TCU Women's Hoops Pulls Away From UTA, 60-42
Jan. 2, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas
A pair of double-doubles by senior Sandora Irvin and sophomore Natasha Lacy keyed a 60-42 victory for the TCU Lady Frogs Sunday in Fort Worth over the Texas-Arlington Lady Mavs. Irvin tallied 16 points, all of which came in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double in a row and 10th of the season. Lacy scored a dozen and had 11 boards as well for her second double-double in 2004-05. Irvin also recorded five blocks and Lacy dished out six assists.
TCU (9-5) raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first 1:07 on a couple of threes by redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker and Lacy. UTA (5-6) answered with a 12-4 run to take a 12-8 lead at the 14:12 mark. Six of the points were scored by senior Rola Ogunoye. The Lady Frogs retook the advantage with 10:33 showing on the clock when sophomore Ashley Davis drilled a trey to put her squad ahead 15-12.
Lacy gave the Lady Frogs a 22-15 upper hand with 6:14 left on a layup, but the Lady Mavs continued to hang around by crashing the offensive glass. UTA had a 13-6 advantage on offensive rebounds at the half and outscored TCU 11-2 on second chance points. The Lady Frogs still managed to take a 28-24 lead into the locker room at the half.
After playing just eight minutes in the first stanza, Irvin took over in the second by scoring TCU's first seven points in just over two minutes. Her scoring hit double digits at the 16:23 mark when she converted a second three-point play to elevate the Lady Frogs to a 40-28 advantage. TCU built its lead to 18, 48-30, with 13:21 remaining in the contest after a layup by Davis.
UTA refused to exit the building quietly and used a 5-0 burst to cut the TCU lead to 48-35 with 11:08 left. Both teams hit a dry spell after that point, combining for 13 missed field goal attempts. Irvin nailed a couple of free throws at the 6:11 mark to end the drought. The Lady Frogs regrouped and led by as many as 20 on two separate occasions in the final three minutes.
In addition to Irvin and Lacy, two other Lady Frogs reached double digits in the scoring column on the afternoon. Senior Niki Newton had 10 for her fourth game in double figures this season. Junior transfer Vanessa Clementino came off the bench to tally 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Freshman Moneka Knight gave a solid performance in her second consecutive start at the point with five assists, two steals and just one turnover.
Ogunoye led the Lady Mavs with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore Terra Wallace was the only other UTA player in double figures with 11 points.
TCU shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) for the game and went 12-of-26 in the second half. UTA finished at 24.6 percent, going 17-of-69 from the floor. The Lady Frogs held a 45-41 advantage on rebounds, however, UTA finished with a 19-12 edge on the offensive glass. Points in the paint belonged to TCU, 36-22, after both teams notched 14 in the first period. TCU held a 13-4 advantage on fast break points as well.
TCU travels to Hattiesburg, Miss., to kick off Conference USA play against Southern Miss Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. CST. The Lady Frogs then head to New Orleans Jan. 9 for a 2 p.m. match-up with Tulane.