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Ventress scores season-high 20 but TCU women fall in tourney opener

The TCU women’s basketball team dropped a 76-62 decision to Colorado State on Friday evening in the opening contest of the 2014 OMNI Classic at the Coors Events Center.

Senior guard Natalie Ventress led the Horned Frogs (3-2) with a season-high 20 points and a team-best seven rebounds while shooting 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from long range.

The Frogs missed their first seven shots to open the contest and fell behind 7-0 before firing up a 3-point barrage where they connected on eight first-half triples.

Freshman guard AJ Alix sparked the run with a 3-pointer and senior guard Donielle Breaux followed on the next possession with a bucket from distance.

After falling behind 13-6, senior forward Chelsea Prince, Alix and Breaux drained back-to-back-to-back 3s to give TCU its first lead of the night at 15-13.

Ventress gave TCU its final lead with just under a minute to play before halftime when she drove in for a layup, accounting for nine-straight points for the Frogs.

The Rams (3-1) would score the final four points for a 35-32 halftime advantage, marking the first time the Frogs trailed at the break this season.

Breaux scored in double figures for the third time this season with 13 points, while Prince also hit double digits for the third time with 12.

The Horned Frogs shot 46 percent in the first half, including a 63-percent clip after missing their first seven shots, but managed to shoot just 36 percent in the final 20 minutes.

Gritt Ryder led the Rams with a game-high 25 points.

TCU returns to action at 6 p.m. Saturday against Missouri State, an 87-59 loser to Colorado on Friday.

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