Women dominate in home opener

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    The TCU women’s basketball team hosted the University of Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners  in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Monday, prevailing 65-30 over the UTSA Roadrunners.

    Junior forward Delisa Gross put up the first two points for the Horned Frogs, and the Lady Frogs spread the perimeter on offense and put the ball inside for a majority of the game. The first three-pointer of the game came from freshman forward Chelsea Prince, although both teams had trouble finding their rhythm at the start. TCU led UTSA 7-4 with less than 12 minutes remaining in the half.

    Freshman guard Jazz Parker drove to the basket and completed a three-point play, while the squad from UTSA would not score again until freshman guard Ashley Spaletta hit back-to-back three-pointers, making the score 18-11 with five minutes remaining in the half.

    Sophomore center Latricia Lovings drew a foul underneath with the basket counting, but could not connect on the free throw. Parker got the rebound, fouled and was sent to the line where both shots were good. The Lady Frogs led 26-13 at the half.

    Freshman guard Natalie Ventress had a big second half as she put up two points quickly, although UTSA’s senior guard Ijeoma Waturuocha responded with two points. Ventress assisted senior guard Antoinette Thompson for two points, and her teammate would immediately reciprocate with a steal and assist to Ventress for two more. TCU led UTSA 32-16 with less than 17 minutes to go. The Roadrunners struggled to finish shots in the second half despite plenty of accurate looks. Another steal from Thompson accompanied by an effortless lay-up would give the Lady Frogs their biggest lead of the night, 38-18.

    After Lovings was sent to the line and missed her second free throw, Prince rebounded and compensated with a three-pointer for a triple-point play. Freshman guard Logan Mittie got the ball to Lovings for another attempt at a three-point play, but the free throw was no good.

    Gross also sunk a three from the perimeter giving TCU a 49-19 lead over UTSA. Then freshman guard Kamra King put two points on the board at the line.

    After two missed three-pointer attempts, redshirt junior guard Whitney Williams completed on her third try, and Parker capitalized for three more points from the baseline, making the score 50-25 with just under three minutes remaining.