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Heading into the 2010 season, the Frogs are fielding an experienced team. Led by three returners who received All-Mountain West Conference honors as underclassmen8212;Helena Sverrisdottir, TK LaFleur and Emily Carter8212;TCU will prove to be a serious threat in conference play this season.

TCU finished in third place in the MWC in the 2008-2009 season with a 12-4 record, only one game behind league champions Utah and San Diego State.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said the 2008-2009 season helped establish TCU within the MWC.

“We showed last year that we could take care of the basketball fairly well,” he said. “We shot the ball well overall as a group, so I think we have the ability to continue to do that also.”

TCU also features an exceptionally strong freshmen class that Mittie said could potentially make an impact, even this season.

“I’ve been pleased with the basketball IQ of our freshmen,” said Mittie. “I would say out of the 11 years that I’ve been here, that characteristic from this group would rank right up there at top with any of our previous classes. They are all very competitive, and they have been able to pick things up very quickly, so we’ll see. The early indications are that this group is going to help us.”

Freshman Hannah Christian started all four years for Aledo, a Texas 4A school, and

totaled 2,537 career points. Overseas import Ida Tryggedsson is a member of the Danish National Team.

TCU ranked in the top 13 nationally in four categories last season: free-throw percentage (77.9 percent; No. 9), fewest turnovers (13.7 per game; No. 12), 3-point field-goal percentage (36.7 percent; No. 13) and 3-point field-goal percentage defense (27.8 percent; No. 13). TCU also leads the MWC in scoring offense.

Kelsey Price