A historic season for the TCU Women’s Basketball came to an end tonight as they were defeated by the Indiana Hoosiers 71-58 on the road in the semifinals of the WNIT.
This game was close throughout the entire opening quarter as neither team was able to build more than a one possession lead. As both squads struggled to get much of anything going offensively, the Frogs managed to take a one point lead into the 2nd quarter. The next ten minutes were equally as close, but featured larger runs as Indiana used a 7-0 run to go up by 8 before TCU narrowed the deficit to 4 heading into halftime.
Unfortunately for the Frogs, the game got away from them after the break as Indiana pulled away with a 12-3 run to open the second half, extending the Hoosiers’ lead to 13. TCU never quit and would battle back to pull within 8 a couple times, but that was as close as they would get, ultimately falling 71-58.
In the end, the Frogs couldn’t muster up enough offense to keep up with the Hoosiers. TCU shot only 34.8% for the game compared to Indiana’s 52.9%. Another area of struggle was at the free throw line, where the Frogs went 6/15.
TCU did outplay Indiana in other areas, forcing the Hoosiers to commit 3 more turnovers. Indiana may have grabbed more total rebounds than the Frogs, but that was due to TCU missing more shots. A closer look reveals the Frogs did very well on the boards, pulling down nearly 30% of the rebounds on the offensive end and about 79% on the defensive end.
One player who stood out for TCU was junior Dakota Vann. She poured in 13 points off the bench, including going 3/6 from behind the arc, and also grabbed 5 rebounds.
Although this historic season for the TCU Women’s Basketball program has now come to an end, fans should be extremely proud of what this year’s team has accomplished. This year’s squad set a program record for wins (23), knocked off numerous ranked opponents, and had one of the most successful postseasons yet.
Looking toward next year, Toree Thompson and Sydney Coleman will be missed, but the Frogs will return an impressive group including Jordan Moore, who has been a dominant force in this postseason run, and Amy Okonkwo, TCU’s do-it-all player off the bench.
Don’t be surprised if you hear TCU called come Selection Monday 2019.