Zahna Medley and Natalie Ventress each scored 14 points and TCU scored 44 points in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to catch West Virginia, which held on for a 76-71 victory Wednesday at WVU Coliseum.
Medley and Ventress were followed by Chelsea Prince with 13, and Veja Hamilton with 12.
The Mountaineers (14-8, 4-6 Big 12) opened a 39-27 lead in the first half against the Frogs (13-8, 5-5), but TCU fought back within four points late only to fall short. TCU was outrebounded 30-14 in the first half and shot just 32 percent.
Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers with 30 points, and Bre McDonald added 19, including back-to-back baskets early in the second half that pushed the West Virginia lead to 15 with 9:59 to play.
Trailing by nine with less than six minutes remaining, Ventress connected on a 3-pointer and, after a steal by Chelsea Prince, Medley scored on a layup to cut the Mountaineers’ lead to four, 64-60 with 4:27 to play.
However, McDonald answered with a basket and Holmes hit two more to extend WVU’s lead and the Frogs never threatened down the stretch.
The Frogs will take on Texas Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday at the University Recreation Center.