If a team is going to win, they might as well do it in dramatic fashion.
TCU secured its second win in Big 12 conference play during the final seconds Saturday, upsetting No. 23 Iowa State, 61-58.
The stage was set with for the final home game for seniors Delisa Gross and Whitney Williams.
Gross had a career day, hitting six out of seven shot attempts and contributing 15 points. She also had three steals and two rebounds in 22 minutes on the court.
Williams, who was a transfer student from Iowa State as a sophomore, sang the national anthem before the game and contributed from the bench as a defensive player, recording five minutes of play.
The game started poorly for TCU, as Iowa State, led by Chelsea Poppen’s and Brynn’s Williamson’s combined 10 points, took a starting lead of 19-12 with 12 minutes remaining the first half.
TCU would rally back in the next six minutes, however, leading a 7-0 run and closed the last 4:24 of the first half with a 13-1 run, including a buzzer-beating three-point basket from freshman point guard Zahna Medley.
Medley finished the game with a team-high 18 points and four assists.
TCU finished the first half with a 40 percent shooting percentage as the Frogs walked into the locker room with a 33-28 lead.
The Frogs carried momentum from halftime, as the second half was in TCU’s control, until the Cyclones pulled together a 21-8 run and left just 1:20 remaining in the game.
After a pair of hit free throws from ISU’s Nikki Moody, TCU held the ball and grabbed an offensive rebound, before a missed three-pointer by Kamy Cole gave the ball back to the Cyclones.
TCU forced a turnover from Moody, leaving the Cyclones forced to foul. Cole made two free throws, giving TCU a 61-57 advantage with 22 seconds left.
After ISU’s Nicole Blaskowsky missed a three-point attempt, TCU controlled the ball until seven seconds remained. Poppens drew a foul, but missed one of two shots, giving TCU a 61-58 win as Natalie Ventress held the ball away from defenders.
TCU shot 41.8 percent as a team and finished with 33 rebounds. Iowa State shot 28.6 percent and made 10 out of 36 three-point attempts.
The Frogs heavily relied on the bench, as non-starters contributed 23 points. TCU also found points in the paint, scoring 22 from the key.