Texas forward Jatarie White (40) sits the pick against TCU guard Kianna Ray (25) as guard Danni Williams (3) prepares to take a shot during an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Big 12 tournament preview: Texas vs. TCU

Posted March 8th, 2019


No. 21 Texas vs. TCU

Big 12 tournament, first round — 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Chesapeake Arena, Oklahoma City, FSN, 105.3

Records: Texas 22-8, TCU 20-9

The series: Texas leads 43-3. The Longhorns swept both games this year, including a 62-48 victory Tuesday in Fort Worth.


Texas’ starting lineup

Joyner Holmes (F, 6-3, Jr.) — 11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg

Jatarie White (C, 6-4, Sr.) — 9.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Destiny Littleton (G, 5-9, So.) — 8.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg

Sug Sutton (G, 5-8, Jr.) — 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg

Danni Williams (G, 5-10, Grad) — 10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg

About the Longhorns: Texas is 27-21 all-time in the Big 12 tournament. … The Longhorns reached the 20-win milestone for the 36th time in the 45-year history of the program. They have won at least 22 games for the sixth consecutive season, a span in which Texas is averaging 25.3 wins per season. … Sutton, who has played in 98 career games, ranks 21st nationally in total assists with 160. She’s also 28th in the nation in assists per game at 5.3. … If Texas wins, it will play at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday against the winner of Saturday’s game between Iowa State and the winner of Friday night’s Oklahoma State/Kansas matchup.

TCU’s starting lineup

Adeola Akomolafe (F, 6-1, Jr.) — 3.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg

Jordan Moore (C, 6-3, Sr.) — 16.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Lauren Heard (G, 5-9, So.) — 9.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg

Amy Okonkwo (G, 6-0, Fr.) — 13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Kianna Ray (G, 6-1, Jr.) — 10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg

About the Horned Frogs: For the sixth time in the past eight seasons, TCU will open the tournament with the same opponent that it played to conclude the regular season. The Horned Frogs are 0-5 in those rematches. … Moore, a Stony Point graduate, is the only player in the Big 12 to rank among the top five in the league in scoring (5th, 16.7), rebounding (5th, 8.3), field-goal percentage (2nd, .601) and blocks (2nd, 2.4). … TCU has recorded 13 20-win seasons in its history and this is its first back-to-back years with 20 wins since 2010/2011. TCU won 23 games last year. … Two of TCU’s three victories against Texas have come under coach Raegan Pebley, who’s in her fifth season with the Frogs.

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