Okonkwo’s explosive night not enough to top No. 1 Baylor, 89-71

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Despite a season-high 28 points from Amy Okonkwo, TCU women’s basketball was not able to overcome No. 1 Baylor, snapping their win streak at five games.

The senior finished 9-13, including four made threes to go with five rebounds and four steals.  Her 34 minutes played were the most of her career.

The game was a battle from the start, with Okonkwo scoring 14 of her points in the first quarter alone, keeping TCU within three, 23-20.

A back-and-forth second quarter put the Horned Frogs only down 38-31 at the half, but the Bears pulled away in the third quarter.

The post presence of Baylor dominated in the game, with center Kalani Brown and forward Lauren Cox combining for 50 points in the game, including 27 points in the second half alone, preventing the Horned Frogs from getting within 12 points for the rest of the game.

Guard Jayde Woods was the only other TCU player in double figures with 10 points on 3-4 shooting.

“This wasn’t the result that we came here for and prepared for, but I’m always proud of our team,” head coach Raegan Pebley said.  “February is a month where you have to keep finding ways to get better and stay really engaged and locked in on both ends of the floor.”

TCU will look to return to the win column at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when they host No. 22 Iowa State at Schollmaier Arena.