TCU bests BYU for the 2nd time this season

The Horned Frogs snapped a 25-game road losing streak with their win in Cincinnati on Saturday and they weren’t about to fall back into old ways on Wednesday night in Provo.

They beat the Cougars 68-58, moving to 2-0 against BYU this season. The first meeting on December 30th was another 9+ point defeat.

“No moral victories here for sure. This was one that we dropped and we should not have.” Coach Whiting said postgame.

TCU came away with this one thanks to a barrage of TCU three pointers and a breakout game from sophomore Aaliyah Roberson who posted her 4th double-double of the season (23 points & 13 rebounds).

Alongside her was Agnes Emma-Nnopu who finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both of these players nearly played the entire game with Roberson logging 38 minutes and Emma-Nnopu 40 minutes.

This is due to the fact that TCU’s star center Sedona Prince has been out with a broken finger since early January.

“These are two kids that are playing out of position. Aaliyah’s not a center and Agnes isn’t a post player, (but) that’s all we got.” TCU Head Coach Mark Campbell said postgame.

He continued, “Tonight they were elite. They were special tonight…(I’m) beyond proud of those two kids.”

Coming into this game, BYU and TCU were the top two 3 point shooting teams in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs ultimately won that battle making 14 of their 29 attempted while the Cougars only made 6 of 21 from downtown.

This is now the fourth time this year TCU has canned 14 threes.

“(It’s) something we gotta do til we get Prince back.” Coach Campbell commented postgame.

Yet again, Lauren Gustin had a double-double, but wasn’t quite able to match her Herculean performance against the Jayhawks on Saturday where she had a career-high 33 points.

Wednesday night she finished with 13 points and 16 rebounds on 6-15 FG shooting. Notably, the last time these two teams faced off, the Frogs shut down Gustin that game too where she finished with a season-low 10 points.

“You gotta try to slow her down. You can’t stop the kid, but if you can kinda slow her down, then you get to stay home on their shooters.” Coach Campbell said.

And unfortunately it wasn’t a great night for BYU’s shooters. The star freshman duo of Amari Whiting and Kailey Woolston shot a combined 5-19 from the field and 1-9 from long range.

Three games remain for the Cougars with the next one being on the road against Iowa State (9-6 in Big 12) on Saturday February 24th.

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