By Ray Cartwright
Frogs Today Senior Writer
FORT WORTH – In front rowdy crowd Saturday afternoon, No. 7 Texas flexed their muscle in the second half to get past the Frogs 65-43.
Going into the half, TCU had done a good stifling Texas and mucking up the game. The Frogs held the Longhorns to 33 percent shooting from the field and an abysmal 14 percent from behind the arc.
The Longhorns held a 23-20 lead at the break.
TCU was hanging tough in first half thanks the effort from their backbone, Agnes Emma-Nnopu. Emma-Nnopu had eight points and six rebounds in first half. She made two of TCU’s five made three’s in the first half.
“Proud of our team for competing and fighting, especially in the first half,” coach Mark Campbell said. “We were able to junk it up a bit and keep it close. Credit to Texas for coming out in the third quarter and really flexing their muscle.”
TCU drops to one and four since having to forfeit two games because of a lack of players due to injuries. Credit to the Frogs though. In every game since at the half, the Frogs have been within two possessions of their opposition.
That’s a credit to the culture that Campbell has instilled in a short time here at TCU. The locker room has remained a tight knit despite the recent lack of results on the court.
Guards Tara Manumaleuga and Una Jovanovic credit the injured players for continuing to support and encouraging them through this rough stretch.
Opposing coaches have taken notice too of the coaching job that Campbell has done this season.
In his postgame press conference, Texas coach Vic Schaefer raved about the job that Campbell has done.
“The coach [Mark Campbell] is really good,” Schaefer said. “If we voted today, he’s gotta be in the running for coach of the year in our league with what he’s doing here [at TCU].”
The Frogs now turn their attention quickly to West Virginia, who come to town on Tuesday. This will be the annual Play4Kay game.
Play4Kay is the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This game is played across all of women’s college basketball, and players and coaches will be wearing pink to show their support for the foundation, as well as raising funds. Tip-off is schedule for 6:30 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. The game will also be broadcasted on ESPN+.