TCU romps, Medley moves up in record books in win over Texas Tech

TCU Horned Frogs guard AJ Alix (23) and Texas Tech Lady Raiders guard Japreece Dean (24) scramble for a loose ball in the first period.
TCU Horned Frogs guard AJ Alix (23) and Texas Tech Lady Raiders guard Japreece Dean (24) scramble for a loose ball in the first period. Star-Telegram

As TCU set a Big 12 milestone, defeating Texas Tech by the Horned Frogs’ biggest margin since joining the conference, 69-48, senior guard Zahna Medley continued to move up the ranks as one of TCU’s best all-time offensive players.

Wednesday, Medley had eight assists, moving into third place all time in career assists, passing Jill Sutton’s 445.

Medley sits with 447 career assists, 14 behind Natasha Lacy in second place.

“It’s definitely exciting, but it wouldn’t be possible if my teammates didn’t make the shots,” Medley said. “I’m just trying to find when they’re open and give them the ball.”

Of her eight assists, four resulted in field goals from fellow senior Veja Hamilton, who finished with a team-high 14 points.

“Me and Z, we have really good chemistry,” Hamilton said. “I guess that’s just from playing with each other. She has a lot of confidence in me and I have a lot of confidence in her that she’ll find us when we’re open and we’ll hit the shots for her.”

TCU also completed the season sweep of the Lady Raiders after winning the first matchup on Dec. 30 in Lubbock 78-69.

The game was tied at 17 at the beginning of the second quarter when TCU found post Jordan Moore for four of her eight points.

While TCU (11-5, 3-2 Big 12) leads the conference in 3-point shooting percentage, coach Raegan Pebley said a balanced offensive attack was a focus of practice after TCU’s 72-55 loss to Baylor on Saturday.

In that game, TCU shot a better clip from behind the arc (36.4) than from the field (33.3).

“It’s definitely been something that we’re trying to work on more because we didn’t want to rely on 3-point shooting as much,” Hamilton said. “We had really good practices leading up to the game and we were able to continue to execute like we were in practice.”

TCU moved to a press late in the first half, sparking a 10-2 run thanks to four Lady Raiders turnovers.

Pebley said she was worried that her team might be a little fatigued after several hard practices following the Baylor loss that worked on more physical play against the Frogs’ all-male practice squad, which just returned to campus from Christmas break.

That physical play showed up closing out the game Wednesday against Tech (9-7, 0-5 Big 12), which was lacking in TCU’s two previous losses to Oklahoma and Baylor.

“We had to rebuild our identity and find our mojo through work ethic,” Peblely said. “I felt like them handling school being back in session and tough practices and really focusing in on what needed to get done today, showed a lot of maturity and growth from our team.”

Travis L. Brown:, @Travis_L_Brown.

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