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Women’s basketball blows out Nicholls State, moves to 3-0 on season

TCU moves to 3-0 on the season with win over Nicholls State. Photo Courtesy of Heesoo Yang.

TCU women’s basketball knocked off another non-conference opponent with a 72-47 win over Nicholls State Thursday.

Three Horned Frogs finished with double-digit points with guard Kianna Ray leading the way behind 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Ryann Payne and Jaycee Bradley both scored 11 points. Payne also tallied a career-high five steals.

“We practice that a lot and I just look to be real aggressive, whether it’s on the ball or off the ball,” Payne said. “And with the help of my teammates, they bring me up with energy.”

Ryann Payne had a career-high five steals against Nicholls State. Photo Courtesy of Heesoo Yang.

TCU opened the first quarter with a 14-4 run, but Nicholls State scored eight of the next 10 points to cut TCU’s lead to just four.

This did not become a problem for the Horned Frogs as they outscored the Colonels 24-9 in the second quarter and went into halftime with a 40-21 lead.

TCU then had its highest third-quarter scoring effort of the season, scoring 23 and taking a 63-37 lead.

“Much better third quarter for us than the last game and I thought that was a big focus of ours coming into this game,” said head coach Raegan Pebley. “We were going to do what we needed to do in the first but show improvement in a couple areas: the third quarter and on the boards. I think we did much better in those areas.”

The Horned Frogs led by as many as 29 in the third quarter and eventually pushed the lead to 30 points midway through the fourth quarter.

The team scored its highest point total so far this season in the win and had a season-high 54 rebounds. This marks TCU’s highest rebounding effort in a game since having 54 against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 17, 2017.

TCU will be back in action as they travel to its cross-town rival, SMU, next Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

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