Women’s basketball holds off SMU, moves to 4-0

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With the help of a 12-point performance by Lauren Heard and a clutch three-pointer from Kianna Ray, TCU women’s basketball held off SMU 57-56 in Dallas.

With the victory, TCU moves to 4-0 on the season after winning their sixth-straight game against SMU, including the third-straight at Moody Coliseum.

Despite shooting just 29 percent from the floor, TCU led 29-24 at the half. Strong defense by the Frogs limited the Mustangs to 7-28 (.250) shooting in the half, with nine of their 15 second-quarter points coming from the free-throw line. 

TCU was limited to a 21% shooting effort in the third quarter, with SMU shooting nearly 38 percent from the field. This helped the Mustangs take a 44-41 lead at the end of the third after outscoring the Frogs 20-12.

TCU scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to regain the lead, but SMU took it right back to go up 49-47. 

With less than five minutes to play, the Mustangs hit a three-pointer to go up 52-49, but that did not stop the Frogs. 

Kiana Ray had 10 points against SMU, which marks her fourth straight game with 10-plus points. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com

Ray hit a clutch three-pointer with 3:08 left to play which gave TCU a 55-52 advantage. SMU then pulled within a point of the Frogs, but Jayde Woods responded with a layup to put the Frogs up by three once again. 

TCU outscored SMU 8-4 down the stretch and to close out the game 57-56.

For four straight games, the Frogs have forced 20 or more turnovers.

The team will wrap up its two-game road trip by traveling to West Point, NY, for a contest with Army Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.