TCU Wins Fourth Straight


Jan. 20, 2018



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FORT WORTH, Texas -- After one of the biggest weeks in program history, TCU women's basketball backed it up with a 76-66 win over Kansas at Schollmaier Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Frogs have now won four straight Big 12 games for the first time since they joined the league in 2012-13.

TCU (13-5, 4-3) got 43 combined points from its post players as Amy Okonkwo led the way with 24 and Jordan Moore added 19. It was Okonkwo's 11th consecutive game in double figures and Moore's seventh straight. Amber Ramirez added 14 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Frogs.

The Frogs trailed early after a slow start offensively, but after building a lead in the second quarter never trailed again. TCU led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons led Kansas (11-8, 2-6) with 17 points each.

Defining Moments
The Frogs started the game just 2-of-9 and had to dig out of a hole early. The game was tied at the end of first quarter and Kansas led by three, 21-18, early in the second when TCU made its big run.

The Frogs used a 16-2 run to go up, 34-23, with 4:28 remaining. During that span TCU forced the Jayhawks into seven turnovers and at one point rattled off 10 straight points while holding KU scoreless for over three minutes.

The TCU lead would grow to as many 13 points early in the fourth quarter, but Kansas never gave in. The Jayhawks got within seven, 60-53, with 6:47 to go and within six, 67-61, with 1:03 remaining. Despite shooting just 3-of-13 in the quarter, TCU would hold on, thanks largely to a 12-of-14 quarter at the free throw line. TCU hit 19-of-22 free throws overall in the game.

Stat of the Game
.500 -- TCU is over .500 in Big 12 play through seven games for the second time in its history in the league. The Frogs were also 4-3 in 2014-15 when they finished at 9-9 and in third place in the league.

Quote of the Game
"This win is an accumulation of a lot of work. We have so much respect for Kansas. We knew how hard we had to prepare, and this win came down to the preparation and then producing as a result of that preparation. I felt like our team was really locked in to each other on the defensive end and on the offensive end today." - Raegan Pebley

Up Next
TCU travels to take on Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday. The Frogs and Wildcats enter this weekend as two of five teams that are all within one game of each other from third to seventh in the Big 12 standings.

 

 

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