Nov. 14, 2012
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FORT WORTH, Texas - In a back and fourth game that was closer than the final score indicated, a young and pesky TCU squad had three players score in double-figures Wednesday, but ultimately dropped an 82-68 setback to Charlotte at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs, who moved to 0-1 on the year, were led on the night by freshman Kamy Cole. The Brock native scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three. By doing so, Cole became the first freshman to lead TCU in scoring in a season-opener since Ashley Davis scored 14 against Texas State in 2003-04. Not to be outdone, fellow freshman Zahna Medley scored 12 points, while sophomore Natalie Ventress posted 10 points and six boards in her first outing of the season. On the defensive end, Latricia Lovings tied a career-high with six blocks, while also grabbing nine boards, including six on the offensive glass.
For the game, TCU, who connected on nine three's Wednesday, held a huge advantage in points off the bench, outscoring Charlotte, 30-15. The Frogs relentless pressure all night forced the veteran 49ers into 18 turnovers. In all, the game was fueled by runs as the Frogs continued to battle all night long, going on continuous long spurts throughout the contest, but each time UNCC would bounce back and answer.
Charlotte, now 2-0 on the season, was led by Amanda Dowe who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Jennifer Hailey chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards, while three other players scored in double-figures.
Medley begun the second half just like she did the first, scoring, but this time on a nifty tear dropper to make the score 45-40. TCU who opened the half on a 7-0 run, which included a deep trey ball by senior Whitney Williams, tied the game at 45-45 when Ventress cut into the lane at the 17:58 mark.
Charlotte would regain the lead, but it was short lived as Delisa Gross got into the act, dialing one up from deep to tie it at 48-48 a few plays later. The 49ers would push the score to 54-48, but Cole continued her three-point barrage with a little over 14 minutes to go in the second frame. The freshman would score the next eight points, including two triples, to pull TCU within one at 57-56.
A 15-2 run halfway through the second frame made the score 72-58 in favor of Charlotte, but the pesky young Frogs continued to battle scoring four-straight, which was spurred by their tenacity on defense. Freshman Veja Hamilton scored off a steal and TCU was able to cut the lead to 74-62 with a little over 6 minutes to go in the season-opener.
With Charlotte clinging to a 78-63 advantage down the stretch, Ventress and Chelsea Prince tried to rally the Purple and White, pulling them within 11 at 78-67 down the stretch, but that was as close as the Frogs would come, falling 82-68 Wednesday night.
Following solid defensive pressure during the opening stages of the first half, Medley went coast to coast for the early bucket to give TCU a 2-0 lead, but Charlotte answered right back with a trey to take a 3-2 advantage. Lovings' tear dropper off the glass at the 17-minute mark tied the ballgame at 6-6 before Medley dialed one of her three first half treys with a little 16 minutes to go in the opening frame.
The two teams would battle back and fourth until Medley found Cole who nailed it from behind the arc to give the Frogs a 14-11 lead at the 14:25 mark of the first half. A mini 7-2 run by Charlotte made the score 18-16 midway through the opening frame, but the Frogs chipped away at it with relentless defensive pressure, forcing two-straight turnovers on the defensive end.
With the score 25-16 in favor of the 49ers, Cole got defensive, swiping Hillary Sigmon and knifing into the lane to cut into the short deficit. The freshman would then connect on a trey on the very next possession and the Frogs appeared to be in business, now down 27-21 with a little over 6 minutes remaining in the first half.
Charlotte would push the score to 32-22 with 5:58 showing on the scoreboard, but the Frogs continued to battle as Ventress found Medley for a triple to bring TCU within seven down the stretch. A few plays later, Ventress would connect on four-straight points, including a floater over the outstretched arms of a 49er to bring the score to 34-29 at the 3:19 mark of the first period.
Beautiful defense helped the Frogs cut the lead to 34-31 down the stretch, but Charlotte answered right back before Cole dialed up a jumper to pull TCU back within three. By the time, senior Whitney Williams tickled the twine from deep, the Frogs were rolling on a 14-4 run, tying the score at 36-36, but UNCC was able to bounce back to make the halftime score read 45-38.
TCU will return to action Friday night against UCF. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from the DMC.