Feb. 9, 2013
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore Natalie Ventress scored a game-high 23 points Saturday night, but a strong second half helped Texas Tech erase a one-point TCU halftime lead en route to a 64-46 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs, who led by as many as 11 during the middle stages of the first half, tried time and time again in the second frame of play to come back, pulling within 10 at the 5:17 mark, but each time the Lady Raiders responded with timely buckets and some key rebounds.
Ventress scored 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, marking the second-straight game in which the Fort Worth native has scored 20 or more points. She was coming off a 24-point outing at Oklahoma State Tuesday night. In all, Ventress has now posted five games of 20 or more points during the month of February in her career.
Texas Tech was carried on the night by Carsey Morris' 18 points, while Kelsi Baker added 15 points on 5-of-8 from the field. Chynna Brown and Christine Hyde closed out the Lady Raiders' double-digit scorers with 13 and 10 points apiece, respectively.
With the loss, TCU moved to 7-15 overall and 0-11 in Big 12 action, while Texas Tech improved to 18-6 overall and 8-4 in league play.
TTU opened the second half, draining a three on the opening possession, but Ventress continued her hot shooting to tie the game at 25-25. The Lady Raiders pushed the scoreboard to 39-25 off a 14-0 run until Ventress rattled home a jumper at the 11:32 mark of the second half.
TCU continued to battle, but Texas Tech moved its lead to 45-29 midway through the half before Zahna Medley connected on a runner. On the very next possession, Ashley Colbert went to work, pulling the Frogs within 12. A few plays later, Kamy Cole darted past her defender and sunk a jumper to make the scoreboard read 47-35.
Ventress made it a 49-39 ballgame with a little over five minutes to go, dropping her third three of the contest following a miss at the charity stripe. The sophomore continued to go to work with 2:06 remaining in the game, connecting on a tough three-point play, but the Frogs weren't able to pull any closer down the stretch.
The Purple and White got rolling early as Veja Hamilton ripped the nets during the opening stages of the contest. A few plays later, Ventress crossed over her defender and cashed in on a jumper to tie the game at 4-4 with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the first frame.
TCU jumped out to an 8-4 lead when Hamilton corralled a loose ball and found the bottom of the net at the 13:48 mark. Texas Tech responded with a three ball before Medley dished it down low to Latricia Lovings to give the Frogs an 11-7 lead with a little over 11 minutes remaining in the period.
The two teams would go back and fourth the next couple of trips before Ventress drained a step-back jumper to put the Frogs up 15-10. The sophomore continued her offensive production on the next couple of possessions, draining back-to-back trey balls, which pushed the Purple and White ahead 21-10 with 7:51 showing on the clock. In all, the Fort Worth native during the 10-3 run scored eight of the 10 points.
Texas Tech responded though with a 12-2 run to bring the halftime scoreboard to 23-22 in favor of the Frogs.
TCU will next be in action on Wednesday, Feb. 13 against Kansas. Tip-off is set 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.