TCU Drops Physical Battle to Texas A&M

Dec. 8, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team dropped its first home contest of the season on Thursday, falling to Texas A&M, 75-67, in a very physical game at Schollmaier Arena.

TCU (5-3) got a season-high 19 points from Jada Butts on 7-of-10 shooting while three Frogs scored in double figures. Danni Williams led Texas A&M (6-2) with 19 points of her own on 5-of-15 shooting.

The Frogs led by three points after the first quarter, but shot under 30 percent in the second as Texas A&M built a 38-30 halftime lead. The Aggies built the lead up to 12 points early in the third quarter, but the Frogs fought back in spurts and had life late in the game.

Butts hit a 3-pointer with 3:06 to go that got the Frogs within five, 66-61, but from there Texas A&M went 8-of-9 at the free throw line to put the game away.

It was physical throughout, but especially in the fourth quarter with 18 combined fouls as Texas A&M went 13-of-16 at the line and TCU was 6-of-9 in the final frame.

TCU's Jordan Moore came off the bench for the first time this season and tied her career-high with 16 points. Amy Okonkwo replaced her in the lineup and added 11 points while Amber Ramirez scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep.

TCU, which came into the game leading the NCAA at 44.0 percent from deep, hit 35.0 percent (7-of-20) on Thursday night. The Frogs also shot 10 less free throws than the Aggies.

Texas A&M outrebounded TCU, 47-35, including 14 boards from Khaalia Hillsman and 11 boards from Anriel Howard. Hillsman also added 17 points but had seven of Texas A&M's 15 turnovers.

Stat of the Game
40 -- Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field on the night in a physical defensive battle. TCU came in shooting over 47 percent on the season and made 24-of-66 for 36 percent. Texas A&M came in at 44 percent but hit 23-of-60 for 38 percent.

Quote of the Game
Raegan Pebley "Texas A&M played a real gritty and physical game. I think that's the best that I've seen them play in this early non-conference schedule. We're getting a lot of teams' best, and hopefully that means that people are seeing some things about us."

- Jada Butts finished with 19 points, a season-high, and her third straight game in double-figures. She has scored in double figures five times this season and 24 times in her career.
- Amber Ramirez hit a 3-pointer on TCU's first possession of the game, extending her streak to eight straight games (every game of her career) with a made 3-pointer. Ramirez finished with 12 points, her second double-figure scoring game of the season.
- Amy Okonkwo made her first start as a Frog and scored 11 points, her fourth double-figure scoring game of the season.
- Jordan Moore came off the bench for the first time this season and tied a career-high with 16 points, including 4-of-6 from the foul line. It was her fourth double-figure scoring game of the season, with the other three coming in the season's first three games.
- AJ Alix saw her streak of consecutive double-figure scoring games snapped at five straight.
- TCU last beat an SEC team exactly one decade ago when the Frogs beat Florida, 83-72, at home on Dec. 8, 2006.
- TCU's streak of 10 consecutive home victories overall, and 21 straight home victories against unranked games, came to an end.
- TCU's starting lineup featured junior AJ Alix, freshman Amber Ramirez, senior Jada Butts, freshman Kianna Ray and sophomore Amy Okonkwo.

Up Next
TCU has a quick turnaround as it hosts McNeese at Schollmaier Arena on Sunday at 2 p.m. That game will be the second in a string of five straight at home for the Frogs.



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