TCU Women Dominate Second Half in Win

Nov. 15, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team turned up the pressure in the second half and ran away with an 81-37 win over Sam Houston State on Tuesday night at Schollmaier Arena.

TCU (2-0) led by six at halftime, but amped up the pressure on defense and opened the second half on a 23-0 run that put the game away. In all in the third quarter, TCU used nine steals to outscore Sam Houston State, 38-5.

The defensive effort was just as strong in the fourth quarter as TCU held the Bearkats to 1-of-18 shooting over the final 10 minutes. Overall in the game, the Frogs held Sam Houston State to 15.7 percent (8-of-51) shooting, marking the third best defensive effort in school history. That came just four nights after TCU posted the program's seventh-best effort in its season opener.

Toree Thompson led the Frogs with 14 points, with 12 coming in the first half to help TCU take the slim halftime lead. Amy Okonkwo posted her second straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes.

The Rundown
TCU held Sam Houston State to just 2-of-10 from the field in the first quarter, but the Bearkats made 10 trips to the free throw line, and the Frogs needed all 10 of Thompson's first-quarter points to take a slim lead. The lead was just six points at halftime, 28-22, but the second half was a complete opposite of the first.

Jada Butts opened the third quarter with five points in 30 seconds as TCU forced the Bearkats into turnovers on their first two possessions and never looked back. The Frogs forced 11 turnovers in the third quarter, held the Bearkats to 2-of-14 shooting, and hit 7-of-12 themselves to race ahead.

Amber Ramirez scored all nine of her points on three 3-pointers in the third quarter. She and AJ Alix moved the ball well as they tied for game-high honors with seven assists each. As a team, TCU posted 24 assists and just 10 turnovers.

The fourth quarter was much of the same as TCU held SHSU to 1-of-18 shooting, but the Bearkats hit 8-of-10 free throws to end suspense of TCU breaking a school second-half scoring defense record. In all in the second half, TCU outscored the Bearkats, 53-15, marking the fifth time in program history TCU has held a team under 15 points in the second half.

Kianna Ray and Jordan Moore joined Thompson and Okonkwo in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively. They each hit 5-of-6 from the floor and Moore posted a team-high three blocks.

The Frogs swatted away 11 shots as team, which along with all of the second half transition opportunities led to TCU outscoring SHSU in the paint, 46-4. The Frogs outpaced the Bearkats in fast break points, 31-0, and in points off turnovers, 35-4.

Okonkwo led the way with four steals while Ramirez added three.

Stat of the Game
8 -- TCU held Sam Houston State to just eight made field goals on the night on 51 attempts. The 15.7 shooting percentage was the third lowest percentage TCU has allowed in program history. In its two games so far this season, TCU has allowed 19-of-107 from the field for 17.8 percent.

Quote of the Game
Raegan Pebley on TCU's defense in third quarter -- "It allowed us to get more aggressive, we knew to have each other's backs a little more. Which meant we couldn't rest off the ball, and I always think once you start generating scoring off from your defense, it will make things easier and it forces a team to play up hill against you."

- TCU held Sam Houston State to 15.7 percent (8-of-51) shooting, the third lowest mark in program history.
- The Frogs held the Bearkats to 15 points in the second half, the fourth best mark in TCU's program history
- TCU started the third quarter on a 23-0 run, outscored Sam Houston 38-5 in the third quarter and 53-15 in the second half
- TCU outscored SHSU in fast break points, 31-0, and in points in the paint, 46-4
- Jordan Moore scored in double figures for the second straight game and for the 12th time in her career
- Toree Thompson scored in double figures for the 15th time in her career
- Kianna Ray became the first TCU freshman to score in double figures this season
- Amy Okonkwo posted her second double-double in as many games with the Frogs
- TCU won its 18th straight home game against an unranked opponent; the Frogs have won 38 of their last 39 home games against unranked teams
- TCU won its seventh straight home game overall, moved to 10-4 in Schollmaier Arena and 31-8 at home under Pebley
- TCU won its 14th straight game against Sam Houston State. The Frogs and Bearkats have met in each of the last nine seasons with TCU winning all nine meetings.
- TCU is now 34-5 when leading at halftime under Pebley
- TCU's starting lineup featured junior AJ Alix, junior Toree Thompson, freshman Kianna Ray, senior Jada Butts and sophomore Jordan Moore

Up Next
TCU will play the third game of its four-game homestand when SMU visits Schollmaier Arena on Sunday. Tipoff between the Frogs and Mustangs is set for 2 p.m. The meeting will be the 59th all-time between TCU and SMU, the most against any opponent in program history for TCU.

#reWINd: TCU Dominates Second Half, Moves to 2-0



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