Weatherford Democrat

Big 12 Sports

February 24, 2013

TCU Women Fall Late To West Virginia

Natalie Ventress scored a game-high 21 points.

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With the scoreboard knotted at 38-38 following a pair of free throws, West Virginia darted to a 52-38 lead midway through until Ventress was able to make a pair at the line with a little over six minutes to go in the game. 

The Frogs relentless defensive pressure forced West Virginia into three-straight turnovers and the Purple and White started to chip away at the Mountaineer lead at 57-46. Gross made it a 57-49 game at the two-minute mark, electrifying the crowd with a three ball from the right side of the court, but the Frogs couldn’t get any closer down the stretch. 

Medley put the Frogs on the board early, kissing the rock off the glass to tie the game at 2-2. West Virginia jumped on top 5-2, but Cole tickled the twine on the very next possession to tie the game at 5-5. The freshman continued her offensive production the next trip down the court, scoring on a running layup with 14:43 to go in the opening half, which brought the Frogs within one at 8-7. 

West Virginia proceeded to go on a mini 6-0 run, but Gross would have nothing of it, scoring a tough three-point play with 12:02 showing on the scoreboard. The two teams continued to go back and fourth midway through the opening frame of play until the Mountaineers pushed their lead to 23-13 with a little over eight minutes left in the period. 

Ventress ended the run, driving past her defender and powering home a layup. On the very next possession, the sophomore found Cole for a triple and the Frogs were off and running on a 9-0 run, which pulled the score to 23-22. 

With WVU clinging to a one-point lead, Hamilton spun past her defender and connected on a runner off the glass to give TCU a 24-23 advantage at the 3:48 mark of the first half. In all, the Frogs went on an 11-0 run during the stretch, while not allowing the Mountaineers to score from the field for over six minutes of play. 

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