Second Half Sinks TCU at No. 21 Texas A&M

Dec. 6, 2017

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team led at halftime, but a tough second half was the difference in a 71-58 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M at Reed Arena on Wednesday afternoon in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

TCU (6-2) played great defense in the first half and held a halftime lead, but shot just 10-of-32 in the second half as a big third quarter put Texas A&M (7-2) ahead for good.

Amy Okonkwo led the Frogs with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jordan Moore added 11 points and nine rebounds. The Aggies' post presence was also strong as Khaalia Hillsman scored 22, including 13 in the third quarter. Chennedy Carter added 23 points for Texas A&M.

Defining Moments
Much like its last game against Alabama, the third quarter was the difference again for TCU, but this time the Frogs were on the wrong side. TCU led by eight points at halftime after holding Texas A&M to 29 percent shooting in the first half, but got outscored in the third quarter 25-10 as Texas A&M built a 49-42 lead after 30 minutes.

The Frogs made just 4-of-15 shots in the quarter while Khaalia Hillsman scored 13 points for Texas A&M, including a three-point play on the final possession of the frame. That play capped a 9-2 run to end the quarter for Texas A&M after the scored was tied 40-40.

Overall in the second half, TCU shot 31 percent (10-of-32) while Texas A&M hit 50 percent (15-of-30). The Aggies scored 47 points in the second half after TCU held them to just 24 in the first half.

Rebounding was also a key in the turnaround as TCU held a 27-16 advantage on the board at halftime, but was outdone, 26-14, in the second half.

Quotes of the Game
"In the second half, especially in that third quarter, we just weren't our best. Our interior defense wasn't solid enough. I don't think we were able to great much tempo with our offense because of our defense. We just never really bounced back or calmed ourselves down enough to take what was still a really close game and jump over that hurdle." -- Raegan Pebley

Up Next
TCU closes nonconference play with a three straight home games, beginning on Sunday when Southeastern Louisiana visits Schollmaier Arena for a 2 p.m. contest.



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