TCU Returns with a Win
Dec. 18, 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After a week off, the TCU women's basketball team was sluggish early, but dominated the middle quarters and pulled away for a 77-48 win over Texas Southern at Schollmaier Arena on Sunday afternoon.
TCU (7-3) committed eight turnovers in the first quarter alone, but had just three over the next 20 minutes and dominated inside to pull away. Sophomore center Jordan Moore finished one point shy of a career high as she scored all 15 of her points in the first half. Her frontcourt mate, sophomore Amy Okonkwo, added 11 points in the first half and finished the game with 13.
The Frogs moved the ball well as they posted 22 assists on their 27 made baskets. Defensively, TCU forced Texas Southern (5-4) into 23 turnovers and also held the Tigers under 30 percent shooting overall from the field.
TCU led, 17-7, after the first 10 minutes as it held the Tigers to 3-of-14 shooting. The game stayed close early in the second quarter as Okonkwo was the only Frog that could find the score sheet. She scored TCU's first eight points of the frame, but Texas Southern stayed close at 25-19 with 5:34 to go.
From there, Moore scored six straight points, then AJ Alix connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to spark an 18-2 run to close the half for TCU. The run spanned over five minutes and during it the Tigers had six turnovers.
The Frogs continued the strong defense in the third quarter as they held Texas Southern to just nine points on 3-of-15 shooting and led 61-30 after 30 minutes. All five of the Frogs' starters stayed on the bench during the fourth quarter as the TCU reserves closed out the game.
After scoring 15 points in the first half, Moore played just five minutes in the second half, finishing her night with the 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Okonkwo finished with 13 points, including 7-of-8 free throws, six rebounds and four assists.
Alix added nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from deep and also recorded a game-high six assists.
Stat of the Game
Quote of the Game
FOLLOW THE FROGS
M Basketball @TCUBasketball
W Basketball @TCUWbasketball
M Golf @TCUMensGolf
W Golf @TCUWomensGolf
Swimming & Diving @TCUswimdive
M Tennis @TCUMensTennis
W Tennis @TCUWomensTennis
Track & Field @TCUTrackField
Beach Volleyball @TCUBeachVB