Texas A&M women's basketball coach Gary Blair was in a rush to leave Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday afternoon after his No. 8 Aggies defeated TCU 68-53.
Blair, who led A&M (7-2) to its first NCAA championship last year, had tickets to the Cowboys-Giants game.
TCU coach Jeff Mittie didn't have the luxury of thinking ahead to a football game. He and his Horned Frogs still have too much to work on.
"Gary won," Mittie said. "I'm gonna watch film."
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TCU (4-5) didn't score its first basket until Whitney Williams hit a 3-pointer more than four minutes into the game. Later in the first half, the Frogs went without a point for more than six minutes against A&M's full-court pressure defense.
"That's how we get out and get in our offense," Aggies guard Tyra White said. "We wanted to pressure the ball, get turnovers and get fast breaks."
After struggling offensively for much of the first half, TCU trailed by just nine, 28-19, at halftime.
"We didn't quit," Mittie said. "This group hung in there."
Senior Antoinette Thompson's layup cut A&M's lead to 28-21 on TCU's first possession of the second half, but the Frogs couldn't get closer.
A&M responded with an 8-0 run to push its advantage back to 15.
"I thought there were a ton of wasted chances," Mittie said. "I thought we had opportunities."
TCU kept battling. Sophomore Briesha Wynn and freshman Chelsea Prince provided a boost off the bench. Wynn led the Frogs with 14 points, and Prince added 10. While TCU couldn't keep up with A&M, Blair was impressed with the Frogs' potential.
"They are young, and they are going to be very good," he said.
TCU pulled back within 10 points four times, and nine points once, but couldn't come up with a big play to keep its scoring runs going.
"It seemed like an uphill climb most of the day," Mittie said. "It seemed like every time we had a chance to get it to seven or six, we had a turnover. We just had plenty of opportunities and we couldn't get over the hump."
A&M, which had a size advantage with three players 6-foot-4 or taller, outrebounded TCU 48-27, including 21 offensive boards. Mittie said completing a comeback is much tougher when the opposing team has a large rebounding advantage.
"Almost impossible," Mittie said. "We shot 50 percent in the second half and lost ground. They ended up with 64 shots to our 56, and they got to the free-throw line seven more times."
Brent Shirley, 817-390-7760