STILLWATER, Okla. – Sophomore Natalie Ventress and senior Delisa Gross both scored in double-figures Tuesday night, but No. 22 Oklahoma State was able to record a 76-59 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Natalie Ventress led the Horned Frogs on the night with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from deep. Her 20-point outing marks the third time this season the sophomore has gone for 20 or more points in a single-game. Gross followed with a season-high 13 points, all of which came in the second half. The Waco native really seemed to spark the Frogs in the second frame, scoring 10-straight points for TCU during the midway point of the period.
In all, the Purple and White outscored the Cowgirls in the second half, 35-32, after trailing at intermission. TCU, who shot 45.8 percent from beyond the arc Tuesday, closed within 13 late, but couldn’t complete the comeback.
With the loss, TCU moved to 7-14 overall and 0-10 in league play, while Oklahoma State improved to 16-5 overall and 5-5 in conference action.
The Cowgirls were carried by Tiffany Bias’ 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from deep. Toni Young also had a stellar night with 18 points and a game-high 14 boards.
After forcing an Oklahoma State turnover on the opening possession of the second half, Zahna Medley buried a three from the top of the key to make it 44-27. The Cowgirls brought the score to 46-27 on the next possession off a jumper, but Ventress would have nothing of it early on, scoring an old-fashioned three-point play.
A mini 4-0 run by Oklahoma State made the scoreboard read 52-30 at the 15:34 mark of the second period as the Frogs tried everything they could to pull closer in the ballgame.
With 12:33 showing on the scoreboard Gross lit a fire on the offensive end of the court, nailing back-to-back buckets to inch the Frogs within 19. A few plays later, the senior continued to push the Frogs in the second frame of play, draining a triple from the right side of the court.