The TCU women’s basketball team faces its toughest test of the nonconference schedule Saturday, when No. 3 Notre Dame visits the University Recreation Center.
Both teams are coming off games Wednesday in which they shot more than 60 percent from the field. TCU (7-2) hit at a 61.5 percent clip in its 88-55 win over Stephen F. Austin. Notre Dame (8-1) shot 76.5 percent 95-90 victory over DePaul.
“We’re both teams that have definitely proven throughout the season that we can score,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “Both teams are focused on how we’re going to slow each other down and how we’re going to slow each other’s scoring down.”
Saturday marks the final game in the University Recreation Center before the Horned Frogs return to to the renovated Schollmaier Arena. The game was scheduled for Schollmaier Arena, but construction delays pushed the opening for basketball to Dec. 20.
In a season and six games at the URC, TCU is 15-3, including an active 12-game winning streak.
“You go into games like this confident that you’re giving yourself the best chance to compete at the highest ability,” Pebley said. “The opportunity we have tomorrow is tremendous.”
Notre Dame, which lost to UConn in last year’s championship, has been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 for 160 consecutive weeks.
“We want to see ourselves being able to schedule teams like this at our home arena more and more in the nonconference,” Pebley said.
TCU enters its second straight game with a healthy rotation after sixth man Destynee Hives McCray returned to action Wednesday after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. Sophomore guard A.J. Alix returned for the Louisiana-Monroe game on Dec. 5 after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.
“We could still win games without us, but it’s always good to have everyone on the team back,” Alix said.
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TCU women vs. No. 3 Notre Dame
University Recreation Center, 11 a.m. Saturday