TCU Drops Overtime Thriller to SMU, 72-68

Donielle Breaux posted a career-best 20 points in Wednesday's loss

Nov. 13, 2013

Final Stats


  1 2 OT F
 TCU 22 37 9 68
 SMU 27 32 13 72
Quick Stats
 Points 68 72
 Field Goals 22 25
 3-Point Field Goals 5 8
 Free Throws 19 14
 Rebounds 49 43
 Fouls 18 23
 Assists 13 19
 Turnovers 21 13
 Blocks 7 3
 Steals 7 9

Stat Leaders
 Player - TCU Points Reb. Ast. Stl.
 Donielle Breaux 20 8 3 1
 Zahna Medley 14 5 7 3
 Latricia Lovings 7 13 0 5 blk
 Player - SMU Points Reb. Ast. Stl.
 Keena Mays 25 3 6 2
 Kiara Perry 12 8 2 2

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.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley also reached double figures with 14 points to go with seven assists, while senior center Latricia Lovings tallied seven points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in 39 minutes.

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.

• The Horned Frogs played their first overtime contest since March 12, 2011 against Utah.
• Junior guard Donielle Breaux posted a career-best 20 points, surpassing her previous high of 14 set against Georgia on Dec. 19, 2012. Breaux reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time in her career and second consecutive this season.
• Breaux also posted career highs in rebounds (eight), made 3-pointers (four) and made free throws (six).
• Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the second-straight game and the 21st time in her career.
• Medley connected on at least one 3-pointer for the 10th-straight game and the 31st time in 32 career games.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings grabbed 13 rebounds, marking her 12th game with double-digit boards and the 38th time in her career she's led the squad on the glass.
• Lovings also swatted five shots, marking her 11th-career game of five or more blocks.
• Sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz posted a career-best six points.



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