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Frogs bow out to KU in Big 12 tournament

Kansas guard Kylee Kopatich, center, celebrates with teammates after Kansas defeated TCU in the Big 12 women's tournament.
Kansas guard Kylee Kopatich, center, celebrates with teammates after Kansas defeated TCU in the Big 12 women's tournament. AP

Zahna Medley, TCU’s all-time leading scorer, was held to 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting and the Horned Frogs were routed by Kansas 81-64 in the first round of the Big 12 women’s tournament.

The Jayhawks (6-24) finished the regular season 0-18 in Big 12 play but had given TCU a scare in the regular season finale Monday in Fort Worth before falling 55-52.

Kansas absolutely deserved this win and we absolutely did not.

TCU coach Raegan Pebley

The Frogs (16-14) will wait for a postseason invitation. They almost certainly needed to win the conference tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament. Kansas will face Texas at 6 tonight.

“Kansas absolutely deserved this win and we absolutely did not,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “Playing Kansas the times that we’ve played them prior to this game, watching them it was always shocking to me that they hadn’t won a game.

“They played very hard. They played good defense, you know.

Kansas shot a sizzling 54.7 percent from the field, including 58 percent in taking a 42-32 halftime lead at Chesapeake Energy Arena. TCU hit 21 of 58 shots in the game for 36.2 percent, including 33.3 percent trying to catch up in the second half.

Kansas used an 11-1 run to start the second quarter and put TCU in a 15-point hole. TCU got as close as 3 twice for the rest of the game.

AJ Alix led the Frogs with 16 points and Veja Hamilton, returning to game action after a suspension for a violation of team rules, had 12.

Kansas led 17-13 after the first quarter and then went on an 11-1 run in the second quarter for a 28-14 lead.

The Frogs cut the deficit to 42-39 in the third quarter before Kansas quickly built the lead back to 11.

Lauren Aldridge, who almost led the Jayhawks to victory in Fort Worth on Monday, scored a game-high 23 points. She hit 8 of 16 field goals.

Chayla Cheadler had 15 points, Kylee Kopatch 14 and Tyler Johnson 12.

Texas Tech 89 Iowa State 84

Dayo Olabode scored 20 points and made a 3-pointer in the final minute to help the Lady Raiders (13-17) pull away and beat the Cyclones (13-17) in a Big 12 tournament opener. Tech will play top-seeded Baylor.

Japreece Dean made four 3-pointers and finished with a career-best 28 points to lead Texas Tech, which has won two of its last three. Zuri Sanders added 13 points with 14 rebounds.

Seanna Johnson scored 28 points and Bridget Carleton had 27 for No. 8 seed Iowa State (13-17). The Cyclones never trailed in the fourth quarter until Sanders’ jumper gave Texas Tech a 76-74 lead with three minutes left. It was tied 80-all before Olabode made a 3, Texas Tech made all six free-throw attempts, and Carleton made just 1 of 4 field goals in the last 1:15.

Kansas

17

25

18

21

81

TCU

13

19

14

18

64

KANSAS (6-24) — Aldridge 8-16 5-6 23, Robertson 1-3 2-6 4, Cheadle 5-8 5-8 15, Kopatich 5-10 2-2 14, Johnson 5-7 2-2 12, Brown 2-4 1-2 5, O’Neal 2-4 0-0 6, Christopher 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-53 17-26 81.

TCU (16-14) — Medley 2-11 5-6 10, Butts 0-7 0-0 0, Alix 5-15 4-4 16, Diaz 2-2 1-3 6, Willie 2-2 0-0 4, Thompson 1-6 2-4 5, Hives-McCray 2-2 1-4 5, Hamilton 5-9 2-2 12, Moore 2-4 2-6 6, Totals 21-58 17-29 64.

3-point goals — Kansas 6-17 (O’Neal 2-4, Kopatich 2-5, Aldridge 2-6, Brown 0-1, Cheadle 0-1), TCU 5-16 (Alix 2-6, Diaz 1-1, Thompson 1-3, Medley 1-4, Butts 0-2). Fouled out — Butts. Rebounds — Kansas 35 (Kopatich 9), TCU 26 (Moore 7)). Assists — Kansas 17 (Cheadle, Aldridge, Kopatich 4), TCU 13 (Medley 6). Total fouls — Kansas 22, TCU 22.

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