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GoFrogs: Morris, Heard lead Frogs Past UIW in Season-Opener

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    GoFrogs: Morris, Heard lead Frogs Past UIW in Season-Opener
    FORT WORTH – The TCU Horned Frogs (1-0) picked up a win to open the 2020-21 season, downing the Incarnate Word Cardinals (0-1) 84-59, Wednesday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena.

    Senior Lauren Heard picked up right where she left off last season, pouring in another 20-point effort with 22 points, but it was junior Yummy Morris making the most of her first career start as she torched the Cardinals with a career-high 26-points. Morris was 12-of-17 from the field overall and drained both of her free throw attempts on the day. She posted six rebounds and tallied a pair of steals. Heard notched her fourth-straight 20-point game dating back to last season. The Preseason All-Big 12 selection was 12-for-17 from the field, pulled down three boards and totaled team-highs with five assists and five steals.

    Eight different Horned Frogs were part of the team's 84 points – TCU's most points scored in a season-opener since an 88-40 win over Incarnate Word in 2016-17. TCU has now scored at least 80 points in a season-opener in four of seven seasons with head coach Raegan Pebley at the helm.

    TCU trailed 19-17 after the first quarter of play and found themselves leading by just three points, up 38-35 at the break. The Cardinals eventually notched things up early in the third quarter before a 6-0 run pushed TCU's lead to 46-40 at the 6:52 mark. Heard scored seven of her 22 points in the third quarter that saw the Horned Frogs ahead by as many as 15 points before taking a 61-47 lead into the fourth quarter. TCU's defense stifled the Cardinal offense in the final period of play and the Cardinals never came back within more than an 11-point deficit.

    • Morris scored 10 points more than her previous career-high – a 16-point effort at Middle Tennessee last season.
    • Morris doubled her previous career-high of six field goals made in a game, pouring in 12 buckets on Wednesday.
    • Heard scored 20+ points for a fourth straight game and for the 17th time in her career.
    • Heard has now scored 1,082 career points, just 20 points shy from moving into a tie for No. 18 all-time with Vernell Armstrong (1977-80), who scored 1,102 career points at TCU.
    • Heard dished out five assists and now has 196 career assists, just four shy from moving into the school's all-time top-10 list.
    • Eight of TCU's nine newcomers made their debut donning the Purple & White on Wednesday. Germond led all newcomers with nine points, while graduate transfer Aahliyah Jackson scored seven points on the afternoon. Freshman Adhel Tac notched the team's only blocked shot on the day.
    Tavy Diggs scored a career-high nine points, going 4-of-5 from the field. Her previous career-high was a six-point effort against Texas State last season.
    • Diggs also led the team with eight rebounds, which also marked a new career-high for the sophomore.
    • TCU had a pair of 20-points scorers in the same game for the first time since Heard (21) and Kianna Ray (22) notched 20+ points each at Texas A&M last season.

    TCU will be back in action this Saturday, Nov. 28, in post-Thanksgiving action against Central Arkansas. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. and will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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