The TCU women’s basketball team couldn’t slow down Odyssey Sims and the No. 6 Baylor Lady Bears’ offensive attack on Saturday afternoon. TCU lost their 16th consecutive matchup Saturday between the two teams, 69-46.
Four Bears scored in double figures compared to only two for the Horned Frogs. TCU held Sims, a National Player of the Year candidate, to 7-of-22 shooting, but her teammates compensated more than enough as Baylor improved to 24-3 (14-1 Big 12) while TCU fell to 15-12 (6-9 Big 12).
Poor shooting hurt the Frogs throughout the game, as they went 6-of-30 in the first half and 8-of-27 in the second for a combined 24.6 percent performance from the field.
TCU head coach Jeff Mittie gave credit to Baylor for their defense, but also said that his players missed some good opportunities.
“We just couldn’t find any offense all day,” Mittie said. “We had some open looks, and when you play a team like Baylor, you have to bury those.”
The Frogs jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on a Medley 3-pointer, but Baylor fought back and took the lead for good with 17:59 left in the first half.
TCU managed to keep it close, but Baylor’s defense didn’t allow the free flow of offense the Frogs typically try to create.
Baylor held TCU to a 30-15 margin at the half. The Frogs cut it to 9 points with 11:24 left on two Prince free throws before Baylor went on a 18-8 run to shut the door on the Frog’s comeback attempt.
Mittie noted that Medley, who shot 3-of-14 from the field, was often being closely guarded by Sims, and said that Sims’s speed was a key factor.
“She’s like a gnat,” Mittie said. “She’s constantly there, and even when you get an open look, you’re so excited to get an open look that it can be tough to make.”
Prince said that her normal advantage as an unconventional, undersized forward against taller forwards like Baylor’s Nina Davis was negated by Baylor’s speed.
“She was the same pace as me this game,” Prince said. “Normally I have a bigger, slower person on me, but this game, no.”
Even after the loss, Mittie was cautiously optimistic about his team’s future.
“We’ll have a chance to win every game down the stretch if we play well,” Mittie said. “If we don’t play well, we won’t have a chance. It’s as simple as that.”
Senior center Latricia Lovings registered five blocks in the loss, giving her 301 for her career and extending her school-record consecutive games with a block streak to 66.
The Frogs will take on the Texas Longhorns (17-9, 8-6 in the Big 12) in Austin next Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.