Fort Worth, TX — With six seconds to go, it looked like No. 7 Texas would extend their BIG12 win streak to 5-0 for the third consecutive season.
TCU's Kianna Ray, however, decided to rewrite the ending, sinking two late free throws with the game ties to pull off the 79-77 upset win over the Longhorns.
TCU (11-5) came in fueled from a record-breaking 93-72 win over Texas Tech on their home court, where 6 TCU players scored in double digits. Although Texas (13-2) was undefeated in the BIG 12 going into Wednesday's game, TCU brought their confidence and rallied through this game of serious runs.
Although it was a quiet start in the first, the Horned Frogs were able to keep this game tight. That is, until Texas had a breakaway, giving them a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Texas had a 22-14 lead at the end.
TCU completely turned it around, as their offense caught on fire coming into the second quarter. Texas head coach Karen Aston understandably questioned her Longhorns on the whereabouts of their rebounding game. The home team took advantage of Texas’s lack of defense and dominated the second quarter with a 26-9 run, exiting the half leading the Texas 40-31.
Texas came back after halftime aggressive. They fired off 10 straight points to tie TCU early in the 3rd and kept up the pace. Texas outscored TCU 26-20 to keep it a one possession game, entering the 4th quarter down 60-57.
The score remained tight down the stretch and with 16.5 seconds on the clock, Texas' Ariel Atkins sunk a jumper from the paint to tie the game 77 all. Shortly after, Atkins fouled Kianna Ray who then scored both foul shots to clench the Horned Frogs’ 3rd win over Texas in school history.
TCU head coach Raegan Pebly credited the key to this win over Texas to the way her players were able to play physically and intelligently.
Their defense held BIG 12 and USBWA National Player of the Week Leshann Higgs to 18 points. Although Ariel Atkins led all scorers with 25 points, Jordan Moore led TCU with 19 points with outstanding support from the bench, which contributed 33 of the Horned Frogs’ 79 points.
For TCU, the won over Texas was their first over a Top 10 team since 2009. Texa had won six straight before Wednesday's loss.
TCU has another challenge ahead as they hit the road to face no.15 West Virginia on Saturday. Texas will head back home to face Kansas on Saturday before hosting top-ranked Connecticut on Monday.