Lady Frogs Extend Winning Streak to Five Games
Jan. 14, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas
In an ugly game where both teams turned the ball over 23 times, the TCU Lady Frogs (12-5, 3-0 C-USA) managed to come away with a 67-55 victory over the USF Bulls (12-5, 2-1 C-USA) Friday night in Fort Worth, Texas. The win was TCU's fifth in a row and avenged an 89-84 double overtime loss to USF last year in Tampa, Fla. The Lady Frogs are 3-0 in Conference USA play for the first time since their initial season in the league in 2001-02. TCU began conference play that year with a 4-0 record before suffering its first loss.
TCU never trailed in the game. USF was able to tie the score a couple times in the first five minutes of the ballgame, but that was as close as the Bulls would get. The Lady Frogs led 16-15 with 6:17 to play in the first half before going on a 16-3 spurt to close out the period with a 32-18 lead. Senior Sandora Irvin and junior Vanessa Clementino accounted for 11 of the points during that stretch. The duo was also responsible for half of the Lady Frogs' 32 first-half points.
The Bull quickly chopped TCU's upper hand to nine points, 34-25, with 17:28 to play after Ezria Parsons converted a three-point play. Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker answered with a three from the left baseline on the next possession to put TCU back up by a dozen. The Purple and White's largest lead was 18 at 49-31 after a couple of free throws by Clementino with just under 10 minutes left in the contest.
USF's full-court press began forcing TCU into turnovers. The Bulls converted those miscues into baskets, taking a 16-8 advantage in points off turnovers in the second half. Anedra Gilmore got USF within five, 60-55, after she knocked down a pair at the free-throw line at the 2:32 mark.
The Bulls, though, did not hit another field goal the remainder of the game and TCU was accurate at the charity stripe. The Lady Frogs went 7-for-8 down the stretch to secure the win.
Irvin led all scorers with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and she nailed 6-of-7 at the line. She also blocked two shots to move up into a tie for third place with Rebecca Lobo from Connecticut on the NCAA's all-time career list. She has 396 to her credit and needs 33 more to break the record.
Freshman Lorie Butler-Rayford, Clementino, sophomore Natasha Lacy and senior Niki Newton all had 10 points. It was a career-high for Butler-Rayford. Clementino also hauled in 12 rebounds for her first double-double as a Lady Frog. Lacy added five boards, six assists and tied a career-high with six steals.
Gilmore's 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals led USF. Sharon Cambridge was the only other Bull in double figures with 10. Parsons had a team-high 11 rebounds.
TCU shot 39.0 percent (23-of-59) for the game, while USF was 34.5 percent (19-of-55). The teams combined to go just 6-of-30 (.200) on threes, with TCU making 2-of-12 (.167). The Lady Frogs dominated the rebound battle 48-34 and 20-12 on the offensive glass. TCU also held a 36-12 advantage on points scored in the paint.
The Lady Frogs put their unbeaten C-USA record on the line Sunday afternoon in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum when they host UAB (4-12, 1-2 C-USA) at 2 p.m. CST. The Blazers were dropped 77-59 at Houston tonight.