Women's Basketball

TCU women lose to Yale;UTA upset bid falls short

UT Arlington guard DJ Bryant (2) dribbles the ball around Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
UT Arlington guard DJ Bryant (2) dribbles the ball around Alabama guard Avery Johnson Jr. (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. AP

The TCU women’s basketball team sustained its first loss of the season Tuesday night in a 82-72 setback to Yale at Schollmaier Arena.

Amy Okonkwo scored 18 points off the bench to lead the Horned Frogs (3-1). Amber Ramirez and Toree Thompson each added 13 points, and freshman Lauren Heard had 12.

Jen Berkowitz sparked Yale (3-1) with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. The Bulldogs sank 10 of 13 shots in the fourth quarter and 53 percent overall to hold off the Frogs.

TCU missed its first six shots and didn’t score until almost five minutes into the game.

The Horned Frogs next travel to Northridge, Calif., to play in the Warner Center Marriott Thanksgiving Classic. TCU takes on Arizona at 7 p.m. Friday, then will play host Cal State University Northridge or Idaho on Saturday.

Bama tops UTA

The UT Arlington men’s basketball team nearly pulled off another big road upset before falling 77-76 at No. 25 Alabama on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks (2-1) had possession in the closing seconds but senior guard Erick Neal was closely guarded and couldn’t get off a good look at the basket as time expired.

Neal had a solid game, though, finishing with 16 points and 12 assists as UTA shot 51.7 percent from the field. The Mavericks shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half to take a 46-41 halftime lead but dropped to 36.4 percent in the second half.

Senior forward Kevin Hervey scored a team-high 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added six rebounds and three assists.

Freshman point guard Collin Sexton, a McDonald’s All-American, led Alabama (4-0) with 29 points and was the only Crimson Tide player in double figures.

The Crimson Tide had entered the AP rankings for the first time this week, marking their first appearance since the week of Dec. 17, 2011.

Alabama shot 50.9 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the free throw line. UT-Arlington outrebounded Alabama 33-28.

This report includes material from The Associated Press.

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