TCU 79, SOUTH DAKOTA 71
VERMILLION, SD – After winning a tough road game at New Mexico on Thursday, TCU pulled off another impressive victory on enemy turf Sunday, taking down South Dakota to advance to the semifinals of the 2018 Postseason WNIT.
The Frogs (23-12) will play at Indiana, with tipoff set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 28.
TCU took a 64-56 lead with 7:18 left in the fourth quarter, and the Coyotes kept coming, trailing just 71-69 after a 3-pointer from Jaycee Bradley with 1:42 to go. Jayde Woods converted a layup, and after a South Dakota basket, Jordan Moore knocked down a jumper to make it 75-71 with 37 seconds to go.
Moore closed with 26 points and six rebounds; the 6-3 junior center is a remarkable 30-of-35 from the field in the WNIT. Kianna Ray added 10 points for the Frogs, who shot 51 percent from the field and had a 38-30 edge in rebounds.
The first half featured seven lead changes and four ties – in the first quarter, TCU was up 12-7 before the Coyotes used a 9-2 run to take the lead. Later in the second quarter, the Frogs were up again, 32-31, when a 7-0 run gave South Dakota a 38-32 advantage. At the buzzer before halftime, TCU’s Amber Ramirez hit a big 3-pointer from 60 feet away to cut the South Dakota lead to 42-39.
In the third quarter, both teams had their moments, each taking advantage of an 8-0 run to pull into the lead. TCU held the host Coyotes scoreless in the final 2:33 of the frame and took a 59-55 lead into the final quarter.
Bradley had 21 points for South Dakota (29-7), which was 17-1 at home coming into Sunday; Allison Arens added 15 points, and Ciara Duffy closed with 12 points.