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Okonkwo and Moore do their jobs, but poor overall shooting effort dooms TCU in Arizona

TCU forward Adeola Akomolafe goes up for a shot against Arizona in a WNIT semifinal in Tucson, AZ on April 3, 2019.
TCU forward Adeola Akomolafe goes up for a shot against Arizona in a WNIT semifinal in Tucson, AZ on April 3, 2019. TCU Athletics

TCU senior forward Amy Okonkwo scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds but TCU shot 26 percent from the field in a 59-53 loss to Arizona in the WNIT semifinals on Wednesday at the McKale Center in Tucson, AZ.

Fellow senior Jordan Moore also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Frogs dominated the glass, 50-33. Unfortunately for Raegan Pebley’s club, their shots from deep weren’t finding the bottom of the net as they were just 8 of 30 from 3-point range.

Aari McDonald, who led the Pac 12 in points per game (24.5), had 19 points and 9 rebounds for Arizona, which built a 24-13 lead nearly five minutes into the second quarter on a Sam Thomas trey.

Okonkwo powered the Horned Frogs on an 11-2 run to send it in to halftime, 29-23. She hit a three with 4:45 left in the game to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 46-41, and then Kianna Ray’s layup 20 seconds later made it a three-point UA lead.

But that was as close as TCU (24-11) would get to Arizona (23-13), which forced 15 turnovers and blocked eight shots.

Arizona will face Northwestern in the WNIT final after it defeated James Madison, 74-69.

TCU junior guard Desmond Bane was part of the Frogs' first NIT championship in 2017. He's been to Madison Square Garden, and is excited to return for this year's NIT semifinals.

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Sports editor William Wilkerson is back for his second stint with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He first worked at the paper after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. He most recently was the Executive Editor of College-Team Sites for CBS Interactive/247Sports and has also worked at ESPN, Scout.com and the Austin American-Statesman.
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