Lady Frogs Handle Green Wave, 78-66
Jan. 9, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La.
The TCU Lady Frogs (11-5, 2-0 C-USA) handled the Tulane Green Wave (8-7, 0-2 C-USA) by a 78-66 score Sunday afternoon at Fogelman Arena in New Orleans. It was TCU's fourth victory in a row and their third straight over Tulane. The Green Wave has lost its last three contests, the other two of which were against Houston and LSU.
TCU never trailed from the opening tip. The Lady Frogs and Green Wave were tied once at eight apiece with 15:10 to go after a D'Aundra Henry jumper. Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker capped an 8-0 run by TCU over the next 2:10 when she intercepted a pass from Alendra Brown and sprinted toward the basket for an uncontested layup. The Lady Frogs steadily increased their lead to 39-25 at halftime.
The first period was very clean for both teams, as they combined for just 10 turnovers. TCU accounted for four of them. Lady Frog senior Sandora Irvin put up impressive numbers with a dozen points, seven rebounds and three blocks. She went 5-for-7 from the floor and made both of her attempts from behind the arc.
The Purple and White continued to roll in the second period and led by as many as 20 three different times. The last came with 6:43 remaining after Irvin's layup set the score at 66-46. TCU continued to lead 70-53 with 4:22 left on the scoreboard after sophomore Ashley Davis received a full-court heave from senior Niki Newton on the inbounds and laid the ball up and in.
The Lady Frogs got a little too relaxed in the final four minutes, which allowed the Green Wave to mount one last attempt at a comeback. Henry scored five of the nine unanswered points by Tulane that chopped TCU's advantage to 70-62 with 2:21 left in the contest. The Lady Frogs, though, hit their free throws and stymied Tulane's last-ditch effort.
Irvin finished as the game's high scorer with 22 points, and she added 14 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists. Newton tied a career-high she established earlier this season against California with 17 points. She went 6-for-8 from the field and 5-of-6 at the charity stripe. Sophomore Natasha Lacy added 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals. Davis also hit double figures for the Lady Frogs with 10.
Lakethia Hampton led Tulane's offense with 16 points, making 7-of-18 shots. Henry tallied a dozen and assisted on eight other baskets. Jami Montagnino and Courtney Simmons each scored 10 points as well.
TCU shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) for the contest and went 11-for-21 (.524) in the second half. Tulane was 24-of-57 (.421) from the floor. The Lady Frogs held a 40-26 advantage on rebounds and a 13-8 edge on the offensive glass. TCU finished with 16 turnovers and Tulane had 13. Both teams shot well from the free-throw line, with the Lady Frogs making 24-of-31 (.774) and the Green Wave 15-of-18 (.833).
The Lady Frogs will host USF in their next Conference USA match-up Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Bulls (12-4, 2-0 C-USA) are coming off victories against Louisville and Cincinnati.