NORMAN, Okla. – The TCU women’s basketball team couldn’t recover from a sluggish first half, falling to Oklahoma by a score of 77-54 on Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Coliseum.
Senior guard Natalie Ventress led the Horned Frogs (14-10, 6-7) with 14 points, scoring in double figures for the fifth-straight game.
Fellow senior Chelsea Prince registered nine points, seven rebounds and five steals, while junior guard Zahna Medley posted eight points and freshman guard AJ Alix added seven points off the bench.
TCU struggled early on to generate offense while the hot-shooting Sooners connected on 15 of their first 20 shots to take a commanding 35-12 lead at the 7:54 mark.
The Frogs were able to close the gap back to a 39-24 deficit with just
over three minutes remaining in the opening half on a 12-4 run, capped by a Medley steal and Prince layup, but the Sooners closed strong for a 45-26 lead at the break.
Alix opened the second half of play with a steal and breakaway layup and the TCU defense tightened, holding the Sooners without points for over four minutes, but the Frogs couldn’t take advantage on the offensive end.
The Frogs shot just 37 percent (21-of-57) from the field and managed just three 3-pointers on 18 attempts after entering the contest with the second-most 3-point buckets in the Big 12.
TCU held Oklahoma to a 36-percent (11-of-31) effort from the field in the final 20 minutes while forcing 19 turnovers with 14 steals.
Oklahoma’s Peyton Little led the Sooners with 21 points, while Kaylon Williams registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.
The Frogs return home to play host to Kansas at 7 p.m., on Tuesday in the annual “Frogs for the Cure” Pink Out game.