Okonkwo propels women’s basketball past West Virginia and best start in program history

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Seventeen points from forward Amy Okonkwo and stout defense from the Horned Frogs were more than enough as TCU defeated West Virginia to open Big 12 play, 62-48. The win improves the Horned Frogs to 11-1, the best start in school history.

Okonkwo finished 3-of-6 from deep en route to 17 points, four rebounds and a block. She was also a leader on the defensive end, drawing three charges. The senior continued her strong play against the Mountaineers, averaging 15.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in her five career games against West Virginia.

Amy Okonkwo led the TCU offense in their defeat of West Virginia. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.

West Virginia was struggling to stop the TCU offense and the Horned Frogs were dominating the Mountaineers on the defensive end. The 48 points scored by West Virginia were not only significantly below their season average of 80.1 per game, but that was also the Mountaineers lowest total of the season.

On top of that, West Virginia shot just 32.1 percent from the field, extending TCU’s streak of holding teams to 40 percent shooting or less to 11 games.

After the Mountaineers claimed a one-point lead barely 30 seconds into the game, the Horned Frogs never looked back. TCU used 10-3 and 16-0 runs to go up by as much as 20 in the first half. They went into the locker room at halftime with a 36-22 lead.

The game was back-and-forth from there, with the Horned Frogs producing enough offense to maintain their halftime lead and cruise to victory.

Center Jordan Moore joined Okonkwo in double-digits with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. The senior also tied for a game-high three blocks. She has played a huge role in the Horned Frogs leading the Big 12 with 7.3 blocks per game this season.

The victory gives the Horned Frogs eight-straight wins, tying for the second-longest win streak in program history.

For the first time in over a month, TCU will head on the road for their next game to play Oklahoma State.  Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 6.