It appears the light has come on in a big way for Raegan Pebley’s squad, who took their fifth straight Wednesday night. After upsetting two ranked opponents last week, they took care of business against the Cats.
Amy Okonkwo scored 22 points as the No. 24 TCU women’s basketball team held on late to beat Kansas State 68-63 Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kan., for its fifth consecutive victory.
The Horned Frogs (14-5, 5-3 Big 12), playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2010, outscored the Wildcats (11-9, 3-6) 24-13 in the third quarter to grab a 58-47 lead after the teams were tied 34-34 at halftime.
But TCU then went cold, going scoreless for nearly five minutes early in the fourth quarter as Kansas State climbed back in the game. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 65-53 with under a minute remaining, but Kianna Ray made one of two free throws and then stole an inbounds pass and set up a layup by Okonkwo to seal the victory.
This was awesome. Loved seeing the swim/dive program get the spotlight on one of the biggest night’s of the year for TCU Basketball. But I didn’t realize it was planned.
“Everyone we see has a laugh, but we’re all comfortable supporting the team, just the same way they come out to our meets and support us,” freshman diver Derek Bowers said.
This wasn’t the first time college basketball fans clad only in swimwear have tried to distract opposing players. It wasn’t even the first time at TCU.
Apparently, back in the mid-’90s, swimmers and divers would show up to women’s volleyball matches in their practice gear. It wasn’t until more than a decade later that the maneuver found its way into basketball games.
Don’t worry, the speedos are battle-tested. Bowers wore his in a meet just last week.
Every year the marketing department picks one game for the swimmers to attend in swimwear, and with the arrival of Big Monday against a top 10 team, Julie Austin, a TCU assistant athletic director in the marketing department, said they wanted to really “blow it out.”
Hey, I have shot a 59, too... on nine holes.
TCU product J.J. Henry of Fort Worth warmed up for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego with a 59 on Monday at The Tradition Golf Course in La Quinta, Calif. The course is also known as Arnold Palmer’s winter home course.