Jan. 11, 2017
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WACO, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team faced a tough task on Wednesday night, but battled and hung tough in a 77-54 loss at No. 2 Baylor inside the Ferrell Center.
TCU (8-8, 0-5) matched Baylor's physicality and finished even with the Bears in rebounds, 48-48. That against a Baylor (16-1, 5-0) team that entered with an NCAA-best +26.9 rebounding margin and had outrebounded every team this season.
The Frogs' downfall was 18 turnovers and a season-low 27 percent shooting. On the other side, Baylor committed just six turnovers, shot 42 percent and used 13 blocks, which pushed TCU's shooting percentage down.
AJ Alix led TCU with 17 points and five assists while Jada Butts added 15 points. They each hit three 3-pointers as part of TCU's eight makes from deep. Amber Ramirez returned after missing the last seven games and connected on the other two 3-pointers as part of eight points off the bench. Lauren Cox led Baylor with 19 points off the bench on 8-of-9 shooting.
On the boards, Adeola Akomolafe led TCU with nine rebounds followed by seven board from Amy Okonkwo.
A 3-pointer from Alix got the Frogs within five points, 30-25, with 2:39 to go in the second quarter. From there, Baylor closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 13-point lead into the break, 40-27. During the run, the Bears made their final five shots of the half.
Stat of the Game
48 -- TCU and Baylor finished even in rebounding at 48-48. Baylor had outrebounded every other team this season and had a +26.9 rebounding margin, the best in the NCAA.
- TCU allowed Baylor to score 77 points, its second fewest this season behind only the 61 the Bears scored in their lone loss at UConn.
- Baylor entered the game leading the nation with a rebounding margin of +26.9, but TCU finished even with the Bears, 48-48, on the glass. Baylor was last outrebounded in an NCAA Elite Eight loss to Oregon State last season.
- TCU held Baylor under its NCAA-best scoring average of 94 points per game. The Frogs also scored over the Bears' 50 points per game they allow, which is third in the NCAA.
- TCU connected on eight 3-pointers and have now made at seven in all but two games this season.
- The Frogs trailed by 13 points, 40-27, at halftime. That is the closest any Big 12 team has been to Baylor after 20 minutes this season.
- TCU shot 26.6 percent (17-of-64) from the floor, its lowest percentage this season.
- TCU used the same starting lineup for the fourth straight game (AJ Alix, Jada Butts, Kianna Ray, Amy Okonkwo, Adeola Akomolafe). It is the seventh different starting lineup TCU has used this season.
- Freshman Amber Ramirez came off the bench in the first quarter. She missed the last seven games with an injury. Ramirez finished with eight points in 14 minutes.
- Ramirez hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter, giving her a made 3-pointer in all nine games she has played in her career.
- AJ Alix finished with 17 points, her 10th double-figure scoring game this season and the 32nd of her career. She hit three 3-pointers for the 11th time this season and 25th time in her career.
- Jada Butts finished with 15 points, her seventh double-figure scoring game this season and the 26th of her career. She tied a career-high with three 3-pointers, marking the fifth time in her career she has accomplished that feat.
After back-to-back road games against top-15 teams, the Frogs return home to host Iowa State on Sunday at 12 p.m. The Cyclones lost at home to No. 22 Oklahoma on Wednesday night, 67-57. The game will air on Fox Sports Southwest Plus in the DFW area and on Fox Sports Southwest in all other areas.