Lady Frogs Drop 64-61 Heartbreaker To Charlotte
Jan. 26, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs rallied from a nine-point deficit against Charlotte, only to fall in the waning seconds, 64-61, on Sunday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU's record goes to 8-10, 1-4 C-USA, while the 49ers advance to 12-5, 4-0 C-USA. Junior Ebony Shaw earned her first-ever double-double as she tallied 19 points and 10 boards in the loss.
The Lady Frogs led for much of the first half, until Charlotte went on a 9-0 run to make the game 28-24. TCU knocked the deficit to two before the 49ers made another run to push their lead to seven with 34 seconds to play in the first half. Senior Tricia Payne drained a trey with seven seconds to go, cutting the Charlotte lead to just four entering halftime.
In the second half, the 49ers started strong behind tough shooting from Andrea Davidson, who scored seven of the first 10 points for Charlotte. With the 49er lead at nine, TCU made a charge and outscored Charlotte 11-0 over an almost four minute stretch. The Lady Frogs held on to the lead for much of the next ten minutes, allowing the 49ers to lead only four more times the rest of the game.
With 41 seconds left to play, sophomore Sandora Irvin scored to make the game 61-60 TCU. However, Charlotte's Daniels scored on a lay-up of her own with 25 seconds to go to give the 49ers the one-point advantage. A Frog turnover and foul put Monica League at the line where she drained a pair of free shots, giving Charlotte the squeaker 64-61 win.
"I give Charlotte credit," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "They're a young basketball team who shot 31% and they just kept going. They outworked us, outplayed us. They created 13 more shot opportunities and five more free throw attempts. Credit goes to (head coach) Katie (Meier) and her coaches. They were more aggressive on the road than we were at home."
Shaw led all scorers with 19 points. Irvin tallied another double-double as she poured in 12 points and 11 rebounds. Payne also scored in double-figures with 10. Junior Tiffany Evans pulled down 11 boards for the afternoon.
Next weekend, TCU gets back on the road. The Lady Frogs will travel to Milwaukee and Chicago to take on Marquette and DePaul on Jan. 31 and Feb. 2, respectively.