GoFrogs: TCU Comes Back to Win at #15 West Virginia

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    GoFrogs: TCU Comes Back to Win at #15 West Virginia

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    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- TCU women's basketball completed the biggest week in the program's recent history with a 76-74 overtime win over No. 15 West Virginia at WVU Coliseum on Saturday evening.

    TCU (12-5, 3-3) came back from 18 points down in the third quarter and shocked WVU to grab consecutive wins over ranked teams for just the second time in program history. The Frogs also won in Morgantown for the first time in program history.

    Amy Okonkwo scored 16 points, including the game-tying layup in the fourth quarter and the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime. Okonkwo added 12 rebounds for a double-double. Jordan Moore also had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

    West Virginia (15-3, 3-3) forced the Frogs into 17 turnovers in the game's first 25 minutes, building an 18-point lead, 49-31, midway through the third quarter. From there, the Frogs committed just seven turnovers and got within 11 points at the end of the third quarter. TCU outscored WVU 21-10 in the fourth quarter to force the overtime.

    Defining Moments
    The Frogs trailed by 11 points entering the fourth quarter, then Toree Thompson hit a 3-pointer on their first possession of the quarter. One minute later, Jayde Woodsand Naomi Davenport, WVU's leading scorer at the time, were called for double technical fouls, fouling Davenport out of the game.

    TCU would go on to outscore WVU, 21-10, in the fourth quarter with some clutch baskets along the way. Down 66-64, Amber Ramirez got a tough layup to go, tying the game with just 7.1 seconds remaining. Chania Ray was then fouled on a drive after a timeout and made both free throws for WVU with 5.1 seconds remaining.

    On their next possession, Kianna Ray fed Okonkwo inside and she tied the game with 3.2 seconds remaining, sending the game to overtime.

    The overtime period was sloppy as the teams combined for seven turnovers, and WVU led by one, 74-73, with less than 30 seconds to go. Lauren Heard then grabbed her second steal of the game and set up the Frogs with one final possession.

    Thompson missed a layup with nine seconds to go, but the Frogs forced a held ball fighting for the rebound and had the possession arrow. Kianna Ray inbounded the ball quickly to Okonkwo at the top of the 3-point arc, possibly catching WVU off guard, and Okonkwo buried her only 3-point attempt of the game with 3.4 seconds to go.

    Stat of the Game 49 -- The Frogs outrebounded WVU, 49-37, with three different Frogs snagging double-figure rebounds. In addition to Okonkwo and Moore, Kianna Ray added 11 rebounds.

    Quote of the Game
    "It's hard to play West Virginia, no matter where you are playing them, because they are so well coached and they've got such incredible defense. It's particularly hard to win a game here. I'm just really proud of our team's perseverance and grit. Not just in being down 18, but also being fatigued and tired and finding that extra juice. They dug in and they didn't give up. They continued to fight for each other, and sometimes that turns into a win." - Raegan Pebley

    Up Next
    The Frogs have their bye this week before returning home to host Kansas on Saturday. The Frogs avenged an earlier loss to WVU and will look to do the same with Kansas after falling to Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse on New Year's Eve.

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    Team Notes
    * TCU won consecutive games against ranked opponents for just the second time program history. TCU beat #3 Georgia and #13 Michigan State on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, 2004, at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.
    * TCU won in Morgantown for the first time in program history after going winless in five previous tried. The Mountaineers had won five straight overall in the series with TCU’s last win coming on Feb. 24, 2015.
    * The Frogs snapped a streak of 13 straight losses in road games against ranked teams. TCU last won on Feb. 5, 2014, at No. 23 Iowa State. The Frogs have now won just four true road games against ranked teams in program history.
    * TCU played in overtime for the first time since March 22, 2015 at Southern Miss in the WNIT.
    * TCU overcame at least a 15-point deficit to win for the first time since winning at Texas Tech on Dec. 30, 2015 after trailing 54-39 in the third quarter.
    * TCU committed a season-high in turnovers for the third straight game, but has won all three games.
    * TCU had a season-high 15 steals and forced West Virginia into 22 turnovers, tying a season-high for a TCU opponent.
    * TCU has won three straight Big 12 games for just the third time since joining the league in 2012-13. The last time was Feb. 13-20, 2016, when the Frogs beat Iowa State at home, Kansas on the road, and #17 Oklahoma State at home.
    * With a 39-7 margin, TCU has now posted more bench points than its opponent in 16 consecutive games. The season opener against Oral Roberts is the only game TCU's bench hasn't outscored its opponent.
    * TCU had a starting lineup of Jayde Woods, Toree Thompson, Sydney Coleman, Adeola Akomolafe and Jordan Moore for the first time this season. It was the Frogs’ sixth starting combination this season with Jayde Woods replacing Lauren Heard being the change from the previous game.

    Amy Okonkwo
    * Scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with career-high 12 rebounds and four steals.
    * Third double-double this season; sixth of her career.
    * Double-figure scoring in 10 straight games; 16 of TCU's 17 games this season; 34 times in her career.
    * Zahna Medley was last Frog to score in double-figures in 10 consecutive games, doing so in 2016 in the final 11 games of her career.

    Jordan Moore
    * Scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting with 11 rebounds.
    * Second double-double this season: eighth of career.
    * Double-figure scoring in six straight games; 14 times time this season; 35 times in her career.

    Kianna Ray
    * Scored nine points with career-high-tying 11 rebounds and team-high five assists
    * Double-digit rebounds for the second time in her career, the other was against WVU in Fort Worth last season.
    * Posted five or more assists for the sixth time in her 12 games this season; something she did just three times last season.

    Toree Thompson
    * Scored 14 points, including 2-of-6 3-pointers
    * Double-figure scoring in five straight games; 11 times this season; 33 times in her career.
    * Made 13-of-25 3-pointers from deep in her last five games.
     

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