TCU isn’t getting caught up in the fact that senior guard Zahna Medley is a mere 18 points from unseating Sandora Irvin as the school’s all-time leading scorer.
The Horned Frogs can’t afford to, coach Raegan Pebley said, whose Horned Frogs (15-12, 7-9 Big 12) travel to Austin to face No. 8 Texas on Saturday.
“The focus is on helping Zahna get more wins with her team,” Pebley said. “That’s all she wants. Records and things like that will take care of themselves if we take care of the little things as a team.”
Besides that, the Longhorns’ depth and defense are giving opponents more than enough to concentrate on. Texas (25-2, 14-2) allows opponent just over 54 points a game and balances its offensive attack so opposing defenses have a hard time keying on one or two primary scorers.
Mentality is as important as anything when you’re facing a team like Texas.
TCU coach Raegan Pebley
The Longhorns broke a three-game losing streak in Fort Worth with a 65-58 victory in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Jan. 20. The Frogs played solid defense for three quarters before the Longhorns rallied in the fourth.
Maintaining that execution was an issue for the Frogs again in Wednesday’s 83-72 loss at West Virginia, when the Mountaineers outscored TCU 23-8 in the fourth quarter to overcome the Frogs’ four-point lead.
“We’ve got to stay present for as long as the game lasts,” Pebley said. “Mentality is as important as anything when you’re facing a team like Texas.”
Texas center Imani Boyette gave the Frogs fits in the previous meeting, leading all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds, and wreaking havoc on the defensive end with six blocked shots.
TCU will have a quick turnaround after the Texas game and will face Kansas (5-22, 0-16) in the regular-season finale at home on Monday.
TCU women at Texas
7 p.m. Saturday, Longhorn Net.