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TCU Women Fall in WNIT Semifinal

The Frogs finish the season with 23 wins, their most since 2007-08.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – TCU women’s basketball’s postseason run came to an end in the WNIT semifinals on Wednesday as the Frogs fell to Indiana, 71-59, inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

TCU (23-13) finishes the season with its most wins since 2007-08 and with the deepest WNIT run in program history. The Frogs had won on the road in their two previous WNIT games, but went cold on Wednesday night.

TCU was averaging over 80 points in its four WNIT games, but shot just 35 percent against Indiana (22-14) as the Hoosiers shot 53 percent, including 62 percent in the second half.

Dakota Vann led the Frogs with 13 points, including three of TCU’s six 3-pointers. Amy Okonkwo was also in double figures with 11 points. Both came off the bench as TCU’s bench outscored Indiana’s, 37-0.

Defining Moments

Despite its poor shooting, TCU was down by just four points at halftime, 32-28. The Hoosiers, however, opened the third quarter with 3-pointers on their first two possession, pushing the lead to 10 points in just over a minute.

Indiana would go on to make 7-of-10 shots in the third quarter, including three 3-pointers, to take a 51-40 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

TCU would get that lead down to eight points, 51-43, on a Vann 3-pointer with 8:35 remaining in the game, but went scoreless over the next two minutes as Indiana pulled away again. The Hoosiers would build the lead up to as much as 18 points late the fourth quarter.

Stat of the Game

35 – TCU shot just 35 percent (23-of-66), that after shooting over 50 percent in all four of its previous WNIT games. The Frogs were averaging over 80 points per game in the WNIT before Wednesday.

Quote of the Game

“Indiana deserves a lot of credit. This was a great atmosphere. I think the road games caught up to us. Not finishing layups, missing free throws, not pushing tempo like we can; I think we were just a little fatigued. We really tried to push, but it just felt like we were playing uphill all game.” – Raegan Pebley

Up Next

TCU’s successful season comes to an end as the Frogs won 23 games for the first time since 2010-11, made the deepest postseason run in program history, had a program-best seven-game Big 12 winning streak and spent three weeks in the top 25.

TCU’s two seniors, Toree Thompson and Sydney Coleman, will both become TCU graduates in May.

TCU Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes

WNIT Semifinals

March 28, 2018 – Bloomington, Ind. (Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall)

TCU (23-13) – 58

Indiana (22-14) – 71

Team Notes

* TCU played in the WNIT semifinals for the first time in its six appearances in the tournament.

* TCU is playing in its 15th postseason tournament in program history, all in the last 18 seasons.

* TCU is now 9-6 all-time in the WNIT, including 3-5 on the road. This was the first of the six losses not decided by eight points or less.

* TCU finishes the season with 23 wins, its most since also winning 23 in 2007-08.

* TCU played a 36th game for the second time in program history and first time since 1980-81. This is also second season in which TCU has played on March 28 or later.

* TCU was averaging over 80 points per game in the WNIT and had shot over 50 percent in all four games. The Frogs shot just 34.8 percent (23-of-66) on their way to 58 points.

* With a 37-0 margin, TCU has now scored more bench points than its opponent in 35 consecutive games. The season opener against Oral Roberts is the only game TCU’s bench hasn’t outscored its opponent.

* TCU had a starting lineup of Lauren Heard, Jayde Woods, Kianna Ray, Adeola Akomolafe and Jordan Moore for the fourth straight game.

* With its six 3-pointers, TCU now has 253 this season, the most in program history.

* TCU already had the most points and assists in program history entering Sunday. The Frogs now have 2,691 points and 593 assists this season. TCU’s 74.8 scoring average ranks second in TCU history and its 16.5 assist average ranks second.

* TCU also has the best assist-turnover ratio in program history at 1.07

Jordan Moore

* With six rebounds, now has 599 in her career, the eighth most in TCU history.

* Finishes the season with a .560 field goal percentage, the third best in single season in TCU history.

Amy Okonkwo

* Scored 11 points

* Double-figure scoring for the 27th time this season; 46th time in her career.

* With 11 points, finished with 519 this season, the sixth most in a single season in TCU history.

* With two made free throws, finished the season with 120, the eighth most in a single season in TCU history.

* Finishes the season with an 88.1 free throw percentage, the second best in single season in TCU history.

Dakota Vann

* Scored team-high 13 points with three 3-pointers

* Double-figure scoring for the fourth time this season; 15th time in the junior’s Division I career (played freshman season at Loyola-Chicago).

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