TCU rally falls short against No. 13 Texas A&M

Dec. 2, 2007

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FORT WORTH--Micaela Younger scored 12 of her career-high 21 points to help stake TCU to a two-point halftime lead, but the Lady Frogs were unable to hold back Texas A&M in the final 20 minutes of a 68-58 loss to the No. 13/12 Aggies Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The setback, which was only TCU's second in the last 19 games when leading at the half, dropped its season record to 3-4.

TCU held a two-point lead at the half, 28-26, but A&M surged into the lead with a 21-4 run over an eight-minute stretch midway through the final period. The Frogs were held to only one field goal during that time, while the Aggies sank three treys among their baskets.

The Frogs responded with a huge run of their own, outscoring A&M 14-2 in just over three and one-half minutes to claw back within three points by the 5:18 mark, but the Aggies eventually pulled away to earn the victory. A&M's Takia Starks scored six points in the game's final five minutes, while Patrice Reado added five, to help seal the outcome.

Younger put up what was by far the biggest performance of her career during the loss, as she notched her first career double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Her previous best totals entering Sunday were eight points and eight boards. She made 9-of-10 attempts from the field.

Moneka Knight and Lorie Butler-Rayford also scored in double-digits for the Frogs with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Knight's total was a season best, while Butler-Rayford fell just short of her first double-double of the year by gathering nine boards.

Texas A&M featured a trio of double-digit scorers, including Takia Starks, who registered a game-high 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting. A'Quonesia Franklin and Patrice Reado added 19 and 17 points, respectively, as the Aggies shot 40 percent from the field for the game. Starks led the squad with eight rebounds.

A&M opened the game with baskets on its first two possessions by Reado, but the Frogs responded to tie the game with a pair of foul shots from Helena Sverrisdottir and Younger's first basket. A back-and-forth game ensued until TCU managed to piece together a 15-6 run between the 13:02 and 5:22 marks.

Younger, who dominated the paint in the opening 20 minutes, led the way with 10 points during the stretch, including two putbacks off offensive boards. Her 10 points in the game's first 12:07 surpassed her previous best scoring high for a game, which she had accomplished twice. Younger hit each of her six field goal attempts in the first stanza.

The Aggies had a tough time scoring against TCU's zone defense in the first half. The Frogs recorded a 16-4 advantage in points in the paint during the first 20 minutes, although A&M did hit three of its nine 3-point attempts, including two by Starks from the right wing. The TCU bench, boosted by the strong effort from Younger, outscored the Aggies 17-4 in the opening half.

TCU returns to the court Thursday, Dec. 6, with a road contest with another former Southwest Conference rival--Rice. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Houston, Texas, and will be held at Houston Baptist's Sharp Gym due to current renovations at the Owls' Autry Court.



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