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Key players returning to TCU women’s basketball lineup

A.J. Alix returns to the TCU lineup after missing the past two games with an undisclosed injury.
A.J. Alix returns to the TCU lineup after missing the past two games with an undisclosed injury. Special to the Star-Telegram

The TCU women’s basketball team is getting healthier after four players were sidelined with undisclosed injuries.

Point guard A.J. Alix will return to the lineup after missing two games, adding a key ball handler and scorer to the mix.

Senior guard Veja Hamilton returned Tuesday against Butler, scoring eight points in the 65-53 loss. She ranks third nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 6.0.

“We just didn’t have the depth in the guard rotation with all of the injuries,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “It’s no excuse because things happen, but it’s great to have a little bit more depth back and healthy at the guard position.”

The Horned Frogs (5-2) will still be without forwards Adeola Akomolafe and Destynee Hives-McCray for the game against Louisiana-Monroe at 2 p.m. Saturday at the University Recreation Center.

Hives-McCray averages 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

ULM (4-2) presents a challenge in the post with 6-foot-1 senior Alayshia Hunter, who leads the team in scoring at 18 points per game, and from the perimeter with sophomore guard Chelsea Tieuel, averaging 12.7 points per game thanks to a 48.5 percent clip on 3-pointers.

The Warhawks already have a win over in-state rival LSU, 61-54 in overtime on Nov. 15.

“They are a team that, I think, has some confidence coming into this game, not just because of their record, but because of a really quality win like that,” Pebley said.

Travis L. Brown: tbrown7137@gmail.com, @Travis_L_Brown.

TCU women vs. Louisiana-Monroe

2 p.m. Saturday

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