TCU wrangles cross-town rivals SMU, 73-63

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    The Horned Frog women’s basketball team beat its rivals SMU 73-63 in a non-conference matchup at noon Wednesday in the TCU Recreation Center.

    Pebley had the Frogs in form as they started the game on a 14-2 run. TCU took two charges in three defensive plays and senior guard Natalie Ventress had the Mustangs fooled with a nice up-fake and right-handed layup finish.

    Junior guard Alexia Standish was on fire with a nice step back three-pointer and a pair of jumpers from long range.

    But SMU charged back from their 12 point deficit and tied the game up with 3:36 remaining in the first half.

    Both teams kept it close, trading leads five times. But Donielle Breaux made a hard drive to the lane, was fouled, and converted the three point play to put the Frogs up 33-30 at the end of the half.

    The Frogs started out the second half with a full court press, which got them a steal on the Mustangs’ second offensive play and led to a three that hit the rim, bounced up and fell back in.

    Zahna Medley had a great dribble drive step-back over two defenders, and with that two pointer, she was able to surpass 1,000 points for her Frog career.

    Things started getting a little crazy with fouls and hard-fought jump balls, but Standish still nailed a three to bring the lead back to eight before both teams initiated their press.

    The Frogs held a buffer of a few points up to the end and earned 12 points off free throws before the final buzzer rang. The Frogs prevailed 73-63 and TCU moves to 2-1 on the season.

    Senior guard Chelsea Prince was the scoring leader with 18 points.

    SMU shot 45 percent from the field and TCU shot an even worse 35 percent. However, the Frogs dominated the Mustangs with points off turnovers, posting a 36 to 20 advantage in their favor.

    TCU will play Texas Southern Saturday at 7 p.m. in the TCU Recreation Center.