TCU’s Jamie Dixon on NIT: It’s been a special trip so far to New York
The TCU women’s basketball team is peaking at the right time.
The Frogs are in the WNIT semifinals for a second straight season, and will take on Arizona at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona.
The winner advances to the championship where it’ll face the winner of Northwestern/James Madison at 2 p.m. Saturday.
- Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
- Time: 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. CT
- Location: Tucson, Ariz.
- Venue: McKale Center (14,644)
- Watch Online: ArizonaWildcats.com
- Talent: Brody Dryden, Cindy Brunson
- Radio: KTCU 88.7 “The Choice”
- Listen Online: GoFrogs.com/HFTV
- Talent: Jeff Williams
- Live Stats: ArizonaWildcats.com
- Twitter: @TCUWBasketball
- Arizona enters Wednesday’s game with a 22-13 overall record and winners of five of its last six, with its only loss in that stretch coming in the Pac-12 Conference Tournament to Oregon.
- The Bearcats finished eighth in the Pac-12 regular-season standings with a 7-11 record.
- Arizona has played all four of its WNIT games at home this season, defeating Idaho State (66-56), Pacific (64-48), Idaho (68-60) and Wyoming (67-45).
- TCU has not played a Pac-12 team this season.
- The Wildcats are led by third-year head coach Adia Barnes, who previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Washington. As a player, she was a three-time all-conference selection and 1998 graduate of Arizona.
- Redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald has been the team’s most impressive player this season, earning AP Honorable Mention All-American honors earlier this week.
- In her first season in Tucson after transferring from Washington, McDonald has been sensational, averaging 24.3 points per game and setting a new school record for single-season points scored with 852 and counting. That also ranks fourth all-time on the Pac-12 single-season scoring list.
- McDonald has scored in double digits in every game, including eight 30-point efforts, and is the only player other than Maya Moore with more than 800 points, 200 rebound and 150 assists in a season since 2000.
Here are three things to watch going into it:
TCU has a 24-10 record, meaning its one way from matching the program’s all-time record for wins in a season. The Frogs won 25 games in both 2000-01 and 2003-04.
TCU will already make program history by playing for the first time in April.
TCU is 1-1 all-time against Arizona, including a 68-59 victory last season. Amy Okonkwo scored 12 points in that meeting, and has become the Frogs’ star in the WNIT.
Okonkwo is averaging 25 points and 11.7 rebounds in the last three WNIT games.
This will mark TCU’s first game against a Pac-12 opponent this season.
Stats to know
TCU is the top Big 12 team in turnovers forced (17.5) and steals (9.6). The Frogs will have to continue that trend against Arizona.
The Wildcats have averaged 13.1 turnovers a game.