TCU Stifles Texas State, 63-50
Nov. 16, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - Zahna Medley led four Horned Frogs in double figures with a game-high 21 points as the TCU women's basketball team earned a hard-fought 63-50 victory over Texas State on Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Medley scored in double figures for the third time this season and 22nd of her career, going 4-of-9 from 3-point range while making a career-best nine free throws on 10 attempts in 35 minutes of action.
Senior center Latricia Lovings just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, going 4-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, while also swatting three shots in 34 minutes.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress also narrowly missed a double-double performance with 10 points and a career-best nine boards, while sophomore guard Veja Hamilton chipped in 10 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
On a night when the Horned Frogs struggled to find a rhythm offensively, the TCU defense limited Texas State to a 26-percent (17-of-65) shooting effort, including a 23-percent clip in the second half when the Bobcats mustered just 23 points in the final 20 minutes.
TCU got out to a slow start, connecting on just two of its first 15 shots before Lovings got the ball rolling with a post move to kick off a 15-3 run.
Ventress would follow with a jumper and drain a 3-pointer on the next possession to even the score at 18 points apiece.
Medley then made three-straight trips to the free-throw line, going a perfect 6-for-6 as TCU gained its first lead of the contest and pulled out to a 26-21 advantage with just over five minutes remaining.
With the contest knotted at 27-27 with 2:23 left, Medley struck with two trifectas to give TCU a 33-27 advantage at halftime.
The Horned Frogs' shooting woes returned for the early portion of the second half, keeping the TCU lead in single digits before Hamilton went coast-to-coast with a layup to push back out to a 10-point advantage at the 4:33 mark.
On the next possession, Hamilton drove again and was fouled, hitting both shots from the stripe as TCU extended its lead to 12 points and never looked back.
For the third-straight contest, TCU won the rebounding battle by a 52-44 margin, led by sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz, who notched a career high with 11 boards.
The Frogs shot just 28 percent (16-of-57) from the field but made the most of their opportunities at the free-throw line, going 24-of-30 (80 percent).
TCU returns to the hardwood at 7 p.m., on Monday night against Grambling State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
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