WACO, Texas -- No. 24 TCU women's basketball played No. 3 Baylor even in the second half, but couldn't overcome a first-half deficit in an 83-63 loss at the Ferrell Center on Saturday night.
TCU (16-8, 7-6) was down by 11 points after one quarter and by 20 after two, due largely to some significant foul trouble, but played Baylor (23-1, 13-0) to an even score in final 20 minutes.
Jayde Woods led TCU with a career-high 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Amber Ramirez was just behind with 12 points. Kalani Brown led Baylor with 23 points while Lauren Cox added 16 and the two combined to make 15-of-21 shots.
TCU has lost three straight games, all against ranked teams. However, after they opened Big 12 play with a three-game skid, the Frogs responded with seven consecutive wins.
Midway through the first quarter, the Frogs held Baylor scoreless for over two minutes, pulling to within four points at 10-6 with 6:01 to go. However, the Frogs made just one more field goal in the quarter from that point and trailed 21-10 after 10 minutes.
The Frogs made just 4-of-14 shots in the opening quarter while Baylor hit 8-of-14 and forced the Frogs into seven turnovers. The Frogs would get the deficit back to single digits with a Jayde Woods layup on the opening possession of the second quarter, but Baylor scored five straight after that and went on to push the lead to 20 points at halftime.
Baylor ended a fairly even third quarter on a 6-0 run, and then started the fourth on a 7-2 run. However, TCU responded with a 13-0 spurt midway through the fourth quarter and played the Bears to an even 39-39 score in the second half.
Stat of the Game
8 -- The Frogs outscored the Lady Bears by eight points, 23-15, in the fourth quarter. That was with Baylor's starting five playing a majority of the minutes. TCU made 8-of-15 shots, including 3-of-4 from deep, in the quarter.
Quote of the Game
"I think the same conversation should be going on about the Big 12 on the women's side that is happening on the men's side. There is so much parity in our conference, and we should be a league where you are looking at more than four teams that are in legitimate contention because of the quality of competition and the quality of games that are in our league." - Raegan Pebley
The Frogs return home for two games next week, starting with Iowa State on Wednesday. It will be "We Love Our Fans" night at Schollmaier Arena and every fan will get to spin a prize wheel as they enter the arena.