TCU Stuns Lady Raiders at the Buzzer

FORT WORTH – Despite leading by six points with 5:38 to play in the ballgame, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders fell to the TCU Horned Frogs 51-50 at the buzzer Wednesday night at Schollmaier Arena. 

Texas Tech (9-8, 2-4 Big 12) led 47-41, and by four (50-46) with 84 seconds left, but the Horned Frogs (6-8, 2-3 Big 12) used a corner triple with less than three seconds to play to down the Lady Raiders by one. 

The previous possession for the Lady Raiders ended on a pair of missed free throws, allowing the Horned Frogs to call timeout trailing 50-48 with 10 seconds left. 

On the ensuing TCU possession, Vivian Gray tipped a cross court pass. The ball looked to be rolling out of bounds with around three seconds to play, but instead the ball fell right to Aja Holmes who alertly picked up the ball and nailed her lone triple of the night. 

The shot gave TCU a 51-50 lead with just four-tenths of a second to play. 

After a pair of timeouts, head coach Krista Gerlich called the perfect in bounds play that found a cutting Taylah Thomas wide open under the basket, but Thomas’ layup off the glass bounced around the rim and just out. 

In defeat, Faye scored a game-high 18 points on 9-of-19 shooting. The forward added nine rebounds, three steals and a trio of blocks. The only other Lady Raider in double-figures was Thomas who ended up with 10 points and 11 rebounds.   

Tech used an early jumper from Bryn Gerlich and a pair of layups from Faye to take an early 6-5 lead with 6:30 to play in the first quarter. 

After TCU used its second and final triple of the opening quarter to take an 8-6 lead with 6:16 to play, Gray answered with a pullup jumper 4:01 to play that tied the score at eight. 

On the ensuing TCU possession Lauren Heard hit a setback jumper that gave the home team a 10-8 lead with 3:45 to play. 

The basket by Heard was the final points that would be scored in the opening period, as TCU led 10-8 after one. 

Powered by Faye, Tech would erupt for eight of the first 11 points to take a 16-13 lead with 6:42 left in the period. 

The teams traded baskets over next two minutes of action, as Tech enjoyed a 20-17 lead with 4:30 to play in the half. 

After TCU scored four of the next six to tie the game at 22 with 2:54 to play, the Lady Raiders used a pair of free throws from Rhyle McKinney to take a 24-22 lead into the break. 

In the third, Tech used yet another basket from Faye to take a 26-22 advantage with 8:27 to play in the period. 

The Horned Frogs and Lady Raiders continued to trade punches down the stretch as Tech enjoyed a 34-31 advantage with 3:04 left in the third. 

TCU scored seven of the next nine to take a brief 38-36 lead, before Faye and Tech tied the game at 38 with 35 ticks to play. 

The game went to the fourth tied at 38 all. 

In the fourth, Tech continued to feed its post player (Faye), as the second-year freshman scored four early points. Combined with a triple from McKinney and a jumper from Gray, Tech was able to score nine of the first 12 points to take the aforementioned 47-41 lead with 5:38 left in the game. 

Needing a run, TCU used a layup and an and-one from Holmes to draw to within one (47-46) with 4:43 to play. 

The game remained deadlocked at that score until Gray broke the ice with a jumper with 2:14 to play that gave her team a 49-46 lead. 

The two teams would trade misses on their next possession, before the Lady Raiders forced a miss from Heard with 1:26 to play. 

Gerlich corralled the missed shot and was fouled. The guard missed the first free throw before rebounding to make the second. The made shot from the charity strip gave the Lady Raiders a 50-46 lead with just under 90 ticks to play. 

On the ensuing Horned Frogs possession, Yummy Morris connected on a jumper that brought TCU to within two with 68 seconds left. 

Tech missed a shot on the opposite end with 35 seconds, and Morris grabbed the rebound. 

With 19 seconds to play, Morris drove the lane and missed a layup. 

Faye cleared the rebound and got the ball ahead to Gerlich who was fouled with 14 seconds left. 

After missing the first, the second shot also rattled out and was no good. TCU corralled the loose ball with just over 10 ticks to play and called timeout. The 30 second timeout allowed the Horned Frogs to advance the ball into the front court. 

Following the timeout, Gray tipped the ball loose with just over three seconds to play, but the ball rolled right to Holmes who made the game-winner. 

“What a heartbreaking loss. I thought our kids really battled, and so did TCU. It was a great game and there were some really big shots in some big moments. It was a really great defensive battle, but I really feel badly for our kids in that locker room because they’re crushed. They are beating themselves up about the loss. We just need to pick ourselves back up and get ready for Kansas. The Big 12 is no joke. This team is still learning how difficult it is to play in the Big 12 particularly on the road. We have to continue to show up to practice every day and be prepared, and really stay locked in. We have to start games better so we can set the tone and not trade baskets.”

On the last chance layup:
“We gave ourselves a chance to win and it’s unfortunate it didn’t go in, but we lost that game way before that play. But we did a good job of executing what we drew up.” 

On Hadi Faye:
“Hadi is really battling, and she’s trying to give her all, and give her teammates everything she has. She’s battling on the boards and is being a great defensive stopper for us inside. Hopefully she’ll continue to get easier and easier buckets.” 

• Faye now has eight steals in her last two games.
• The Lady Raiders turned the ball over just 11 times and forced 17 TCU turnovers.
• Faye has now scored 29 points the last two games, after scoring 11 against K-State.
• Tech did not allow a second chance point and has now allowed just seven over the last four games.
• The Lady Raiders grabbed 12 offensive board and out rebounded TCU 38-34. They have now out rebounded all six Big 12 opponents this season.
• Tech had 12 steals.
• The Lady Raiders made just 1-of-7 from behind the 3-point arc. The Horned Frogs outscored the Lady Raiders 15-3 from behind the arc.

The Lady Raiders will look to rebound Saturday at Kansas. Tip-off from Allen Fieldhouse is set for 4 p.m.


Release provided by Texas Tech Athletics

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