Women’s basketball falls to Indiana in WNIT semifinals

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TCU women’s basketball’s season ended Wednesday with a loss to Indiana, 71-58.

The team’s run in the WNIT ended against the Hoosiers who shot a strong 52.9 percent from the field, including a 63 percent rate in the second half that ultimately sunk the Horned Frogs.

“Indiana deserves a lot of credit,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said. “This was a great atmosphere.”

The Horned Frogs, who were averaging more than 80 points and had shot over 50 percent from the field in every WNIT game, scored just 58 points on 35 percent shooting.

TCU center Jordan Moore, who was averaging 17 points in the tournament and had missed just five shots coming into the night, had six points on a 3-12 shooting night.

“I think we were just a little fatigued,” Pebley said. “We really tried to push but it just felt like we were playing uphill all game.”

TCU led for just 1:31 of the game’s 40 minutes and never led in the second half.

It was the Horned Frogs’ third road game in the last six days, all three falling in different states, (New Mexico, South Dakota and Indiana).

“I think the road games caught up to us,” Pebley said. “Not finishing layups, missing free throws, not pushing the tempo like we can.”

Despite the loss, this season will go down as one of the best in program history and certainly the best of the team’s six seasons in the Big 12. The 23 wins are the most since 2007-08 and the run to the WNIT semifinals was the deepest in program history.

The team will lose just two players, senior guards Toree Thompson and Sydney Coleman and welcome back a roster filled with experience. Their entire starting lineup from the four WNIT victories – Lauren Heard, Jayde Woods, Kianna Ray, Adeola Akomolafe and Jordan Moore – will return along with leading scorer Amy Okonkwo and point guard Amber Ramirez.

The Horned Frogs will also welcome four new incoming first-years including Yo’Myris Morris, the no.2 ranked forward in Arkansas. You can read more about the incoming recruits here.