TCU Drops Overtime Thriller to SMU, 72-68
Nov. 13, 2013
GARLAND, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit second-half deficit but ultimately fell to SMU in overtime by a score of 72-68 on Wednesday night at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.
Junior guard Donielle Breaux led the Horned Frogs (1-1) with a career-best 20 points off a 5-of-13 effort from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointer on nine attempts, and a perfect 6-of-6 performance from the free-throw line. The Missouri City, Texas, native also grabbed a career-high eight rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
Trailing by 11 points at the 16:43 mark of the second half, Breaux halted an 8-2 SMU run with her second 3-pointer of the contest and Medley followed with her first and second buckets of the game, including an old fashioned 3-point play, to trim the deficit to five points.
After a pair of free throws from Breaux, Medley found sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz for the layup to close the SMU lead to one and Breaux followed with another triple to give TCU its first lead since the first five minutes of the contest.
Medley connected on her first 3-pointer of the game to extend TCU's lead to seven before Breaux drained another trey at the 7:53 mark to give the Frogs their first double-digit advantage at 51-41.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress completed a 3-point play to cap a 33-10 TCU run, giving the Frogs a 57-45 lead with 6:27 remaining before SMU stormed back behind senior Keena Mays.
Mays had just nine points in the contest before connecting on a 3-pointer and a 3-point play in back-to-back possessions to cut the TCU lead to four with 4:45 remaining.
SMU's Korina Baker hit a 3-pointer to give the Mustangs a one-point advantage with 2:34 left to play, capping a 14-1 run, and Medley would split a pair of free throws with 1:40 remaining to tie the game en route to overtime.
Lovings scored the first point of the overtime period with a free throw before Mays converted another 3-pointer as SMU wouldn't relinquish the lead again.
TCU freshman Klara Bradshaw added nine points, including the Frogs' first six points of the contest, while Diaz notched a career-best six points.
The Frogs outscored the Mustangs by a 32-24 margin in the paint and won the rebound battle, 49-43, but turned the ball over 21 times compared to 13 SMU miscues.
TCU shot 39 percent (22-of-57) from the field while limiting the Mustangs to a 34-percent (25-of-74) shooting effort.
The Frogs return to action when they play host to Texas State at 7 p.m., on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.