TCU Advances to First Big 12 Semifinal
March 3, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY -- TCU women's basketball took a big halftime lead and held on for a 90-83 win over Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The fifth-seeded Frogs will now play in their first Big 12 semifinal on Sunday.
TCU (19-11) made nine first-half 3-pointers on its way to a 50-35 lead at the break. The Frogs then withstood a 15-1 Oklahoma (16-14) run in the third quarter that cut the lead down to one point before making clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to clinch the win.
Amy Okonkwo led the Frogs with 21 points, including TCU's final 14 points of the first quarter as the lead began to grow. Amber Ramirez added 19 points while Kianna Ray had 14 points, seven assists and three blocks. The two sophomore guards combined to make 17-of-18 free throws.
Oklahoma City native Dakota Vann added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, one of which shifted the momentum after Oklahoma's third-quarter run and kept TCU ahead for good.
TCU's 90 points were its most in any conference tournament game in program history as the Frogs will play in their first conference tournament semifinal since the 2011 Mountain West Tournament.
The second quarter allowed the Frogs to push a two-point lead to 15 at the break, 50-35, as TCU made 9-of-15 from deep in the first half. Two of those 3-pointers came from Vann.
Vann's third 3-pointer was the real key as it came late in the third quarter when the Frogs were on the ropes. TCU missed its first eight shots of the quarter and Oklahoma used an 18-5 run to cut the lead down to two points, 55-53, with 2:26 remaining. That is when Vann buried a corner 3-pointer, TCU's first field goal of the half, to push the lead back to five at 58-53.
A Maddie Manning 3-pointer cut the TCU lead down to four points, 71-67, with 4:42 remaining in the game, but the Frogs then held the Sooners scoreless for nearly three minutes to push the lead back to 10 points, 77-67, with 1:47 to go.
TCU would make 20-of-25 free throws in the fourth quarter, including 15-of-16 in the final two minutes, to hold on to the lead.
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