Freshman lead Lady Frogs to win against Boise
TCU had four players score in double-figures Saturday, including three freshmen, as the Frogs exploded in the second half late to down Boise State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 73-69.
After trailing at the break 28-24, the Horned Frogs, now 13-13 overall and 6-5 in the Mountain West, simply caught fire in the second half as freshman Natalie Ventress led a TCU attack late firing on all cylinders. When it was all said and done, the Lady Frogs went on an 18-5 run to pull ahead by 12 with a minute left. The Frogs, who shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 45.3 overall in the game, forced Boise State, who is now 13-13 overall and 4-7 in league play, into 25 turnovers as TCU stole the rock 13 times in the contest. TCU also secured points in the paint Saturday, holding a 36-28 advantage, while totaling 28 points off of turnovers.
For a second-straight game, Ventress scored 20 points after intermission. This time she netted 21 in the second half, which follows a 20-point outburst against UNLV earlier this week. In all, Ventress, who simply could not miss in the second half from long distance going 4-of-6 from three, scored a total of 23 points, which marks her third-straight game and sixth overall with 20 or more points.
Fellow freshman Chelsea Prince and sophomore Latricia Lovings each totaled 14 points apiece, respectively, while Ashley Colbert chipped in with 13 points and a career-high five blocks. It was a career day for Lovings as she posted a new career-high in points with 14 on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, while also tying her career-high with nine boards.
In all, the freshmen trio of Ventress, Prince and Colbert rattled off 50 of the Horned Frogs 73 points, which marks the first time under head coach Jeff Mittie that three freshmen have combined for that many points in a single-game.
Lauren Lenhardt led the Broncos with 23 points, while Kati Isham chipped in with 16 points.
Prince gave TCU momentum on the opening possession of the second half, scoring on a running layup to make the score 29-26.
Lovings tied the game at 37-37 halfway through on another basket off an offensive board, while Ventress went coast-to-coast after a steal to make the score 39-39.
With the Frogs clinging to a 52-47 lead at the 8:40 mark, Boise State scored five-straight, all of which were by Isham, to tie the game back up at 52-52.
In a game that featured six ties and nine lead changes, the two teams would battle back-and-fourth as the Frogs worked it down low on consecutive possessions to take a 59-56 lead down the stretch. Boise State answered with another three though to tie the game at 59-59 as Saturday’s contest came down to the wire.
The Frogs would all but put the game out of reach at about the 1-minute mark, going on an 18-5 run to take their biggest lead of the day. A couple of late buckets by the Broncos brought the game back to single-digits, but TCU was able to run out the clock to sweep Boise State on the season.
TCU will return to the hardwood next Wednesday against Air Force. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at DMC.
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