Lauren Heard secured the late-game steal and propelled TCU to a 55-50 win over Ole Miss to win the Big12/SEC Challenge on Thursday night at The Pavilion.
“Sometimes you just have to win ugly and that was kind of how it went tonight,” TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said in a press release. “At the end we found a way. It was a collective effort by a lot of people. In a game like this there were a lot of key moments and key possessions. Whether it was Kianna (Ray) and Jayde (Woods) hitting free throws, the rebound at the end of the game by Lauren (Heard), Dakota (Vann) hitting a big three or Jordan (Moore) stepping up at the end. But Amy (Okonkwo) was a consistent threat for us all night. There were a lot of important, key figures in this game but we win as a team and this was a good team win.”
TCU (5-1) opened up with a 12-1 run and held the Lady Rebels (3-5) scoreless for the final 3:36 of the first quarter.
Senior forward Amy Okonkwo provided spark off the bench with 10 points and five rebounds to put the Frogs up 29-17 in the first half.
Ole Miss mounted a comeback and outscored the Frogs 23-10 to take the lead, 40-39, heading into the fourth quarter.
Okonkwo and Jordan Moore kept TCU alive, both pouring in double-doubles. Moore scored 10 of the last 12 TCU points to total 15 points and 15 rebounds. Okonkwo finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 8 of 12 shooting from the field.
The Frogs look to continue its success as they head home to take on Army on Sunday at 2 p.m.