Just an absolute heartbreaker, after Lauren Heard drug her team kicking and screaming into OT.
The Wildcats led by as many as 16 behind Carr’s big first half, but Heard, who briefly left the game after colliding with K-State forward Ashley Ray in the first half, kept the Horned Frogs (8-13, 3-13) alive. She finished with a game-high 35 points, and while the Wildcats slumped late — they failed to score for 4:13 of the fourth quarter — Heard nibbled at the hosts’ lead.
Heard cut the K-State advantage to 57-56 on a step-back jumper with 6:05 to play. She gave the Horned Frogs a 61-59 lead on a 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining. And with 44 seconds left, she banked in a 3-pointer to tie the game at 64.
“She’s a tough kid; I love that kid,” Mittie said. “She just plays her heart out every game and has been a great player for them for four years.”
Can the Frogs execute in a tough environment against a really good Red Raiders team?
TEAM LEADERS: Texas Tech’s Mac McClung has averaged 16.8 points while Terrence Shannon Jr. has put up 12.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. For the Horned Frogs, RJ Nembhard has averaged 15.4 points and 4.1 rebounds while Mike Miles has put up 13.7 points.
SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Nembhard has been directly responsible for 41 percent of all TCU field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has 13 field goals and 13 assists in those games.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Horned Frogs have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has 35 assists on 72 field goals (48.6 percent) over its past three outings while TCU has assists on 37 of 64 field goals (57.8 percent) during its past three games.
The question is... can they do it against a good team?
After Iowa State pulled to within 70-68, Miles made a clutch layup to regain a two-possession lead, 72-68, with 23 seconds left. Frogs junior guard RJ Nembhard closed out the victory by making 4 of 4 free throws in the final 11 seconds.
Not too shabby considering TCU entered the game shooting just 66% from the line, the worst mark in the league. But Dixon feels his team is better than the numbers suggest as center Kevin Samuel’s well-documented struggles brings the average down.
“I have confidence in a lot of our guys,” Dixon said. “We have shot it better in conference. We had the right guys at the line tonight.”
Miles and Nembhard each finished with 19 points for TCU. Miles made five free throws, while Nembhard made eight. TCU also won the rebounding battle 33-28.
Bravo to these Horned Frogs for lending a hand in their community.
Hines and Lance Minor are both TCU scholarship recipients through the TCU Community Scholars Program.
“I’m giving back to my community and I was just glad I could help,” said Minor, a news and media studies major.
TCU Community Scholars are student leaders selected from local high schools. The program provides a four-year full academic scholarship.
“I really didn’t have the finances to go to college and I really didn’t think I’d ever attend,” Minor said.
The students don’t take the opportunity lightly.
“Yes, I got the scholarship but, I got the scholarship for a bigger reason,” Hines said. “It’s not just for me. It’s for me to be a servant at the end of the day.”
That service is priceless to New Mount Rose.
“Without those students I think we would have pretty much just been in a state of despair,” Tatum said. “But every time those students come they bring joy, they bring positivity, they bring energy.”