TCU Basketball started hot Wednesday night at home, as Jaycee Bradley led the Frogs to an early lead over rival Texas. The senior guard scored ten points in the first quarter, hitting four of five attempts from the floor, including a pair of three pointers. But behind a physical Texas defense, the rest of the Horned Frogs struggled to make shots, going just 3-13 in the second quarter and 6-17 in the third, as an early lead over the Longhorns quickly became a double-digit deficit.
TCU took it in the chin on more than one occasion, as Texas chose to give the Frogs a taste of their own medicine. Lauren Heard was bullied on every drive to the cup and Jayde Woods — one of the toughest players in the Big 12 — left the court for several minutes, only to return with a big bandaid over her right eye after getting kicked in the face going for a loose ball.
Up 35-26 at the half, the Frogs came out of the locker room ice cold. That was not the case for the Horns, who scored the first 12 points of the third quarter and went on a 15-1 run to open a five point lead less than four minutes into the second half. They would stretch that lead to as many as eight in the third quarter and as many as 11 in the game, as the TCU defense and rebounding let the Frogs down through the final 20 minutes of play. Texas shot 60% from the field and 50% from three in the second half, out-rebounding the Frogs 26-9 through the final 20 minutes and 57-27 overall. You’re just not going to win a lot of games that way.
The Frogs were led by three players in double figures — Lauren Heard (19), Kianna Ray (16), and Jaycee Bradley (14). Heard added eight rebounds and six assists as well. Freshman Celeste Taylor had a game-high 21 for Texas, adding ten rebounds. Collier and Holmes had double-doubles for the Horns as well, going 16/16 and 15/12 respectively. Sug Sutton led all players with ten assists.
There’s no time to bemoan Wednesday’s result for Raegan Pebley’s squad; they travel to Lubbock Sunday for a matchup with Texas Tech. They’ll finish the regular season with a home date with Oklahoma on March 4th and travel to Morgantown on the seventh.