FORT WORTH, TX - Following a conference-opening victory against Texas Tech the TCU conference game in the new Ed and Rae Schollmaier Stadium in Fort Worth.
TCU led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter after capitalizing on multiple Wildcat turnovers and rebounds. Kansas State kept it close for most of the period, but was unable to regain the lead. Horned Frogs guard Veja Hamilton led TCU scoring half of the total first quarter points with 10.
TCU was able to hold onto a steady lead throughout the 2nd quarter, ending 37-30 at half. The Wildcats struggled to counter the heavy attack of the Frog's offense, continually falling victim to a strong TCU defense.
Standout performances from Horned Frogs guards Zahna Medley and Hamilton helped secure TCU's continual lead. Medley ended the half with 13 points, and Hamilton with 12.
The Horned Frogs maintained the momentum into the 3rd quarter scoring the first 5 points of the half. TCU continued to pull away from the Kansas State keeping a nearly 10-point lead throughout the quarter.
Horned Frogs' guard Jada Butts stood out in the quarter and maintained the TCU's energy by contributing 10 points in her time on the court. The Horned Frogs ended the quarter leading the Wildcats 64-51.
TCU head coach Raegan Pebley commented on the Horned Frogs solid defense and ability to overcome mistakes after the game.
"I felt like they did a great job executing a defensive game plan. There's never a perfect game, so there's possessions that coaches are always thinking about that we made mistakes in. It just felt like there was a few break-through moments in our communication, leadership on the floor, patience, being able to weather a few storms and dealing with adversity as well." Pebley said.
The game continued to slip away from Kansas State through the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Wildcats were unable to stop TCU's electric offense and allowed a 17-point lead by the Frogs early in the period.
Eventually, Kansas State was able to pull within 11 points thanks to a 3-pointer by Wildcats guard Kindred Weseman. Weseman led Kansas State with 21 points in the game.
Medley continued to be dominant for the Frog's throughout the duration of the half, bring her to lead TCU with 27 points. The Wildcats pulled the game within 4 points late in the quarter, but were unable to stop the Horned Frog's counter attack, allowing them to take a 12 point lead with 57 seconds remaining.
TCU closed out the game on top of Kansas State, 87-73. Wildcats head coach Jeff Mittie cited Kansas State's lack of consistency as a major factor contributing to the loss.
"Our passing is inconsistent. Our decision-making is inconsistent. Defensively we've got to do a better job of taking away TCU's strength; we didn't do it today. Their leading scorers got their shots." Mittie said.
Mittie is a second-year coach for the Wildcats, as he recently made the switch from 15 years as the Horned Frogs head coach. TCU junior Jada Butts commented on the struggle to keep the game emotion-free while playing against a former coach.
"You just have to know how to control those emotions. I think we learned well last year when playing against him how to control it, and so any high emotions we had, we got rid of that last year." Butts said.
The game will put the Horned Frogs at 10-3 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12, and the Wildcats at 10-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12.