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TCU women stretch streak to six with first win against Oklahoma since 2014

The TCU women’s basketball team stretched its win streak to six with a 62-58 win over Oklahoma Saturday afternoon at Schollmaier Arena.

Down by five with 8:26 remaining, No. 24 TCU dialed up the defense down the stretch.

Guard Amber Ramirez came off the bench to score all of her nine points in the decisive final two minutes.

Lauren Heard’s 3-pointer tied it at 53-53 with 2:48 left. Ramirez’s layup gave TCU its first lead since the third quarter with just under two minutes remaining. She followed that with a 3 from the corner to give TCU a five-point lead. Her two free throws with 15 seconds left and a layup on an assist from Kianna Ray with 7 seconds left iced the win for the Frogs (15-5, 6-3 Big 12).

TCU beat the Sooners for the first time in the past eight tries and first during head coach Raegan Pebley’s tenure.

“I was ready for it. Coach gave me the confidence to shoot the ball so I shot it when I was open,” said Ramirez, who was 3 of 6 in 14 minutes. Lauren Heard and Ray had 12 and 11 points.

The conference win streak is the longest for the Frogs since winning six straight in the Mountain West in 2011.

“We stay humble,” Ramirez said. “We always have to fight. And have that mentality that we have to work hard for a win, it’s not going to be handed to us no matter how many wins we have in a row.”

Saturday’s win against the Sooners (10-11, 5-5) avenged the Frogs’ last conference loss in Norman Jan. 4. The Sooners ran away with an 84-71 win that day, despite the Frogs starting the fourth quarter with a three-point lead. The loss put TCU in an 0-3 hole in the Big 12.

It was the Sooners who started the fourth quarter with a three-point lead Saturday. As they have done through much of the win streak, the Frogs tightened up defensively.

“It’s the Big 12 so it’s physical every game,” Pebley said. “It was super physical inside [today]. I think our team embraces that. We’ve had a lot of tight games in this stretch and defense is what wins it for us.”

Ray 3-pointee pulled TCU to within47-55 with 7:30 left

Ray drove for a layup and drew the foul, her free throw tied it at 50-50 with just under 5:00 remaining.

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OKLAHOMA (10-11)—Pierre-Louis 3-7 6-9 12, Llanusa 6-15 1-2 14, Manning 1-7 0-0 3, Ortiz 3-13 2-2 10, Pellington 7-14 5-9 19, Odimgbe 0-0 0-0 0, Penzo 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 20-57 14-22 58.

TCU (15-5)—Akomolafe 2-3 1-1 5, Moore 1-12 4-5 6, Coleman 1-7 0-0 2, Ray 4-12 1-1 11, Woods 1-3 0-0 2, Hellessey 0-1 2-2 2, Okonkwo 1-7 2-2 5, Heard 5-7 0-0 12, Ramirez 3-6 2-2 9, Vann 3-6 1-1 8, Totals 21-64 13-14 62.

3-Point Goals—Oklahoma 4-17 (Llanusa 1-5, Manning 1-2, Ortiz 2-9, Penzo 0-1), TCU 7-18 (Ray 2-4, Hellessey 0-1, Okonkwo 1-3, Heard 2-4, Ramirez 1-2, Vann 1-4). Assists—Oklahoma 14 (Penzo 4), TCU 15 (Ray 4). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oklahoma 48 (Pierre-Louis 14), TCU 35 (Moore 11). Total Fouls—Oklahoma 15, TCU 17. A—2,882.

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