 record thanks to an 88-31 victory over Alcorn State on Saturday at Schollmaier Arena.

The win, aided by a 55-10 advantage in the second half, ties the best start in school history.

“I was really glad that our schedule allowed us to have a game like this after Christmas break,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said in a press release. “In the past we’ve gone right into Big 12 play. Our first games and first halves of Big 12 play look like what we did in the first half today, so it was good see us shake that off and get back into a rhythm. I’m proud of the team and the 10-1 start.

“I think that the leadership in the locker room and from our returners has been excellent. We’re just trying to make sure that everyone is ready to perform. Our depth has been a big part of our success so far. It’s great to see Amy (Okonkwo) start to find a rhythm and get that confidence back. I’m just really proud and thankful with where we are at and excited to get Big 12 play going.”

After only scoring 12 first quarter points, TCU was able to get shots to start falling in the second quarter. The three’s started to fall as Dakota Vann and Amy Okonkwo hit back-to-back shots from beyond the arc to give the Frogs a 20-14 lead in the second quarter.

TCU ended the first half on a 9-0 run to head into the locker room with a 33-21 lead.

It was all purple for the remainder of Saturdays contest.

The Horned Frogs exploded for a 22-0 run coming out of halftime to gain a near 40-point lead.

Through three quarters, Adeola Akomolafe posted her second career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

TCU held Alcorn State (1-11) to 25 percent shooting from the floor and forced 30 turnovers.

Okonkwo finished with 17 points and five rebounds on 50 percent shooting. Yummy Morris added 13 points off the bench.

The Frogs look to continue rolling as Big 12 play commences with West Virginia heading to Fort Worth on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

UNT 103, RICE 87

Ryan Woolridge scores 24 points and grabs 12 rebounds to lead UNT to a comeback win over Rice, 103-87, to open up Conference USA play on Saturday at Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

The Mean Green (13-1, C-USA 1-0) found themselves down early in the first half as Rice (5-9, C-USA 0-1) jumped out to 12-8 lead.

The Owls outscored UNT 21-16 over the next 12 minutes to push its lead 33-24 with 7:23 left to go before the break.

Woolridge scored 15 points in a 17-1 run before the half.

The Mean Green lived in the paint in the second half.

Sophomore center Zachary Simmons scored 11 of his 22 points in the first two minutes of the half to help UNT take a 63-48 lead.

UNT was able to hold off Rice as it dominated the paint, outscoring the Owls, 46-22.

Roosevelt Smart posted 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Umoja Gibson added 17 points with five 3-pointers off the bench.

Up next, the Mean Green head host Louisiana Tech on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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