Women’s, men’s basketball dominate in first Australian matches
The TCU women’s and men’s basketball team won the first game of each’s Australian tour Tuesday night. The women cruised past the Hornsby Spiders, 80-46, while the men doubled the score of the Savannah Pride 108-54.
The Horned Frogs and Spiders squared off in front of a capacity crowd inside Kevin Betts Stadium, approximately 30 miles west of Sydney.
TCU took control on the strength of a 27-point second quarter, including a 16-2 run to close the period, which gave them a 24-point cushion, 46-22, at halftime. TCU’s defense swarmed the Spiders, limiting Hornsby to 25 percent (14-of-57) shooting, including 2-of-21 from deep.
Junior forward Amy Okonkwo led the team in scoring with a game-high 15 points. Two other Horned Frogs hit double-digits in scoring as senior guard Toree Thompson added 11, while junior forward Dakota Vann added in 10. Junior center Jordan Moore grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots to go along with six points. All 13 TCU players scored in the contest.
The Horned Frogs will continue sightseeing the Sydney area on Wednesday before returning to the court on Thursday night. TCU will take on the Australian Institute of Sport’s Centre of Excellence at 6 p.m. AES/3 a.m. CST at the Minto Indoor Sport Centre.
The Horned Frogs picked up right where they left off last season in Australia, doubling the score of the Savannah Pride 108-54 in Mount Druitt, similar to their blowout victory in the NIT championship game.
Senior guard Kenrich Williams, who finished as last season’s Big 12 leader in double-doubles, had another one against the Pride and finished three assists away from a triple-double, totaling 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
TCU out-rebounded Savannah 49-32, had 31 assists, and took better care of the basketball, turning it over only eight times while the Pride lost the ball 24 times.
The Horned Frogs pulled away from the Pride early leading 57-25 by the half. Read More