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No. 24 TCU women edge Kansas State on road for 5th straight win

TCU forward Amy Okonkwo, right, in action Jan. 10 against Texas, scored 22 points to lead the Horned Frogs past Kansas State. Okonkwo was named the Big 12 Conference Six Man of the Year on Wednesday.
TCU forward Amy Okonkwo, right, in action Jan. 10 against Texas, scored 22 points to lead the Horned Frogs past Kansas State. Okonkwo was named the Big 12 Conference Six Man of the Year on Wednesday. AP

Amy Okonkwo scored 22 points as the No. 24 TCU women’s basketball team held on late to beat Kansas State 68-63 Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kan., for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Horned Frogs (14-5, 5-3 Big 12), playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2010, outscored the Wildcats (11-9, 3-6) 24-13 in the third quarter to grab a 58-47 lead after the teams were tied 34-34 at halftime.

But TCU then went cold, going scoreless for nearly five minutes early in the fourth quarter as Kansas State climbed back in the game. The Wildcats cut the deficit to 65-53 with under a minute remaining, but Kianna Ray made one of two free throws and then stole an inbounds pass and set up a layup by Okonkwo to seal the victory.

Okonkwo was 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-3 from 3-point range, and connected on all seven of her free-throw attempts.

Sydney Coleman added 10 points and six rebounds for TCU.

The Horned Frogs’ five-game winning streak is their first since 2013-14, and the five consecutive conference wins is a first since a six-game streak in the Mountain West Conference in 2010-11.

The Frogs look to extend their win streak as they return home to host Oklahoma at Schollmaier Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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