TCU Falls Late Sunday Afternoon at Texas Tech
Jan. 27, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas – Junior Latricia Lovings recorded the fourth-most blocks in a single-game in program history Sunday afternoon, but TCU dropped a 53-42 decision to Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena.
In a physical back and fourth game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated, the Horned Frogs cut the Lady Raider lead to seven with 5:14 remaining in the contest, but couldn’t complete the comeback despite forcing Texas Tech into 18 turnovers and 33.3 percent from the floor, which is a season-low in conference play.
TCU, who trailed 27-25 at the half after being up by five with two minutes to go in the opening frame, moved to 7-11 overall and 0-7 in league play, while the Lady Raiders improved to 16-4 and 6-2 in conference action. Texas Tech is receiving votes in the AP poll.
On the day, Lovings posted a new career-high nine blocks, while also tallying six points and seven boards. Her nine blocks tie Baylor’s Brittney Griner for the most in a single-game during conference play this season. It also ranks No. 4 all-time in program history, tying former Frog great Sandora Irvin who recorded nine blocks on Feb. 14, 2003 against Saint Louis.
Donielle Breaux and Zahna Medley led the Frogs on the offensive end of the court Sunday. Both scored nine points apiece, respectively. Sophomore Natalie Ventress followed with eight on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.
Texas Tech’s Chynna Brown carried the Red Raider attack with a game-high 23 points and 12 boards. No other Texas Tech player scored in double-figures Sunday afternoon.
Kamy Cole opened the second half for the Frogs finding the bottom of the net off an inbounds play, but the Lady Raiders answered with an 8-0 run to make the scoreboard read 38-27. Breaux ended the mini-run, connecting on a floater inside the paint at the 13:16 mark and then watched as sophomore Ashley Colbert went to work down low to pull the Frogs within seven on the very next possession.
Texas Tech came right back though and pushed its advantage to 42-32, but Cole found Breaux at the nine-minute mark for another triple to stall the Lady Raider attack. A couple of possessions later, Cole connected from the corner and TCU continued to battle, now down only 46-37 with a little over five minutes remaining in the contest.
The Frogs continued to chip away at the Texas Tech lead down the stretch, cutting it to 46-39 off a jumper by Lovings, but that was as close as the Purple and White would come.
The Frogs got rolling early as Medley found Lovings down low on the opening possession. The Lady Raiders responded with five-straight before Medley ripped the nets with a tough runner at the 17:07 mark of the opening frame.
Texas Tech would jump on top 10-4 before Veja Hamilton secured a loose ball and found the bottom of the net to pull TCU within four with a little over 15 minutes remaining. A few moments later, Breaux got into the act on both sides of the court. The sophomore swiped the rock on one end and then found a three midway through the first half to make the scoreboard read 12-9 in slight favor of Texas Tech.
TCU took a 14-12 lead off an 8-0 run, which was spearheaded by relentless defensive pressure and solid offensive ball movement. In all, the Frogs forced the Lady Raiders into a 0-for-10 showing from the field, while forcing several turnovers during the run. Ventress ignited the Frogs offensive attack during the stretch with five of the eight points, including a deep three on the right side of the court with 9:02 showing in the first half.
The two teams would go back and fourth until Medley tickled the twine from deep to make the scoreboard read 25-20 in favor of the Purple and White. Texas Tech closed the half scoring seven-straight to regain a slight lead at intermission.
TCU will close out the month of January at Oklahoma next Wednesday.
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