The TCU Horned Frogs battled the No. 2-ranked Baylor Lady Bears to the very end, but a strong fourth quarter effort from the visiting team proved to be key in Baylor’s 66-57 road win against TCU Wednesday night at Schollmaier Arena.
The loss drops TCU to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the Big 12, while Baylor pushed its record to 16-1 on the season and 5-0 in Big 12 play.
TCU limited Baylor to just 30 points in the first half – the Lady Bear’s second-lowest scoring effort through the first 20 minutes of play this season – and then outscored the No. 2-ranked team in the country 19-14 in the third period to take a 45-44 lead into the fourth quarter.
Baylor was 0-for-4 from the free throw line over the final few minutes of the third quarter and TCU managed to close out the frame with a 5-0 run to take the one-point lead. Baylor found its offensive stride though, opening the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run and finishing the period 6-of-7 from the field with a 2-of-2 effort from downtown.
The Bears would make just 8-of-16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, finishing the game just 8-of-20 (.400) overall, but Baylor also managed to find its defense down the stretch and limited TCU to just 4-of-16 shooting in the fourth quarter.
TCU would get back within six points of the Bears midway through the fourth quarter following a three-pointer from Jaycee Bradley, but the offense was limited to just four more points down the stretch and Baylor would drain 7-of-10 from the charity stripe.
The Horned Frogs will wrap-up a two-game home stand this Sunday, Jan. 26, hosting No. 25-ranked West Virginia. The Frogs and Mountaineers will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena.
TCU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
• TCU started with a lineup of Jayde Woods, Lauren Heard, Kianna Ray, Michelle Berry and Adeola Akomolafe for the first time this season.
• The loss dropped TCU to 5-38 all-time against Baylor.
• TCU played a top-5 ranked team for the eighth time in the past three seasons.
• TCU’s 26 first half points was the team’s lowest of the season, but TCU’s defense limited Baylor to just 30 points in the first half, which ranks as Baylor’s second-lowest first half scoring effort this season (29 vs. South Florida).
• TCU dropped to 4-2 in Big 12 play, but despite the loss, the 4-2 mark still ranks as the best record through the first six conference games since joining the league. It also ranks as the best six-game start in conference play since going 4-2 in the Mountain West Conference back in 2011-12.
• Baylor trailed in a game for the first time since being down against then No. 1-ranked UConn back on Jan. 9. It is the first time to trail against a Big 12 opponent since being down in the first quarter to Oklahoma on Jan. 4.
• The TCU defense forced 18 Baylor turnovers – the most turnovers the Lady Bears have tallied since totaling 21 against Lamar on Nov. 21, 2019.
• Baylor shot a season-low 40 percent from the free throw line, while TCU’s 82.4 free throw percentage ranks second-most on the season.
• TCU has shot 80 percent or better from the free throw line in two straight games for the first time since Feb. 26 (.818) through Mar. 3, 2018 (.821).
– Kiana Ray scored 16 points, moving her to No. 19 on the all-time scoring chart, passing Veja Hamilton’s (2012-16) 1,002 career points.
– Ray added two steals, passing Lorie Butler-Rayford (2004-08) for eighth on the all-time steal list with 184.
– Ray notched double-figures for the fifth consecutive game and 13th time this season. She would also play all 40 minutes in a game for the first time this season and for the sixth time in her career.
– Jayde Woods was 7-7 from the free throw line, marking the fourth time this season that she has shot 100 percent from the charity stripe.
– Adeola Akomolafe recorded a team high nine rebounds and is averaging 10 boards in her last two games.
– Michelle Berry started a game for the first time for the Horned Frogs. She finished with two points and five rebounds.
• Lauren Heard scored 11 points, and has now put together double-digit scoring efforts in every game but one this year. She has scored 10+ points in 14 straight games.
Courtesy: TCU Women’s Basketball