Lady Frogs Sink East Carolina By 58-42 Count
Jan. 27, 2002
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The TCU Lady Frogs (15-4, 5-1 C-USA) returned to their old form with a 58-42 victory over the East Carolina Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum. The 42 points were the second-fewest allowed by the Frogs this season and it was the eighth time that a Frog opponent was held to 50 points or less.
"Offensively we weren't able to get much going," head coach Jeff Mittie said. "But defensively we stayed strong all day. That has really been the key for us when we've been successful."
TCU's man-to-man defense took control of the game, turning an 13-9 lead into a 20-point advantage late in the first half. The Pirates (3-15, 1-5 C-USA) scored just five points over the final 14 minutes of the first half and were held without a field goal for nearly 12 minutes of play.
TCU went into the break with a 32-14 lead as East Carolina shot 22.7 percent and committed 15 turnovers in the stanza. Meanwhile, the Frogs hit nearly 50 percent of their shots (13-of-27) and registered nine steals.
The second half was evenly played, as the 18-point halftime margin wound up becoming a 16-point margin of victory. East Carolina trimmed the lead to 10 on one occasion, but never seriously threatened. Kati Safaritova led the team in scoring with 12 points. The senior was the only TCU player in double figures, although five Frogs scored at least seven points.
The game was sloppy at times, as the two team combined for 50 turnovers and only 100 points. After being outrebounded by Charlotte in Friday's loss, the Frogs owned a 45-33 advantage over the Pirates on the glass on Sunday. East Carolina shot 25.5 percent from the field on the afternoon.
The Frogs travel to Tampa, Fla., to take on South Florida (12-7, 2-4 C-USA) on Fri., Feb. 1. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).