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Women’s Basketball: TCU suffers first loss of the season

The Frogs lost on the road to Baylor after a tough second half.

The Frogs suffered their first loss of the season on the road against number six-ranked Baylor by a score of 71-50. It was a tale of two halves for the Frogs who took a four-point lead into halftime before being outscored by 25 points in the second half. TCU had a tough night offensively shooting just over 40 percent from the field, just over 12 percent from three, and under 50 percent from the free throw line.

Baylor’s defensive pressure gave TCU ball handlers fits as the Frogs turned the ball over 19 times while only collecting eight assists as a team. The Frogs did not do a good enough job of taking care of the ball to win despite a solid defensive performance. In the first half, the 2-3 zone from TCU gave Baylor fits as they only scored 22 points in the first half. Nothing came easy at the rim for the Bears as TCU had nine blocks as a team and had great contests on shots in the paint.

TCU did a good job getting hands in passing lanes and forcing deflections and turnovers as the Bears turned the ball over thirteen times. In the second half, Baylor got hot from behind the arc, exposing a weakness of the 2-3 zone. The Bears did a good job of creating open shots in the corner and knocking them down, shooting over 50 percent from three as a team. The Frogs needed to do a better job rotating and closing out on shooters faster.

The upside for the Frogs is that they were ahead at halftime despite an uncharacteristically poor shooting performance that is unlikely to be repeated as the Frogs have been a very good shooting team overall this season. This was TCU’s first true road game of the season in a very hostile environment and the defensive performance in the first half against a very good Baylor team was encouraging to watch.

Sedona Prince recorded her fourth straight double-double in this game, scoring 21 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Prince was very impactful on the defensive end with four blocks and two steals. Her impact as the rim defender in the 2-3 zone far extends just those four blocks as Baylor had a very tough time attacking the basket and was forced to rely on jump shots to score.

Aaliyah Roberson had impactful minutes off the bench for TCU hitting a three, blocking three shots, collecting six rebounds and recording two steals. Jaden Owens had a solid game against her former school scoring eight points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists.

TCU will have a chance to bounce back at home against Oklahoma State on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. OSU is only 8-5 on the year but two losses came against top 25 opponents and all five losses were to Power 5 schools. Oklahoma State is coming off of a road win against UCF where all five starters scored at least 12 points. TCU should match up well against OSU as they are not a very good 3-point shooting team and TCU does a great job protecting the paint.