TCU Press Release
FORT WORTH, Texas – Natalie Ventress scored a game-high 21 points Saturday night, but TCU dropped a hard fought 66-56 decision to West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
In a tight contest throughout the night, Ventress, who scored 15 of her 21 in the second half, went 5-of-11 from the field, while also grabbing nine boards. Freshman Kamy Cole was the only other Horned Frog in double-figures with 15 points. Defensively Saturday, junior Latricia Lovings tallied a game-high seven blocks, while the Purple and White forced 16 turnovers.
West Virginia, who is receiving votes in both national polls, was led on the night by guard Taylor Palmer. Palmer scored 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep. Ayana Dunning also had a solid outing, recording 15 points and eight boards.
At the two-minute mark of the contest, senior Delisa Gross cut the Mountaineer lead to eight off a three, but the Frogs, who played relentless trapping defense down the stretch which forced several turnovers, weren’t able to complete the comeback and capture their second-straight conference victory.
With the loss, TCU fell to 8-18 overall and 1-14 in league play. The Mountaineers improved to 16-10 overall and 8-7 in conference action.
The Frogs tied the game at 28-28, right out of the gate as Ventress cleaned up a loose ball and found the bottom of the basket on the opening possession of the second half. On the very next trip down the court, Cole scooped it past a Mountaineer to tie the game at 30-30.
TCU continued its offensive production two minutes into the half as Ventress drove the lane and sunk a jumper to give the Frogs a 32-30 lead. The lead was short lived though as WVU came back and buried a triple before Ventress went 1-of-2 from the charity stripe to tie the game at 33-33.
Freshman Zahna Medley then tickled the twine from deep with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the second frame of play to give the Frogs a 36-33 lead, but Dunning knocked down a trey ball of her own to give WVU the go ahead at 38-36.