TCU holds off UTSA on Wednesday night, 73-64
FORT WORTH — Senior Simone Young scored a career-high 29 points, including 18 straight in the first half, but TCU opened the game on a 15-3 run and never trailed in a 73-64 victory against UTSA on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Young, who eclipsed her season high of 14 points in the game’s first 10 minutes, went 11-of-29 from the floor and 7-of-16 from behind the arc to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Kamra King added 10 points and freshman Niaga Mitchell-Cole tied a season-high with nine for the Roadrunners (5-4), who dropped their third consecutive outing.
Meanwhile, Natalie Ventress scored 18 points to pace the Horned Frogs (4-2), who became just the first team to score more than 70 points against UTSA this season.
TCU came out of the gates on fire from the floor and quickly built a 12-point lead. The Horned Frogs hit five of their first seven shots and held the Roadrunners off the scoreboard until senior Whitney York’s 3-point play with 16:32 to play in the opening half.
However, Young answered with 18 consecutive points to help UTSA pull to within three, 24-21, with 9:02 to play in the stanza.
The West Memphis, Ark., native hit seven of her first nine attempts from the floor, including four of her first five from behind the arc, and single-handedly kept the Roadrunners in the game.
Young started her string of consecutive points with a jumper and 3-pointer before back-to-back treys trimmed the deficit to three at 19-16. Minutes later, another jumper and 3-pointer capped her scoring streak.
However, that was as close as UTSA got, as TCU scored 16 of the final 21 points of the half and took a 40-26 lead into intermission.
Much like the game’s start, the Horned Frogs opened the second half on a tear by scoring the first 10 points and 21 of the first 28 overall for a 61-33 lead with 13:23 to play.
Meagan Henson’s basket at the 9:22 mark pushed TCU's advantage to 65-40, before the UTSA defense clamped down and helped start a comeback.
The Roadrunners held the Horned Frogs to just one field goal the rest of the way and outscored the home squad, 24-8.
King opened the stretch with a 3-pointer before layups from Mitchell-Cole and senior Cori Cooper. Following a free throw, Young hit back-to-back triples to cut the deficit to 12 (66-54) with 3:58 remaining.
Young connected again from behind the arc to trim the margin to single-digits (68-60) with just 2:32 to play.
UTSA got as close as 70-64 with 26 ticks left, but TCU salted the game away at the free-throw line and hit 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) freebies in the triumph.
After shooting 50 percent in the opening half, the Horned Frogs hit just 26.5 percent in the second half and finished at 37.1 percent overall.
Meanwhile, the Roadrunners closed the game at 32.4 percent and outscored TCU, 24-16, in the paint.
UTSA will return to the Convocation Center on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt against UNLV (3-5).