Lady Frogs try to snap two-game skid against Broncos

The TCU women’s basketball team (12-13 overall, 5-5 MWC) will play Boise State on Saturday after the Frogs were unable to complete a second-half comeback Wednesday night.

The Lady Frogs are trying to break a two game losing streak and even out their overall record after falling to UNLV 55-54.  

Freshman Natalie Ventress led all scorers with 25 points, 20 of which came in the second half. Sophomore Latricia Lovings added eight points and five rebounds.

The Lady Frogs were down 53-52 with 17 seconds left and had a chance to take the lead.
TCU had a shot to tie the game as time expired. Ventress’ corner three went long, and junior Whitney Williams tipped in the rebound, but it wasn’t enough.

“We need to come out and play the way we played in the second half against UNLV,” junior forward Delisa Gross said. “If we do that, then we will be in good shape.”

TCU out-rebounded UNLV 40-36 and shot 52 percent from the field in the second half. The Lady Frogs shot 46.7 percent from the free throw line, compared to 66.7 percent for the Rebels.

The Lady Frogs played solid defense, holding UNLV to 35.7 percent shooting, including 20 percent from the three point line.

The Rebels went on a 10-0 run right before halftime to take a 24-17 lead. Ventress brought the Frogs within six, but UNLV erased that with a 12-4 run. The Rebels would grab a 15-point lead, their largest of the game.

Ventress and freshman Chelsea Prince hit buckets to trim the lead and spark a 7-2 run.
TCU cut the lead to 40-34 on a Ventress three with eight minutes left. UNLV would add another bucket before sophomore Megan Henson and Ventress hit back-to-back threes to knot the game at 42.

The Rebels would score four unanswered points to regain the lead but TCU tied it back up at 46. UNLV took a five-point lead with just over two minutes left. Ventress hit consecutive buckets to trim the lead to 53-52.

Boise State (13-12 overall, 4-6 MWC) had its last game end in a 67-58 loss to Colorado State.
Two Boise State players scored double digits in the Broncos’ last game. Senior forward

Nicole Brady led the Broncos with 15 points. Senior guard Kati Isham followed with 14 points. 

“Boise State is a good team, and we have to play hard and continue to pressure them with our defense,” Gross said. “They move the ball well on offense, so we have to be able to help each other on the defensive end and communicate.”

TCU will return home Saturday to take on Boise State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is set for noon central time.