TCU Falls Late to #9 West Virginia
Dec. 28, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's basketball team opened Big 12 play with a tough loss to No. 9 West Virginia, 87-82, at Schollmaier Arena on Thursday night.
TCU (9-3, 0-1) led for most of the third quarter and by five points early in the fourth quarter, but West Virginia (13-0, 1-0) scored 34 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the floor in the fourth to pull away and remain the Big 12's only unbeaten team.
Amber Ramirez led the Frogs with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Amy Okonkwo added 17 points off the bench with a team-high eight rebounds. Jordan Moore scored 15 points with four blocks and Kianna Ray added 11 points and five assists for the Frogs.
Naomi Davenport led West Virginia with 32 points while Teana Muldrow added 20 points and 17 rebounds. Katrina Pardee had 17 points, with 15 coming in the fourth quarter to spark the Mountaineers.
Pardee made all three of her 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, and each was critical. The first gave WVU a five-point lead, 67-62, with 6:17 remaining. The second was just over a minute later and pushed the lead to six. Pardee's final deep ball came with 3:11 remaining and gave WVU an 11-point lead, it's biggest of the game, 78-67.
In all in the fourth quarter, West Virginia scored 34 points on 10-of-13 shooting overall, 3-of-5 from long range and 11-of-19 from the free throw line.
Until the fourth quarter, the game was back-and-forth throughout with nine ties and six lead changes. TCU's biggest lead was by seven points midway through the second quarter, but WVU close the period with five points in the last minute to take a 35-34 lead at halftime.
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