TCU Women Dominate Second Half in Win
Nov. 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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