Horned Frogs Drop Wyoming Wednesday, 68-47
Jan. 12, 2011
Overall, the Horned Frogs, who shot 69 percent from inside the arc, did most of its damage off the bench as the Frogs held a 24-4 advantage Wednesday. In total, TCU shot 51.8 percent on 29-of-56 shooting from the floor, including 58.6 percent in the second half on 17-of-29 shooting.
"This feels good and it's really hard to come up here and win because they have such a quality team. We were fortunate to play well and come away with the win," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "Our group has really started to grow as a basketball team lately and have really stepped up their play since the break."
With the win, TCU, who has now won five-straight, moved to 11-6 overall and 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming dropped to 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the MWC. Overall, Mittie recorded his 400th win of his career Wednesday night, while also posting the Frogs' largest margin of victory in the series all-time.
DeLisa Gross led the way for the Horned Frogs with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 from deep. Sophomore Starr Crawford also had a solid night, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, while also grabbing nine boards. In total, the Frogs received solid contributions from several players Wednesday, including freshman Briesha Wynn who totaled nine points. Senior Rachel Rentschler was also key for the Frogs, posting seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.
The Frogs opened the second half on a 11-2 run when Rentschler drilled a trey from the right side of the court to make the score 38-26 at the 15:54 mark of the second period.
Rentschler continued her offensive production a few moments later, hitting a jumper from the charity stripe to make the score 41-28. Wynn increased the Frog lead to 44-30 with a little over 12 minutes remaining in the contest, nailing a triple off the front rim.
Emily Carter's beautiful turnaround jumper in the paint made the score 48-34 with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the period and Rentschler kept up her offensive production, finding the bottom of the net the next trip down the court to increase the Horned Frog lead to 16.
With TCU up 56-41, Wynn and Gross pushed the Frog lead to 20 at 61-41 and never looked back, claiming the program's largest victory in Laramie at 68-47.
The Frogs jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the ballgame when Carter stole the ball and found a streaking Antoinette Thompson for an easy fast-break layup. Thompson increased the Horned Frog lead to 6-3 a few moments later on a driving lay-up.
Gross' three from the right corner moved the TCU lead to 11-7 at the midway point of the first half. On the next trip down the court, Helena Sverrisdottir found Gross on a backdoor layup to increase the Frog lead to 13-7, but Wyoming cut into the deficit on a 7-4 run with a little over 7 minutes remaining in the half.
The Cowgirls stormed back to take an 18-17 lead, but Crawford put the Frogs back on top at 21-20, scoring a jumper off a skip pass from Sverrisdottir. Crawford's jumper from the left side of the floor and a couple of free throws by Carter was part of a mini 6-2 run for the Frogs that made the score 23-20 at the 4:08 mark of the period.
The two teams traded possessions until Sverrisdottir found Crawford underneath the bucket in the closing seconds of the half to make the halftime score 27-24 in favor of TCU.
The Purple and White will return home to face Colorado State on Saturday. Start time is set for Noon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.