No. 19 Lady Frogs Fall Short To No. 5 Tennessee, 74-66

Tennessee's Sidney Spencer, right, and TCU's Ebony Shaw battle for the ball in the first half.

Tennessee's Sidney Spencer, right, and TCU's Ebony Shaw battle for the ball in the first half.

Jan. 2, 2004

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Tasha Butts scored 19 points and No. 5 Tennessee overcame a season-high 24 turnovers to hold off No. 19 TCU 74-66 on Friday night.

Tennessee (9-1) is 211-19 since the 1997 NCAA tournament, a winning percentage of better than 91 percent.

Despite the turnovers, the Lady Volunteers held the Lady Frogs to a season-low 31 percent from the field (19-of-58).

Butts scored on a layup to put Tennessee ahead 68-60 with less than 2 minutes left.

TCU (10-2) responded with consecutive baskets to cut the lead to 68-64 with 1:18 remaining.

But the Lady Volunteers calmed the rally when Butts hit two free throws and LaToya Davis converted a steal into a layup with 49 seconds remaining.

Tennessee's Shyra Ely, who had 15 points and 15 rebounds, fouled out with 3:01 left. She then got a technical foul arguing the call and TCU made three of the four free throws to come within 65-60.

Tracy Wynn scored 12 points for the Lady Frogs, and Kim Ortega and Ebony Shaw each had 11, while Sandora Irvin added nine points and 13 rebounds.

Ortega hit a 3-pointer to bring TCU within 25-24 midway through the first half, but the Lady Frogs, who had their four-game winning streak snapped, missed 20 of their next 21 shots as Tennessee built a 48-35 lead with 13:37 remaining.

 

 


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