Women’s basketball trips up against Baylor in Big 12 Tournament semifinal, 48-94

Photo courtesy: GoFrogs.com

Photo courtesy: GoFrogs.com

By Benton McDonald

TCU women’s basketball was eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament Sunday after losing to No.3 Baylor in the tournament semifinals, 48-94.

Sunday marked TCU’s third loss this season to the Lady Bears and the eighth of their 12 losses this season that have come at the hands of ranked opponents.

Early foul trouble plagued the team, as juniors Jordan Moore and Amy Okonkwo were only able to play a combined three minutes in a first quarter that finished with a 28-13 Baylor lead, a very similar situation to TCU’s game in Waco a few weeks ago.

The Lady Bears would build on their early lead with a 12-0 run early in the second quarter, creating a 27-point deficit that the Horned Frogs could never erase. The team pushed the lead down to 20 at halftime but a third quarter in which they scored just five points on two made shots would ensure a Baylor victory.

Baylor’s 60 percent shooting percentage was the highest TCU has allowed all season.

Offensively, Moore and Okonkwo would each finish with 12 points, the only two TCU players to finish in double digits. The team’s 48 points was a season-low.

The Frogs also set a season-low in rebounds, grabbing just 19 in total. Baylor’s 49 boards outpaced the Horned Frogs by 30, a margin that almost always results in a loss.

Despite the loss, the team’s 19 wins should still be enough to earn them a spot in a postseason tournament.

They will learn the tournament and their first-round opponent Monday, March 12. If the Horned Frogs secure a spot, it would be their 15th tournament appearance in the last 18 seasons.