TCU Comes Back to Win at Home
Dec. 11, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team trailed for most of the game, but made clutch plays late and came from behind to beat McNeese, 74-70, at Schollmaier Arena on Sunday.
TCU (6-3) was down by nine points early in the fourth quarter, but just two minutes later tied the game, and from there the game was a back-and-forth affair.
With the score tied, 70-70, and under a minute to go, Kianna Ray drove the baseline and scored the go-ahead layup with 37 seconds remaining. McNeese (4-4) then ran the clock down, but with two seconds on the shot clock, and nine on the game clock, AJ Alix blocked Caitlin Davis' potential go-ahead 3-pointer to seal the game.
Ray finished with a season-high 16 points, but Amy Okonkwo was the biggest contributor in the score column, especially in the second half. Okonkwo finished with 17 points, scoring 15 in the second half and nine in the fourth quarter.
Overall in the first half, McNeese hit 8-of-16 3-pointers, forced TCU into 13 turnovers, and after leading by as many as 12 points late in the second quarter, led by eight at halftime, 34-26.
TCU trailed by 11 points, 43-32, with 6:08 to go in the third quarter, but Okonkwo scored six straight points for the Frogs and sparked an 11-2 run that got the TCU within two, 44-42. Alix's third 3-pointer of the game capped the run as she finished with 10 points. The Cowgirls led by three, 51-48, after the third quarter.
The lead grew to nine, 57-48, in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but TCU rebounded quickly. It took the Frogs exactly two minutes to rattle off a 9-0 run and tie the game, 57-57 with 6:58 to go.
TCU finally took the lead on a 3-pointer from Ray with 4:07 remaining that made the score 65-62. It was the Frogs' first lead since early in the first quarter. From there the teams exchanged four more lead changes, the final coming on a Mikayla Christian 3-pointer that put TCU up, 70-68, with 1:52 remaining.
Davis then hit two free throws for McNeese to tie the score at 70-70, setting up Ray's deciding bucket just over a minute later. Alix's block in the waning seconds forced McNeese into a shot clock violation and was followed by two free throws from Toree Thompson to seal the game.
After shooting just 33 percent in the first half, TCU hit 52 percent (15-of-29) in the second half as it made the comeback. TCU hit a season-high 23-of-36 free throws while making 7-of-19 3-pointers.
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