Dec. 8, 2012
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - TCU fought hard during the second half Saturday, but couldn't overcome its slow start, falling to Texas A&M at Reed Arena, 68-47.
On the day, the young Horned Frogs missed on several makeable chances early in the contest, but settled down in the second half, as both their offense and defense seemed to disrupt the Aggies during stretches of play. Texas A&M is receiving votes in both national polls and are only two years removed from winning an NCAA Championship.
TCU, who saw its three-game winning streak snapped Saturday, continuously chipped away at the Texas A&M lead in the second frame of play. In the end, the Frogs, now 4-3 on the year, couldn't make enough plays, despite shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe for the game.
Freshman Zahna Medley led the way for the Horned Frogs Saturday, scoring 14 points, while fellow newcomer Kamy Cole followed with 10. Veja Hamilton, who recorded her fourth-straight start Saturday, helped the Frogs record 38 boards despite being out-sized, grabbing a new career-high 10 rebounds. Finally, junior Latricia Lovings just missed posting her first career double-double with eight points and nine boards.
All-America candidate Kelsey Bone carried the Aggies. Bone, who started the game going 6-of-8 from the field, scored a career-high 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting. No other Aggie was in double-figures as the next closest was Kristi Bellock who netted seven points on 3-of-6 shooting.
TCU came out of intermission on the attack, forcing Tori Scott into a turnover on the very first possession. The Purple and White's pressure defense appeared to spark the Frogs as Ventress connected on two-straight free throws a minute into the half. It was short lived though as Texas A&M would score four-consecutive before Lovings connected following a miss to make the score 37-17.
With the score 40-17, Medley and the Frogs continued to battle as the freshman tickled the twine from deep at the 18:56 mark. On the very next possession, Cole found Lovings down low after weaving her way through traffic.
A few moments later, Cole would dial it up from deep and the Frogs continued to show fight and tenacity despite the score in the second half. On the very next possession, the freshman duo of Cole and Medley found each other as Medley buried a trey of her own at the 13-minute mark of the period. During the stretch, Cole had a hand in all eight of the Frogs points, scoring five points, while dishing out an assist.
Halfway through the second half, Medley stepped to the line and hit two-straight free throws to inch the Frogs closer. The Illinois native pulled the Frogs within 22 a few moments later, driving the lane and nailing a jumper at the 10:44 mark of the second half to make it 56-34.
The Purple and White would cut it to 20 at the 8-minute mark when Cole connected on a beautiful reverse layup. On the very next possession, TCU continued to dent into the Aggie lead as Hamilton found Lovings to bring the scoreboard to 56-38. During the stretch, TCU forced the Aggies into two-straight turnovers and several bad shots to chip away at the lead.
Just like they did all day though, Texas A&M would respond with another spurt until Hamilton went to work, drilling a jumper down the stretch. Ventress would connect on a tough three-point play a few plays later and the Frogs continued to show life.
Texas A&M jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the contest as Bone showed why she is considered an All-America candidate, scoring 11 of the Aggies first 21 points. The young and pesky Frogs continued to battle though as TCU forced Texas A&M into two-straight turnovers on the offensive end midway through the first half, but couldn't turn them into points despite having several solid chances.
The Horned Frog got on the board with a little over 8 minutes remaining in the opening frame when senior Whitney Williams drove and found Hamilton in the corner for the bucket to make the score 21-3. TCU would score on the very next possession off a three from Medley and the Frogs appeared to have something cooking at the 7:34 mark of the first half.
Ventress then quieted the crowd with 4:21 showing on the scoreboard, draining a deep three from the top of the key to make it 25-9. TCU continued to try and find its offensive groove down the stretch as junior Meagan Henson found Lovings down low whom promptly powered home a layup over Bone with 3:03 showing on the clock.
The Frogs ended the first half on a high note as senior Delisa Gross was able to connect on a rolling jumper to bring the halftime score to 33-13 in favor of Texas A&M.
TCU will next be in action Sunday, Dec. 16 against Sam Houston State. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.