Horned Frogs Fall At Wyoming, 64-54

Feb. 1, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo. - TCU saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 64-54 setback to Wyoming at the Cowgirls Arena Auditorium.

With the loss, the Horned Frogs dropped to 11-11 overall and 4-3 in league play, while Wyoming moved to 8-12 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West.

Freshman Natalie Ventress led TCU with 18 points, while Whitney Williams was the only other Frog in double-figures with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Chelsea Prince chipped in with nine points on 4-of-7 from the floor, while also leading the Purple and White with six boards. Ventress has now led TCU in scoring 12 times this season, including 10 out of the last 13 games.

Kayla Woodward scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from deep to lead the Cowgirls, who also snapped TCU’s three-game winning streak in the all-time series. Chaundra Sewell added 20 points and 11 boards to record a double-double. Sewell went 10-of-14 from the charity stripe as Wyoming shot a season-high 28 free throws Wednesday.  

In a game that saw eight lead changes, TCU, who outscored the Cowgirls off the bench 17-4, battled all night in front of a rowdy crowd of 3,293, pulling with seven late in the game, but the Frogs couldn’t quite get over the hump as Wyoming won for only the second time in five tries against the Purple and White Wednesday.

The Cowgirls would jump back on top to start the second half at 37-30, but Antoinette Thompson drove the lane and found Ashley Colbert down low, who halted the Wyoming attack at the 15:11 mark of the second half. The Cowgirls would push their lead to 43-32, until Meagan Henson and Prince drilled back-to-back trey balls to pull within five at the 11-minute mark.  

With Wyoming up 48-38, Ventress drove the lane and connected, but the Cowgirls continued their hot shooting, nailing a deep triple on the other end with a little over 7 minutes to go in the game. TCU would continue to battle as Thompson found a wide-open Prince inside the lane to beat the shot clock and bring the Frogs within nine at 51-42 with 5:31 left.

The two teams would trade buckets with a little over 3 minutes left to go in the game, but Wyoming jumped out to a 10-point lead at 55-45 until Williams dialed it up from the top of the key to keep the Frogs within reach down the stretch.

Ventress continued to fight for the Purple and White at the 1:32 mark, tickling the twine from three to make the score 59-51, but Wyoming was able to knock down some late free throws to snap TCU’s three-game winning streak.

The Frogs jumped out to a 6-4 lead early in the contest as both Ventress and Williams drove home three’s. A few moments later, Prince went coast-to-coast and laid it up over the top of the rim to increase the Frog lead. Delisa Gross would then give TCU a 10-4 advantage at the 15:30 mark, scoring off a look ahead by Williams.

Wyoming would battle back though, rattling off a 12-2 run to pull ahead at 16-12 at the 12:09 mark of the first half. Ventress would halt the Wyoming run halfway through, scoring on an up-and-under after driving the lane.

The two teams would battle back-and-fourth the next couple of possessions until Lovings followed her own miss and made a beautiful pass down low to Gross who proceeded to power it home and pull the Frogs within two at 19-17 with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left to go in the opening frame.

Defense produced the next couple of points for the Frogs as Lovings knocked out a post-entry and Williams connected on five-straight points, which included a nice looping shot underneath a Cowgirl defender at the 6:09 mark, to give TCU a 22-21 lead. After a Wyoming bucket, Thompson regained the Frog lead a few moments later, scoring on a tough three-point play to make the score 25-23.

The Horned Frogs and Cowgirls would trade buckets down the stretch of the opening frame as the Purple and White took a 30-29 lead into the break. 

TCU will return home to face San Diego State Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (Play-By-Play) and Tammy Blackburn (Color) calling the action live.