Cowgirls ride over Lady Frogs

Cowgirls ride over Lady Frogs

The Lady Frogs’ 19-game home winning streak came to an end Thursday night as the team fell 61-50 to the Wyoming Cowgirls.The Lady Frogs came out fast paced going on a 6-2 run to begin the first half. A free throw by Wyoming forward Hanna Zavecz would pull the Cowgirls to within one with 11:47 to go in the first half. TCU showed grind underneath the basket but it wasn’t enough to stop Wyoming. A 3-pointer by Wyoming guard Jodi Bolerjack helped spark the Cowgirls to a 14-2 run in the last six minutes of the half.

Wyoming was able to slow down the usually fast paced Lady Frogs who shot 28.9 percent from the field in the first half. The Lady Frogs were also held to just six fast break points.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said he was concerned the slower tempo of play would affect his players.

“I was concerned we wouldn’t have the legs,” Mittie said. “I thought we came back but we didn’t have a lot of shots go in tonight.”

The Lady Frogs finished 29.4 percent from the field and a meager 8.3 percent from outside the arc.

The Wyoming bench provided saving grace adding 21 points to the mix, including 19 from freshman guard Aubrey Vandiver.

“They made timely shots,” Mittie said. “Vandiver killed us all night, she cleaned up for them off the glass.”

The Cowgirls were also able to knock down free throws going 23 of 29 from the line.

“We’re fast paced and they did a good job of controlling the game,” said forward Ashley Davis. “They were able to find seams in our defense.”

The Lady Frogs were led by forward Hanna Biernacka who finished with 14 points. Guard Lori Butler-Rayford added 11 going 3 of 4 from the line.

TCU’s JimAnne Hejny provided a glimmer of hope in the second half by adding eight of the nine points from the bench.

The Cowgirls were able to hold usual power players forward Ashley David and guard Adrianne Ross to just seven points a piece.

In order rebound from this loss and win the next game the team needs to focus better, Ross said.

“We need to find a team identity and get on the same page,” Ross said.

The loss moved TCU to a full game back from BYU into a second place tie with the New Mexico Lobos in the Mountain West Conference standings. The Lady Frogs will head to Albuquerque Sunday playing the Lobos at 4 p.m.