The Lady Frogs saw a strong early performance sour Wednesday night when they blew a large second-half lead to No. 20 Brigham Young University, whose timely shooting boosted them to a late 67-64 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.The biggest discrepancy of the night laid in long-range shooting; BYU made seven more three-pointers than the Frogs, and shot 41 percent from the arc. Senior forward Ambrosia Anderson — who went 6 of 10 from deep – hit two three-pointers in the last five minutes of the game to push the late-forming Cougar lead to eight.
“The big difference was in threes,” head coach Jeff Mittie said. “They scored 21 more points than us there. I don’t think there’s any real question where the game was lost. That’s been a consistent problem for us all season.”
Despite the Cougars’ late push, TCU still found itself with the ball and a chance to tie with just under 20 seconds remaining. Junior forward Ashley Davis’ shot appeared to be partially blocked, and the clock ran out as Anderson rebounded the ball.
“We wanted to get it to Ashley,” Mittie said. “It’s just hard to get a good look at that point in the game.”
Mittie said the Frogs, who shot only 31 percent in the second half, struggled against BYU’s second-half defense.
“Offensively, we couldn’t score against their zone,” Mittie said. “We didn’t pass the ball well tonight and only finished with 10 assists. We were always looking at our first options and not necessarily our second or third.”
This game was a lost chance to move ahead in conference rankings, Mittie said.
“I think it’s a missed opportunity,” Mittie said. “But there’s a lot of basketball left.