What to watch for as TCU hosts Cincinnati in the WNIT Quarterfinals on Sunday

Jordan Moore’s amazing run leading TCU women’s basketball

TCU basketball player Jordan Moore has been on fire while leading the Horned Frogs to the WNIT semifinals.
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TCU basketball player Jordan Moore has been on fire while leading the Horned Frogs to the WNIT semifinals.

Who: TCU vs. Cincinnati

What: WNIT Quarterfinals

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth

Three things to watch:

1. The O Zone. TCU senior forward Amy Okonkwo is coming off a career night, scoring 36 points in the Frogs’ victory at Arkansas on Thursday. Okonkwo scored 10 of her career-high 36 points in the final 1:04. Okonkwo became the first Big 12 player to score at least 36 points and grab 14 or more rebounds in either an NCAA or WNIT game since at least 1999-2000.

2. WNIT history. TCU has become pretty good at the WNIT deal. The Frogs reached the semifinals last season, and are now one win away from matching that run. TCU is in its fifth WNIT appearance in the last six seasons, and are 12-6 all-time in the tournament.

3. X factors. TCU is coming off an impressive game in which it did the little things right. The Frogs finished a season-best 23-of-25 from the free-throw line Thursday, including going 8-for-8 in the final 46 seconds. The Frogs also won the rebounding battle, 45-31, including 16 offensive rebounds. Those led TCU to having a 15-7 advantage in second-chance points. The Frogs have to continue doing the little things right to keep advancing.

TCU head coach Raegan Pebley:

“We need a huge crowd. We need to fill that stadium with a great atmosphere. The way the WNIT works is, you host if you draw a bigger crowd and have a better atmosphere than your opponent. It’s one game at a time, but we’d love to be able to stay at home as long as possible.”

On Amy Okonkwo: “All of our seniors are playing really well. Jordan wasn’t statistically necessarily very impressive, but her effort was good. She helped a lot just being a rim protector and a presence around the rim. But Amy, you know, she’s just such a tough matchup for a lot of people and she had to guard a really tough matchup. Somebody half her size and could shoot the 3, and she just worked her tail off on that end. Seniors help you at this time of year, for sure.”

Free tickets

TCU will give the first 1,500 fans Sunday free general admission tickets. The Schollmaier Arena ticket office opens at noon. There is also a $700 cash giveaway with a lucky fan receiving $100 at each timeout.

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