With Daniel-Meyer Coliseum undergoing renovations, the TCU women might have found a home at the University Recreation Center.
Aided by a loud crowd just feet from the court, TCU overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half to down No. 16 Oklahoma State 70-66.
“I think the setting they’re playing in right now is a huge advantage,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “If I were them, I would want to play the rest of their existence here, because it has a great atmosphere and the fans are right on top of you.”
The Horned Frogs (10-4, 2-1 Big 12) put together a 12-0 run in the final 7 minutes, taking their first lead with 5:16 left on a long jumper by junior guard Veja Hamilton.
After TCU extended its lead to 66-64, Hamilton provided a defensive stop on a risky steal attempt. After knocking the ball away from LaShawn Jones, Hamilton jumped over the end line to save the deflection in one swift motion. The result was two made free throws by senior forward Chelsea Prince, extending the Horned Frogs’ lead.
Hamilton finished with a season-high five steals to go along with 15 points.
TCU coach Raegan Pebley went with a five-guard look for the majority of the game in an effort to counter Oklahoma State’s strong post play with speed.
“Definitely one of the things that concerned us was their post play,” Pebley said. “We were ready to make some adjustments throughout the game if that was hurting us, being a smaller lineup.
“Defensively, I thought this guard lineup made one of our in-game adjustments and executed it really well. That helped us create a run.”
Despite the smaller lineup, TCU finished with just one fewer rebound than OSU (11-3, 1-2 Big 12)
Junior guard Zahna Medley finished with a team-high 17 points, and TCU demonstrated its versatility on offense with four players scoring in double figures.
“We didn’t guard the way were capable of guarding, and again credit TCU for having some talented players that can score off the bounce,” Littell said.
With one made 3-pointer in the game, senior guard Natalie Ventress tied Helena Sverrisdottir for fifth all-time in TCU history with 166 career 3’s.