TCU Rides Second-Half Surge Over Texas Tech, 75-59

March 7, 2014

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  1 2 F
 TCU 33 42 75
 Texas Tech 34 25 59

Quick Stats
TCU
TTU
 Points 75 59
 Rebounds 31 27
 Assists 17 13
 Blocks 1 1
 Steals 10 3
 FG Pct. 48.3% 49.0%

Stat Leaders
 TCU Points Reb. Ast. Stls.
Zahna Medley 18 5 4 0
Natalie Ventress 18 2 3 2
 Texas Tech Points Reb. Ast. Stls.
Amber Battle 23 3 2 1
Ivonne Cook Taylor 18 7 0 1

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The TCU women's basketball team broke open a one-point contest with an 18-2 run en route to a 75-59 victory over Texas Tech in the opening round of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Friday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Horned Frogs claimed its third-straight win over a Big 12 opponent, the longest such streak this season, to improve to 18-13 overall and earn their first-ever trip to the Championship quarterfinals.

Four Frogs scored in double figures for the first time against a league opponent, led by 18 points from both sophomore guard Zahna Medley and junior guard Natalie Ventress. Medley was 6-of-16 from the field and handed out four assists, while Ventress was 6-of-10 from the field and teamed up with Medley to go a combined 10-of-10 from the charity stripe.

Senior center Latricia Lovings was nearly perfect, going 7-of-8 from the field for a season-high 14 points while also snagging four steals.

Junior forward Chelsea Prince scored in double figures for the eighth time in the last 10 games with 14 points off a 5-of-11 effort from the field and 3-of-4 mark from the free-throw line.

TCU went into halftime trailing the Tech by a score of 34-33, as the Red Raiders shot 54 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.

With the Frogs clinging to a one-point advantage at the 11:36 mark of the second half, freshman center Klara Bradshaw grabbed an offensive rebound over a defender and converted the putback.

Medley then found Lovings as she rolled off a screen for the easy layup and Prince would follow with an offensive board and putback to put TCU up seven with 10:10 left to play.

Medley gave TCU its first double-digit advantage of the game with her second 3-pointer of the night and the Frogs would add three free-throws to push out to a 63-48 lead off a 14-0 run with 7:22 remaining,

Tech finally got back on the scoreboard on a layup from Amber Battle to snap its nearly seven-minute scoring drought, but Medley would answer with a layup and Ventress followed with a pair of free-throws to extend TCU's 18-2 run for a 67-50 advantage.

TCU shot a blazing 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field in the second half while handing out 17 assists against only eight turnovers.

The Frogs will meet No. 2 seed and seventh-ranked West Virginia in the quarterfinal round at 6 p.m., on Saturday on FOX Sports Net.

NOTES
• The Horned Frogs claimed its first-ever win in the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship.
• TCU claimed all three victories against the Red Raiders this season after entering the year with just one victory in the all-time series, which took place in 2008.
• TCU won its third-straight contest against a Big 12 opponent, its longest such streak of the season.
• Four Horned Frogs scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 28 and only the fourth time this season.
• With 18 points, sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the 26th time this season. Medley became just the sixth Horned Frog in program history to surpass 500 points for a single season. With two 3-pointers, Medley connected on multiple treys for the 11th time in the last 12 games.
• Junior forward Chelsea Prince scored in double figures for the eighth time in the last 10 contests and the 12th time overall with 14 points.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings posted a season-best 14 points, marking her sixth double-figure scoring game of the season and the first since Jan. 19. TCU improved to 6-0 this season when Lovings reached double figures.
• Lovings saw her school-record streak of consecutive games with a block end at 69 contests.
• Junior guard Natalie Ventress tallied 18 points in the win, marking her 18th double-digit scoring performance of the season. Ventress has scored at least eight points in 22 of the last 23 games.

 

 


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