TCU is still in this thing.
The Horned Frogs (18-14) will visit UT El Paso at 8 p.m. Thursday in the WNIT’s Round of 16. UTEP (28-4 and 18-0 at home), the Conference USA regular-season champs, spent much of the season hoping for a long run in another postseason tournament before being upended by Old Dominion in the CUSA tourney.
TCU made a first-round exit in the Big 12 tournament but is now one win away from the longest postseason run in program history, in just coach Raegan Pebley’s second year.
We’ve had balance on offense and that has made us an efficient team.
TCU coach Raegen Pebley
“They’re excited, maybe not so much to be practicing, but to be playing this late in March,” Pebley said.
Guard AJ Alix has been the catalyst in the backcourt for TCU in postseason play, scoring 20 or more in WNIT wins at home against UT Rio Grande Valley in the first round and Eastern Michigan in the second. The sophomore had 23 and five assists as the Horned Frogs withstood Eastern Michigan’s comeback attempt for an 85-81 victory Saturday.
But her improved play hasn’t come at her teammates’ expense. The Frogs had five players score in double figures in each win.
“We’ve had balance on offense and that has made us an efficient team,” Pebley said.
TCU women at UT El Paso
8 p.m. Thursday