TCU women fall short at West Virginia

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.

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