Horned Frogs Derail Houston Sunday, 60-51

Natalie Ventress (24)

Natalie Ventress (24)

Dec. 2, 2012

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU went on an 11-2 run midway through the second half and never looked back Sunday, downing Houston at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 60-51. 

On a day where the Horned Frogs bench did majority of the damage, outscoring the Cougars, 20-9, the Purple and White used some timely rebounds and all-around hustle to defeat the fellow Texas school for a fifth-straight time. With the win, TCU snapped Houston's four-game winning streak and improved to 3-2 on the young season, while the Cougars dropped to 4-5.

Natalie Ventress led all scorers with 17 points, while grabbing a career-high nine boards. Freshman Veja Hamilton had a banner day and was the only other Frog in double-figures with a career-high 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. The Spring native also snagged five boards.

Porsche Landry who netted 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor led Houston for a most of Sunday's contest. Marche' Amerson was also in double-figures with 12 points. 

In all, TCU played with a type of tenacity all day, which helped them outrebound Houston, 48-44. The Frogs, who limited the Cougars to under 30 percent shooting for the game, trailed only once during the early stages of the contest, but a 16-0 run seemed to help spark the Purple and White and the Frogs never really let Houston back in the contest. Each time the Cougars would threaten, TCU answered the call.  

Houston would pull within five to open the second half, but Ashley Colbert would have nothing of it, scoring four-straight to push the Frog lead back to 38-29 four minutes into the period. The Cougars cut it to two at the 14:21 mark, but Delisa Gross stymied the attack, powering home a bucket inside the paint.

With the score 42-40 in favor of the Frogs, freshman Kamy Cole ripped the nets halfway through to make the scoreboard read 45-40 with a little over 11 minutes remaining.  On the very next possession, Hamilton continued her career day, knocking down a jumper over the outstretched arms of a Houston defender. 

TCU was in the midst of an 11-2 run when Ventress split two defenders and laid it off the glass to give the Frogs a 51-42 lead at the 8:16 mark of the second half. During that stretch, the sophomore scored six-consecutive points.

The Frogs led 53-43 at the 7-minute mark and Zahna Medley helped TCU continue to put the pressure on the Cougars, burying a three from the corner. Houston would cut it to 56-51, but that was as close as the Cougars would get.

Houston jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage, but TCU stormed back going on a 16-0 run. In all, Ventress did a majority of the damage during the stretch, connecting on seven of the Frogs' 16 points. By the time Whitney Williams drilled a triple at the 15:02 mark of the period, TCU was in business, now up 16-4. During that stretch, the Frogs turned up the heat on the defensive end, holding Houston without a bucket from the floor for almost seven minutes of play 

Meagan Henson got into the act a few moments later, drilling a three following a Lovings block on the other end. Cole would connect on a three of her own two plays later to give TCU a comfortable 22-8 advantage halfway through the opening frame.

Houston would cut it to 24-16, but Hamilton would end the mini-run for the Cougars, scoring off an assist from Williams with 6:47 left showing on the scoreboard. The duo would connect again a few moments later to power the TCU lead to 28-16 down the stretch.

Williams then proceeded to tickle the twine the next trip down the court, but the Cougars closed the period on a 9-3 run to bring the Purple and White lead to 34-25. 

TCU will resume action next Wednesday against UTSA. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.



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