No. 8 Horned Frogs Drop 5-3 Decision To No. 3 Texas A&M Friday
Feb. 3, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - No. 8 TCU battled No. 3 Texas A&M Friday night in front of an electric crowd of 2,104 spectators at the Fort Worth Stock Show, but narrowly fell to the defending National Champions at John Justin Arena, 5-3.
"I am very proud of this team and the way we competed tonight against Texas A&M," said interim Western head coach Kindel Huffman. "I was very impressed with how our rides went tonight, especially against a top-team like A&M."
TCU moved to 2-6 overall in Western on the season, while the Aggies, who have captured three-straight Western national titles, kept their perfect record in tact at 9-0 in Western events.
Overall, the Horned Frogs battled the Aggies to a 2-2 draw in Reining Friday, but Texas A&M was able to escape with a 3-1 decision in Horsemanship to bring the all-time Stock Show Bowl series to 1-1 overall. On the night, TCU scored a total of 568 points, including 284.5 in Reining. In all, the Aggies edged the Frogs by the slimmest of margins in Reining, 285-284.5.
Freshman Katelyn Gray led the Frogs in Reining, scoring a 72.5-72 decision over Abigail Grabein. With the win, Gray captured her third victory on the year and her first MVP accolade of her collegiate career. Alexi Child was also victorious in the event, scoring a 72.5-71 victory over Courtney Dawe. With the win, Child moved to 4-3-1 on the season. Freshman Samantha Bayer appeared to have scored a point for the Frogs in Reining, but dropped a 72-70 decision to Lindsey Bernbaum.
Returning All-America honoree Courtney Chown got her spring season started on the right foot Friday night, riding Copy to a 74-73.5 victory over Carey Nowacek. With the win, the senior gave Nowacek her first loss on the season. Sophomore Taylor Prince tried to rally the Frogs late but came up short, falling to Katie Lisabeth, 71.5-71. The narrow loss marked only the second time this season that the Las Vegas native has been defeated. Freshman Calli Rouse appeared to have scored a point for the Purple and White in the event, but was topped by Amanda Brightwell, 70.0-69.
"Between now and nationals, I want us to refine some certain things," said Huffman. "We are young, but we are still going to do some great things this year and have improved tremendously."
TCU will next compete as a full squad at the Best Of The West Tournament in Fresno, Calif., on Feb. 18-19.