Women’s basketball tops Boise State in Maggie Dixon Classic to remain undefeated

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Guard Lauren Heard has been key factor in TCU’s 6-0 start this season. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com

Led by a season-high from junior Lauren Heard, TCU women’s basketball defeated Boise State 77-65 on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

Along with 25 points, Heard also added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in the win. Guard Kianna Ray contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and three assists herself.

The Frogs are now 6-0, their best start since 2003. The win also marks TCU’s 21st win in a row over a non-conference opponent at home.

“Six and zero, it’s really fun to do that with all of our seniors,” said Heard. “We know how important this season is for them and we want to keep this momentum going and see where it takes us.”

Ray started the game with a three-pointer, and the Frogs never looked back, leading by as much as 21 in a game they never trailed.

TCU shot 38 percent from the field in the first half but had six 3-pointers, giving them a 37-23 lead at halftime.

The Frogs improved their efficiency to shoot 50 percent from the field in the third quarter, including a perfect effort from beyond the arc. This extended their lead to 59-43 at the end of the third quarter.

The 21-point lead came twice in the fourth quarter, with the Frogs going up 68-47 with 6:51 to play, and then 73-52 with 5:35 on the clock. 

The Broncos went on a 13-4 run to close out the final five minutes of the game, but TCU’s fast start held them off.

The Horned Frogs finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field overall, which included a season-high 47 percent effort from beyond the arc.

“I loved that we could open the Maggie Dixon Classic with a win against a quality opponent,” said head coach Raegan Pebley. “That was a team, full of seniors, that has won a lot of basketball games. They have had a lot of success, being in the NCAA Tournament four of the past five years. This is a team that played Louisville and played them really well, and Louisville just upset the No. 1 team in the country.”

The Frogs will face off against the Auburn Tigers next as a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The contest is set to tip-off at 2 p.m. Saturday from Schollmaier Arena.