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TCU women’s basketball returns to play with four new players

After a tumultuous week that involved canceling games, the TCU women’s basketball team will be back on the court Tuesday with a revamped roster.

On Wednesday, the Horned Frogs announced they were canceling their ranked matchups against Kansas State and Iowa State because the team didn’t have enough players to compete. TCU began the season 14-0, but had been on a four-game losing streak as injuries began to pile up for the squad. As a result, the games against the Wildcats and Cyclones were canceled, and team tryouts were held to add players to the roster.

Now, four new players have joined the Horned Frogs roster, three of which were high school stars, and one player that is now a dual-sport athlete for the school.

TCU women’s basketball new players

TCU first made additions to the roster on Sunday when it announced sophomore volleyball player Sarah Sylvester was joining the team. Sylvester helped the Horned Frogs volleyball team reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2022 and 2023, and she had played basketball in high school in Michigan.

On Tuesday, TCU rounded up its new roster with the addition of three players from the open tryouts, all of which were major players in the high school ranks.

Piper Davis: Freshman guard who led Timberline High School in Idaho to a state championship in 2022, and compete in the state’s all-star game in 2023.Ella Hamlin: Freshman guard who scored more than 1,500 career points at Grandbury High School in Texas. She was named district offensive player of the year in 2022 and 2023.Mekhayia Moore: Sophomore guard Brownsboro High School in Texas to a state championship in 2022, as she was named state championship MVP.

What happened to TCU women’s basketball team?

After the news of the canceled games was released, TCU issued a statement acknowledging the forfeiture of the games, citing the reason for the cancellations was ‘a result of injuries within the TCU program and ensure the health and safety of the program’s student-athletes.’

In a TikTok video, senior center Sedona Prince explained she ‘shattered her ring finger’ against Baylor on Jan. 3, sidelining her for seven weeks. In the Jan. 13 matchup at Houston, starting guard Jaden Owens suffered a torn ACL and meniscus, ending her season and college career. The next day, center DaiJa Turner announced she underwent season-ending surgery on her left ankle.

Prince also said four other unnamed players couldn’t play because of injury, and another left the team to deal with family matters, resulting in only six players available to play before the new additions.

TCU will host UCF on Tuesday night in its return to the court.

This post appeared first on USA TODAY

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