Mittie: “You have to play 40 minutes and we’re struggling to do that”


TCU must have a thing for Kansas.

In September, TCU recorded its first Big 12 win in football by beating the Jayhawks 20-6. Last week, TCU men’s basketball secured its first-ever Big 12 win by pulling what is now officially the biggest college basketball upset in 20 years by defeating the then-No. 5 Jayhawks 62-55.

After shooting out to a 49-27 lead at halftime, the TCU women’s basketball team looked like they would join as the next TCU team to get their first-ever Big 12 win by beating Kansas.

This time, the Jayhawks had other ideas.

Although the Frogs dominated the first half, they collapsed to the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half, losing 76-75.

The Frogs opened up the game with a 10-0 run, eight of those points coming from freshman point guard Zahna Medley. Medley played a career-defining game, scoring an incredible 27 points in the first half and hitting six out of six attempts beyond the three-point line.

She finished with a career high 35 points, and together with fellow freshman Kamy Cole, who scored 18 on the night, were responsible for more than two-thirds of the Frogs' overall scoring. The two combined for the Frogs’ first 42 points.

Kansas trailed the majority of the game, unable to get its first lead until 3:29 remaining in the game. Monica Engelman, who scored a team-high 26 points for Kansas, made a jump shot to put Kansas up 68-67. The basket was worth two of her 18 points to finish the second half.

Points would be swapped for the next two minutes, until Carolyn Davis hit a layup in transition, giving the Jayhawks a 76-75 lead.

After a TCU timeout, Cole’s shot attempt was blocked by Chelsea Gardner, leaving Kansas as the victors.

The night and day difference in the play of the team was well noted by TCU head coach Jeff Mittie.

“As good as we played in the first half, we couldn’t play any worse in the second half,” Mittie said. “You have to play 40 minutes and we’re struggling to do that.”

Mittie said the struggles of his team have come upon him.

“The last five games, we’ve come out to start really good, but the start after halftime has just been bad. I’m obviously not doing something right at halftime, because we don’t come out and we haven’t been ready to play.”

TCU allowed 49 points in the second half, and allowed 23 second chance points throughout the game. The team also allowed 22 offensive rebounds and was blocked 10 times by Kansas.

TCU remains winless in conference play and falls to 7-16 on the season. The team travels to Waco Saturday to take on No. 1 Baylor.