FINAL: Texas Christian 61, Iowa State 60

Maddy Arnold

The lowdown

The ISU women’s basketball team (16-6, 5-6 Big 12) fell to Texas Christian (13-9, 4-6 Big 12) 61-60 on Feb. 5. The Horned Frogs defeated the Cyclones in a back-and-forth game with 15 lead changes.

Neither team scored in the first four minutes of the game until junior guard Brynn Williamson hit a 3-pointer to give Iowa State its first points. The Cyclones went on the lead 28-23 at half time.

It was a different story in the second half. TCU would lead by as much as six points in the final period before winning 61-60 in the last seconds. Guard Donielle Breaux hit a 3-pointer with just under six seconds left to give TCU the lead.

The winning 3-pointer was only the Horned Frogs’ second 3-pointer of the game. Before the final shot, TCU was 1-of-10 on the night from beyond the arc.

Turning point

The game was tied 58-58 with 51 seconds remaining when freshman guard Jadda Buckley missed a jumper for Iowa State. But freshman guard Seanna Johnson made two free throws after a Latricia Lovings foul.

Iowa State would lead 60-58 until Breaux’s winning 3-pointer lifted TCU to a win. Junior guard Nikki Moody would have a chance to win it but turned the ball over under the basket with just one second remaining.


Iowa State turned the ball over 16 times during the game. TCU wasn’t far behind with 13 turnovers. But the difference came in the second half when the Cyclones committed nine turnovers compared to the Horned Frogs’ five.

By the numbers

18 — Horned Frogs’ 3-point shooting percentage. TCU made just two 3-pointers throughout the entire game — one being the game-winning shot with only under six seconds left. 

22 — number of points Iowa State defeated TCU by earlier this season. The Cyclones made 15 3-pointers in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs scored 12 more points on the Cyclones this time around.

14 — number of points scored by Iowa State off TCU turnovers in the first half. The Horned Frogs had eight turnovers and only scored seven points off Iowa State’s seven turnovers.

6 — number of 3-pointers made by Brynn Williamson. She tied a career high for 3-pointers in a game and finished with 18 total points. Williamson went 6-of-13 from beyond the arc.

28 — number of minutes played by junior guard Nikki Moody. The starter got into foul trouble early and scored seven against the Horned Frogs.