TCU Rebounds With 17-Point Win at Cincinnati
Jan. 23, 2005
CINCINNATI -- Natasha Lacy scored a career-high 23 points and had six rebounds to lead the TCU Lady Frogs (14-6, 5-1 C-USA) past the Cincinnati Bearcats (5-13, 0-5 C-USA) Sunday in Cincinnati by a 68-51 score. The Lady Frogs have won three straight games over the Bearcats and are 4-1 against them in the all-time series. Cincinnati has lost its last eight contests.
Cincinnati kept the game close in the first seven minutes, but by the 10:43 mark TCU had built a 17-9 advantage. Nine of the Lady Frogs' points during that span came from Lacy. An 8-2 spurt by the Bearcats cut TCU's lead back down to two, 19-17, with 7:47 remaining in the half. The Lady Frogs closed out the period on a 15-3 run to go up 34-20 at the break.
UC made only 6-of-27 (.222) shots in the first period, while TCU went 11-for-25 (.440). The Lady Frogs were also 10-of-11 (.909) at the free-throw line and forced 11 turnovers.
TCU continued to extend its lead in the second period, and it hit 20 for the first time with 13:45 to play after Lorie Butler-Rayford put her squad up 42-22 with a jumper. The Purple and White's largest advantage was 24, 51-27, at the 10:58 mark after Vanessa Clementino scored a layup in transition off a feed from Lacy.
Cincinnati made a small charge at TCU and managed to trim the disparity back down to 14, 55-41, after a 14-4 run. Bellva May tallied nine of the points during the streak and finished with 16 points in the second stanza. The Lady Frogs regrouped and with 1:14 showing on the clock were back up 68-47.
Two other Lady Frogs reached double figures on the afternoon. Sandora Irvin racked up 15 points, eight rebounds and rejected six shots. Irvin is now only eight blocks away from breaking the NCAA's career record of 428. Niki Newton notched her second double-double of the season and her career with 11 points and 11 boards. Butler-Rayford had six points and seven rebounds off the bench.
May ended the game with 18 points and three assists to lead Cincinnati's efforts. Anne Stephens came off the pine to net eight points, and Karen Twehues and Toni Slaughter each had seven. Slaughter and Ashley Brown had a team-high six rebounds.
TCU was a little under 50.0 percent from the field, making 24-of-51 (.471) shot attempts, while Cincinnati went 18-for-54 (.333). The Lady Frogs out-rebounded the Bearcats 38-29 and outscored them 11-3 on second chance points. TCU also held a 34-26 upper hand on points scored inside the paint. UC's bench was more productive than TCU's, outscoring it 33-10.
Next up on the docket for the Lady Frogs is a date with the Houston Lady Cougars (14-4, 5-1 C-USA) Jan. 30 in Houston at 2 p.m. CST. Houston fell 50-49 to Louisville in its last game.
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