All good things must come to an end.
The TCU women saw a 12-game home winning streak snapped at the hands of No. 3 Notre Dame on Saturday 88-72 in the team’s final game in the University Recreation Center.
TCU (7-3) pulled within three points early in the second quarter, but had no answer for Notre Dame’s 3-point shooting ability from the corners.
The Irish (9-1) moved the ball around the perimeter until getting a wide-open 3-point look, and senior guard Michaela Mabrey hit three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the second quarter, including two from the corners as Notre Dame pushed it lead to 11.
“I felt like, with our team, our transition defense wasn’t good enough,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “This was probably a game where we go back and look at film more. We’re going to see that the team that gave up the most uncontested shots was the team that lost.”
The Irish began to pull away early in the second half, shooting 6 for 8 from the field in the first five minutes. With freshman center Jordan Moore on the bench in favor of a more athletic lineup, Irish coach Muffet McGraw worked guard mismatches in the post for high-percentage shots.
“We went smaller in the second half because they didn’t have the big [players] in there, and I think that was to our advantage,” McGraw said.
TCU’s offense flowed through Moore to begin the game, netting two of three shots from the field in the opening minutes.
Moore, a freshman from Round Rock, played 19 minutes, slightly down from a 22.8 average over the past four games, with 13 minutes coming in the first half.
“I really am trying to keep up with my team,” Moore said. “My guards give me the ball and I try to finish strong as best as I can.”
Moore finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Senior guard Zahna Medley scored a game-high 22 points, bested only this season by her 31-point performance against UT Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 28.
“She mixed it up well, driving and shooting the three,” McGraw said of Medley. “Went to the basket well. Just really hard to guard. Obviously, a tough matchup for us.”
Five Irish players finished in double figures, led by freshman guard Arike Ogunbowale with a career-high 21. Kathryn Westbeld collected her second career double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
With the loss, TCU closes its stay at the University Recreation Center with a 21-4 record with two of the four losses coming against top-five ranked teams. The Frogs move into the newly renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena for the first time Dec. 20 against Southern Utah.
“I’ve been able to have the opportunity to play in three different gyms and all of them at TCU, so I think each one has its own memories and experiences,” Medley said.
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NOTRE DAME (9-1) — Ma. Mabrey 3-8 1-2 9, Allen 5-10 0-0 10, Cable 7-12 0-0 16, Mi. Mabrey 4-7 3-3 15, Westbeld 5-7 2-2 12, Ogunbowale 7-12 7-10 21, Johnson 0-0 1-2 1, Nelson 1-2 0-0 2, Huffman 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-60 14-19 88.
TCU (7-3) — Hamilton 7-15 0-0 15, Medley 7-15 4-5 22, Butts 3-9 2-4 9, Moore 2-5 4-4 8, Alix 2-12 1-1 5, Thompson 2-5 2-2 7, Hives-McCray 1-3 0-0 2, Diaz 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 25-65 15-18 72.
3-Point Goals_Notre Dame 8-18 (Mi. Mabrey 4-7, Ma. Mabrey 2-4, Cable 2-6, Ogunbowale 0-1), TCU 7-23 (Medley 4-10, Hamilton 1-1, Thompson 1-3, Butts 1-3, Alix 0-6). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Notre Dame 37 (Westbeld 14), TCU 33 (Diaz 9). Assists_Notre Dame 24 (Mi. Mabrey 8), TCU 13 (Alix, Butts 4). Total Fouls_Notre Dame 17, TCU 19. A_1,628.