TCU Falls Late to No. 7 West Virginia, 67-59
March 08, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Sophomore guard Zahna Medley poured on a season-best 32 points but the TCU women's basketball team came just short of an upset in a 67-59 loss to No. 7 West Virginia on Saturday evening in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Medley registered just her second-career 30-point game, going 8-of-17 from the field, including a season-best six 3-pointers, while posting a 10-of-12 effort from the free-throw line in 39 minutes.
The Horned Frogs (18-14) trailed by seven early on when Medley took over, pulling up for back-to-back 3-pointers to put TCU within one point at the 11:34 mark of the opening half.
With TCU trailing by five, the Springfield, Ill., native buried back-to-back trifectas again and added a pair of free-throws for her ninth-straight point as the Frogs pulled out to a 27-23 advantage with 4:37 remaining.
Sophomore guard Veja Hamilton drove to the bucket and converted a layup with 18 seconds left in the first half and senior center Latricia Lovings swatted one of her seven shots on the Mountaineers final attempt as the two teams went into the break in a 31-31 deadlock.
WVU (28-3) would build a four-point advantage five minutes into the second half when Medley heated up again, knocking down long-range buckets on two of the next three TCU possessions as the Frogs jumped out to a 43-39 lead with 12:47 remaining.
The Mountaineers answered with their first three 3-pointers of the game, along with a 3-point play, using a 17-4 run for a 56-47 advantage with 7:26 left to play.
The Frogs wouldn't back down, using three free throws along with a bucket in the paint from Lovings to cut the deficit to three with 2:39 remaining.
Lovings would be forced to leave the contest on the next defensive possession, and fellow senior guard Meagan Henson came off the bench and calmly sank two free-throws in Lovings' place to pull TCU within one at 57-56 with just 2:21 remaining.
West Virginia would answer after receiving a second-chance on a jumpball situation, as senior center Asya Bussie converted a layup with 1:40 left to play that TCU wouldn't recover from.
The Frogs were plagued by WVU's size, as the Mountaineers won the rebound battle by a 42-27 margin and posted 20 second-chance points to TCU's six.
TCU shot 40 percent (18-of-45) from the field and went 17-of-21 (81 percent) from the free-throw line, while West Virginia shot 41 percent (24-of-58).