Here is everything you need to know about the Iowa State Cyclones and the TCU Horned Frogs in our Iowa State vs. TCU Big 12 women’s basketball preview.
1 p.m. Central Time, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas.
TV: Big 12/ESPN+
Records: Iowa State: 20-3 (9-2 in Big 12); TCU: 6-14 (2-9 in Big 12).
Ranking: Iowa State: No. 9 (Associated Press) TCU: Not ranked.
Last game: Iowa State: def. Oklahoma State, 76-58 (Feb. 5); TCU: lost to Oklahoma State, 76-47 (Feb. 9).
Previous meeting: Iowa State 78, TCU 47 (Jan. 8).
G/F Ashley Joens: The senior is on the watch list for about a half-dozen awards right now, including the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, which she won last year. She leads the Cyclones with 19.4 points per game. Joens has 2,106 career points, just 44 away from becoming ISU’s all-time leading scorer.
G Lexi Donarski: She is Iowa State’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.2 points per game. She’s made more 3-pointers than anyone on the team, and she’s third on the team in assists with 46. She doesn’t get to the free-throw line much, but when she does, she’s almost automatic, making 82.7 percent of her opportunities this season.
G Emily Ryan: ISU fans knows she’s one of the best point guards in the league (a team-leading 155 assists this season). But, her scoring has really come along the past few weeks, as her average has now gone up to 12.1 points per game and she’s making 38 percent of her 3-pointers.
G Lauren Heard: If you’re going to slow down TCU, it starts with slowing down Heard, who is the only Horned Frog averaging double figures. She pours in 15.3 points per game. Heard had a streak of nine straight games with at least 10 points before she scored only two points in 33 minutes against Oklahoma State. And she played 33 minutes. That feels like a one-off than a trend.
G/F Okako Adika: She is TCU’s best 3-point shooter, firing more than 38 percent from the arc. She also averages 9.4 points per game. She is also TCU’s best free-throw shooter by percentage. Against Oklahoma State she led the Horned Frogs with 14 points, with three 3-pointers, and pulled in another four rebounds.
C Kayla Mokwuah: She’s only started two games this season, but against Oklahoma State on Wednesday she provided the Horned Frogs a boost, with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. That’s a big lift when you consider that Mokwuah is averaging just 3.5 points per game this season.
The Cyclones are getting back from a one-week break and looking at a stretch drive in which they hope to claim the Big 12 regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. But there are still big games ahead for the Cyclones, who must still play Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas one more time. Of all of the things that you don’t want to do to Iowa State, it’s put them at the free-throw line. Each of Iowa State’s top five scorers shoot at least 78 percent from the line, with four of them shooting at least 82 percent from the line.
The Horned Frogs just haven’t been able to gather any momentum in Big 12 action. TCU has lost its last six games, and its only two wins are against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs are a long way away from their upset of then-ranked Texas A&M in December. The schedule ahead doesn’t get much easier for TCU. After Iowa State, the Horned Frogs have back-to-back games against Baylor, followed by Oklahoma and Texas.
In the first meeting, Tavy Diggs was the only Horned Frog in double figures with 17 points.
Iowa State 82, TCU 65. With a week off, I suspect that Iowa State may start a bit slow. But expect ISU to pick things up in the second half. I also think Lauren Heard is going to come back and have a big game in this one.
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