TCU Falls Late to #9 West Virginia


Dec. 28, 2017

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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.

Defining Moments
On the first possession of the fourth quarter, Moore gave TCU a five-point lead, 58-53, but it wasn't long before the Mountaineers came storming back.

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.

Stat of the Game
4 -- After committing 12 turnovers in the first half, TCU had just four in the second half against a WVU team known for its pressure defense. The Frogs finished with 16 turnovers and 17 assists.

Quote of the Game
"The Big 12 Conference is such a grind that you can't get too high after a win or too low after a loss, you have to handle everything with maturity, poise and steadiness. We have to respond even keeled regardless of what happens every night." - Raegan Pebley

Up Next
TCU travels to take on Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest that can be seen on WatchESPN. The Jayhawks lost in overtime at Iowa State on Thursday in their Big 12 opener.

 

 

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