TCU Women's Hoops Grounds Lady Eagles, 81-43
Jan. 7, 2005
The TCU Lady Frogs (10-5) picked up their first true road victory of the 2004-05 season Friday night in Hattiesburg, Miss., by downing the Southern Miss Lady Eagles (5-8) by a 81-43 score. It was the opening day of Conference USA play. TCU improved to 4-0 all-time versus Southern Miss with the victory.
The Purple and White raced out of the gates by taking an 11-0 lead in the first 3:22. Five of the points were scored by senior Sandora Irvin on a couple of free throws and a three-pointer. The Lady Eagles got their first bucket at the 15:28 mark courtesy of Dianca Jones.
Despite looking like they would run away with the game in a hurry, the Lady Frogs allowed USM to creep back into the contest. Shannon Stueber's jumper with 9:59 to go in the first period pulled the Lady Eagles within one, 14-13. The Lady Frogs responded with a 16-0 run over the next 6:09 to take a 30-13 advantage. At the half, TCU led by a 36-19 count.
During the first stanza, Irvin hauled in four rebounds, which was two more than she needed in order to break the C-USA career record. She finished with nine to put her career total at 1,175 boards. The previous standard of 1,167 was held by Abbie Willenborg from Marquette (1996-00).
In the second half, TCU continued its assault. The Lady Frogs followed up their 40.0 percent (14-of-35) first-half shooting effort with a sizzling 58.6 percent (17-of-29) showing in the second. TCU's lead hit 20 with 3:14 gone on a jumper from Irvin. The disparity steadily increased the remainder of the game, with the largest margin coming when the buzzer sounded.
Irvin led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and a 7-of-9 effort from the free-throw line. She also rejected eight shots to tie a season-high that she first posted against Georgia Nov. 27 in Honolulu. Sophomore Natasha Lacy scored 13 points, assisted on five other baskets and came away with five steals. Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker and junior college transfer Vanessa Clementino each had 10 points. True freshman Moneka Knight established a new career-high with six steals.
Jones was the top performer for the Lady Eagles with 19 points, four rebounds and four steals. She went 5-for-9 from the field and 9-for-12 at the charity stripe. Deondra Carter was the only other Southern Miss player in double figures with 10.
The Lady Frogs finished just a shade under 50.0 percent shooting for the game, going 31-of-64 (.484). Southern Miss made 35.0 percent (14-of-40) of its shot attempts. TCU went 7-for-15 (.467) on threes, while USM was 0-for-6. The Lady Frogs held a 37-31 edge on rebounds and a 14-9 advantage on the offensive glass. Turnovers were the key statistic, as Southern Miss committed 35 to TCU's 20. The Lady Frogs led 39-20 on points off turnovers. The Purple and White also had 24 steals, which tied a school record that was initially set against McMurry Nov. 22, 1996.
TCU heads to New Orleans for its second C-USA game to face Tulane at 2 p.m. CST Jan. 9. The Green Wave was dropped 55-54 by Houston in its first conference tilt.
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