It’s hard for any team in the Big 12 to say they beat themselves when facing No. 6 Baylor.
But TCU coach Jeff Mittie said they certainly took themselves out of contention with their offensive play in the Horned Frogs’ 69-46 loss to the Lady Bears on Saturday.
“I think we had some open looks and when you play a team like that you have to bury it,” Mittie said. “I think we left some out there.”
TCU (15-12, 6-9 Big 12) remained at a reasonable deficit throughout the majority of the game with strong defensive play and 14 Baylor turnovers, 10 of those on steals. The 14 turnovers were tied for the third most Baylor (24-3, 14-1) had given up through Big 12 play this season and the steals were the most by a Baylor opponent in conference play.
On offense, however, the Frogs could get nothing done, even when they managed to come up with an open look against Baylor’s tough defense.
TCU shot 24.6 percent from the field, which included just 20 percent in the first half.
TCU’s leading offensive threat, sophomore guard Zahna Medley, was 3-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers, but those accounted for her only made shots from the field in 14 attempts.
TCU received minimal production from junior guard Natalie Ventress, who scored nine points, five of which came in garbage time at the end of the game.
“I had open shots,” Medley said. “I felt like when I shot it and it left my hand it was going in every time, but it just went in and out of the basket. I got easy looks, a lot of them were open, I just missed open shots.”
TCU managed a small comeback midway through the second half, bringing the game within 40-31, but miscues on offense prevented any more momentum.
In a span of 2 1/2 minutes with Baylor leading by 11 at the most, TCU failed to convert on five straight offensive chances, four of which were layups, before Baylor ultimately ran away with the game.
“On the surface, I think a lot of those, they just missed them,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
TCU held the nation’s leading scorer and Irving MacArthur alumnus Odyssey Sims to 17 points, well below her average of 30. But Baylor found help in three other scorers in double digits, including sophomore post Kristina Higgins, who finished with 10 points, her first double-digit finish against a Big 12 opponent.
TCU junior forward Chelsea Prince stepped up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double and a point behind Medley’s team high.
“Ventress and Z had rough days today,” Mittie said. “We have to have them score points for us to win a game like this.”