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Defense gets it done as TCU Women move on to NIT Semis

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The Frogs held Cincinnati to just five points in the fourth quarter on their way to a 69-55 victory.

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TCU Women’s Basketball got it done with defense Sunday afternoon, dominating that end of the floor in the decisive fourth quarter on their way to a 69-55 victory over the Bearcats at Schollmaier Arena. The Horned Frogs took a seven point lead into the break, only to watch it evaporate quickly out of the locker room. Cincinnati opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run, taking their first lead since the game’s opening bucket on a pair of free throws with 7:01 to play in the frame.

The Bearcats stretched their lead out to as many as four points as star TCU center Jordan Moore went to the bench with three fouls, but the Frogs were able to fight back and get back in front as the quarter wound down.

They never looked back from there.

TCU outscored Cincinnati 13-5 over the final ten minutes, turning a six point lead into a runaway victory. Led by Amy Okonkwo and Moore, who both posted double doubles on the day, the Frogs simply dominated the Cats inside, out-rebounding the visiting squad 46-33 and outscoring them 44-34 inside. Okonkwo led the team in scoring with 20 points and added 13 rebounds, while Moore poured in 16 and 11 herself. Lauren Heard also hit double figures for TCU, scoring ten on 4-5 shooting from the floor. TCU went just 2-9 from beyond the arc, but held Cincy without a three point field goal in six attempts.

The Frogs move on to the WNIT Semis with the win, awaiting the victor of Arizona and Wyoming. Location and time is to be announced.