TCU Falls Late to No. 7 West Virginia, 67-59

Zahna Medley

March 08, 2014

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  1 2 F
 TCU 31 28 59
 West Virginia 31 36 67

Quick Stats
 Points 59 67
 Rebounds 27 42
 Assists 4 10
 Blocks 7 4
 Steals 5 5
 FG Pct. 40.0% 41.4%

Stat Leaders
 TCU Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Zahna Medley 32 2 1 0
Latricia Lovings 4 7 0 7
  WVU Points Reb. Ast. Stls.
Asya Bussie 18 13 4 1
Taylor Palmer 11 2 0 0

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).

• TCU saw its three-game winning streak against Big 12 opponents come to an end. The streak was the longest for the Horned Frogs this season.
• TCU enters potential postseason play having doubled its overall win total from last season while quadrupling its Big 12 regular-season victories from a year ago.
• With a season-high 32 points, sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the 27th time this season, surpassed the 20-point threshold for the 12th time, and scored over 30 points for just the second in in her career.
• The 32 points are the most all-time by a Horned Frog in a conference tournament contest and ties for the sixth-most in a Big 12 Championship game.
• Medley moved into fourth spot all-time at TCU with 541 points this season, surpassing Helena Sverrisdottir's 518-point mark from the 2010-11 season.
• Medley drained a season-best six 3-pointers, falling one shy of her high mark against a Big 12 opponent. Medley connected on multiple treys in 12 of the last 13 games.
• Medley's six trifectas are also a TCU record for a conference tournament game and tie for fourth most in Big 12 Championship history.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings tallied seven blocks against the Mountaineers, matching her season high against a Big 12 opponent this season for the fourth time.
• Lovings' seven blocks tie for the second most in a Big 12 Championship contest, and match Courtney Paris (Oklahoma, 2008) for the most in a first round game.
• With 123 blocks this season, Lovings moved into third in TCU single-season history and has the fifth most in Big 12 history, with only Brittney Griner swatting more shots in a season.



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