By Ray Cartwright
Frogs Today Staff Writer
FORT WORTH – TCU needed that.
The Horned Frogs snapped a two-game losing streak Tuesday afternoon with a 60-33 win over Incarnate Word.
Lucy Ibeh scored a game-high 17 points to lead three Frogs in double figures, and added nine rebounds at TCU evened its record at 3-3.
TCU was coming off a five-day break, and the time off proved beneficial.
“Happy for the team,” coach Raegan Pebley said. “Saw a lot of carry over from the practices. We spent a lot of time working on details on both ends of the floor.”
Tomi Taiwo added 12 points and Tara Manumaleuga had 10 as TCU was shot 46 percent. The Frogs shot only 32 percent in their previous game, a 60-54 home loss to Sam Houston. TCU also scored 32 points in the paint against primarily a zone defense, and made Pebley happy that they could attack a zone by slashing to the rim.
“It can be a really challenging offense to play against,” Pebley said. “They were a NCAA Tournament team a year ago. We wanted to play against that system to prepare us for league play, and really happy to see the attention to detail, though the communication could be better. Something to improve on going forward.”
TCU was much better defensively, holding Incarnate Word to its lowest scoring total of the season. TCU changed up its starting lineup, rewarding Ibeh and Roxanne Makolo for their hard work in practice. Ibeh immediately responded scoring seven of her 17 points in the first quarter.
“It was mostly listening to the game plan,” Ibeh said. “We were moving the ball. Someone will be open. Someone can drive because the ball is moving. The more the ball moves, something will be open, and I think that’s what made it open for me because my teammates were moving the ball.”
A focus for TCU was getting off to a hot start and having better shot selection early, and that was on display as the Frogs shot 54 percent from the field and 43 percent on 3-pointers.
“The ball moved,” Pebley said. “We moved the ball better. We had a lot of possessions early where four or five people touched the ball.”