Women’s basketball beats Wyoming 58-48

The Lady Frogs continued a four-game winning streak and finished the regular season Tuesday night with a 58-48 win over the University of Wyoming.

The game marked the last game for the team in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum as a member of the Mountain West Conference.

On a night honoring the Lady Frogs’ only senior, guard Antoinette Thompson, it was the team’s bench that took the pace of the game.

TCU’s bench outscored the Wyoming bench 27-5 and held the Cowgirls’ bench to no points in the second half. Sophomore Briesha Wynn led the way off the bench with nine points and five rebounds.   

The Lady Frogs took control of the game defensively. The team scored 12 points off of 16 turnovers and had six blocks, including four from sophomore center Latricia Lovings.
TCU switched to a zone defense early in the first half and never looked back, consistently forcing Wyoming to shoot the ball with under 10 seconds on the shot clock. The full-court press TCU applied was effective in creating turnovers.

The Frogs shot 90.9 percent from the free-throw line in the first half and extended their lead to 11 with 2:05 remaining in the half on a Wynn free throw. Wyoming kept in sight, though, with a 3-pointer by sophomore guard Kaylee Hoffman to cut TCU’s lead to eight with 1:38 left in the half. TCU took the eight-point lead into halftime.

TCU came out in the second half still applying occasional full-court pressure and remained in its zone defense. Every time the Frogs would aim to extend their lead and pull away, Wyoming would respond with a key basket.

A layup by Wyoming forward Ashley Sickles cut the TCU lead to four with just over 13 minutes remaining in the second half. Later in the half, TCU guard Whitney Williams hit a 3-pointer that extended the Frogs lead to 50-41, and on Wyoming’s next possession, the Frogs’ defense forced a shot clock violation to shift all the momentum toward the home team.

The two teams traded baskets down the final stretch, which was enough for TCU to come out with the win.

Wyoming was led by junior forward Chaundra Sewell, who scored 15 points while collecting seven rebounds and two steals. TCU was led by freshman guard Natalie Ventress, who scored 10 points and collected five rebounds.

TCU and Wyoming both finished with 30 rebounds and each shot 25 percent from the 3-point line. TCU finished with the edge in shooting percentage, shooting 44.9 percent compared with Wyoming’s 33.3 percent.

Head coach Jeff Mittie was extremely thankful Thompson after the game. Mittie thanked her for her four years of play and reminded the crowd that her job was not done yet.
TCU improves to 16-13 overall and 9-5 in conference play, while Wyoming falls to 11-16 overall and 7-7 in conference play.

The Frogs’ win creates a rematch in the first round of next month’s MWC Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. TCU will be the No. 4 seed, while Wyoming will be the No. 5 seed. The Frogs and Cowgirls will tip off at 4:30 p.m. CT March 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center.