TCU Edges K-State in Regular-Season Finale, 51-46
March 3, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The TCU women's basketball team grabbed a 51-46 road victory over Kansas State on Monday night in the regular-season finale at Bramlage Coliseum. The Horned Frogs improved to 17-13 overall and earned their eighth win in Big 12 play.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs with 18 points, highlighted by a 4-of-9 effort from 3-point range, while handing out five assists in 39 minutes of action.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince was huge down the stretch for the Frogs with 11 of her 13 points coming in the final 20 minutes, while fellow junior Natalie Ventress also scored in double figures with 10 points to go with six rebounds.
The Frogs trailed by a score of 30-26 at the half and both teams failed to score in the opening four minutes until senior center Latricia Lovings split a pair of free throws to snap the drought.
Medley put TCU back on top for the first time in nearly 14 minutes with a bucket from long range and the two teams would continue to go back-and-forth until Medley buried another triple at the 7:05 mark to put the Frogs ahead 44-42.
A minute later Medley threw a lob to Prince, who caught the ball in midair and converted the layup to give TCU a four-point advantage, but K-State would answer with a 3-point play to cut the lead to 46-45 with 3:58 remaining.
TCU went back up by three points with 2:47 left when Ventress grabbed an offensive board and quickly dished to Prince for the open layup.
The Wildcats would split a pair of free-throws with 1:02 remaining to push back within three, but TCU's defense would hold as Ventress put the contest away with two shots from the charity stripe with just 6.1 seconds left.
TCU held K-State without a field goal and just one point over the final 3:58 of the contest and limited the Wildcats to a 25-percent effort (7-of-28) from the field and just 16 points in the second half.
The Frogs shot 34 percent from the field and 43 percent (6-of-14) from 3-point range while going 15-of-22 from the free-throw line.
TCU enters the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 7 seed and will face 10th-seeded Texas Tech at 8:30 p.m., on Friday in Oklahoma City, Okla.