FORT WORTH, Texas – For one half on Tuesday night at TCU, Sam Houston State women’s basketball gave the Horned Frogs all they could handle. After the break, however, the Frogs fired off a 23-0 run in the third quarter, racing away with an 81-37 victory from Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.
Sam Houston (0-2) was led by Jennifer Oramas, who tallied 11 points while senior Jasmine McCants brought down a career-best 14 rebounds. TCU (2-0) was led by 14 points from Toree Thomas, who was among four Horned Frogs in double-digit scoring.
The Bearkats outrebounded TCU, 50-37 but could not overcome a 28-6 turnover-to-assist ratio. After getting off to a slugging start against Arkansas and struggling in the second half against the Frogs, Sam Houston will look to put it together on Friday at 11 a.m. when the squad hosts Wiley College.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bearkats recovered from a pair of early five-point deficits, taking an 11-10 lead on an Angela Delaney free throw. Sam Houston went toe-to-toe with the Horned Frogs, charged by Jennifer Oramas, who drained a 3-pointer and accounted for five first-quarter points and a team-leading nine in the first half.
TCU would score the final four points of the opening quarter and gained its largest lead at the time of seven points courtesy of an Amy Okonkwo layup with 5:15 in the second quarter. The Bearkats continued to keep it close as Morghen Day cut the deficit to 17-14 with a 3-pointer of her own.
After Oramas again drained a three, trimming the Frogs lead to four at 23-19, TCU responded with a 5-0 run, forcing Sam Houston turnovers on three straight possessions and built its largest lead of the game at 28-19. The Kats went scoreless over 3 ½ minutes during the stretch but Day answered again with another three to trim the TCU lead to 28-22 entering the half.
Despite a substantial size difference, the Bearkats proved to be their biggest nemesis in the opening 20 minutes, making just 8 of 18 (44.4 percent) from the charity stripe.
Backed back a full-court press and pair of Sam Houston turnovers, TCU opened the third quarter on a 23-0 run including seven from Jada Butts to build a 29-point advantage at 51-22. The Horned Frogs forced six turnovers during that time before Rachel Harrell drained a 3-pointer six minutes into the frame.
In all, Sam Houston was outscored 38-5 in the third quarter as the Horned Frogs shot 72.2 percent from the field in the frame including 4 for 8 from behind the arc while effectively using its half-court trap. TCU went on a 13-0 run in the fourth and held the Kats scoreless over 6 ½ minutes.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Angela Delaney registered a career-best seven points and added six rebounds while Jasmine McCants brought home a career-best 14 boards. Jennifer Oramas stole the show early, turning heads while playing a key role in keeping it close, tallying a team-leading 11 points including a pair of 3-pointers.
Sam Houston was held to 9.4 percent shooting in the second half, being held 2 for 14 from the field in the third quarter and 1 for 18 in the final frame. The final 20 minutes were a stark contrast to the opening 20 in which Sam Houston held one lead and found itself six points down at the break.
Sam Houston head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols…
“We learned a lot in that first half. It was a heck of a first half now we have to put together that second half. We did a lot of good things early. We outrebounded them and that is a very big positive for us. We knew the momentum could flip in the second half and we just weren’t ready for it. We never stopped fighting, we went after loose balls and we just have to keep a positive attitude.”