Lady Frogs run road winning streak to three games
Feb. 2, 2008
USAFA, Colo.--TCU survived a close first-half battle before pulling away from Air Force in the second half during a 67-49 win at the Falcons' Clune Arena Saturday. The Frogs led by only four at intermission, but scored 15 of the first 19 points of the second half on their way to a third straight road win.
TCU improved to 12-9 overall this season and 5-2 in Mountain West Conference play, while Air Force dropped to 7-12 and 1-6 in the MWC.
Adrianne Ross scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting while collecting four steals to lead TCU. Emily Carter came up big behind the arc for the Frogs, as she tied a career high with 14 points while hitting a personal-best four 3-pointers. Moneka Knight dished out a game-high six assists.
The Frogs shot well from the field, especially in the second half. A 55.6 percent rate in the second period helped the squad reach 50.0 percent overall for the first time in six games.
TCU posted huge statistical advantages both for points in the paint (24-16) and points off turnovers (25-12). The Frog bench also out-scored the opponent (25-11) for the 16th time in 21 games.
Defensively, TCU allowed Air Force to shoot only 33.3 percent from the field in the second half while forcing 23 Falcon turnovers.
Pamela Findlay and Raimee Beck each scored 14 points to pace the Falcons. Findlay registered a double-double by adding 12 rebounds, while Alecia Steele also scored in double figures with 10 points.
Leading at intermission, 30-26, TCU scored 10 of the first 12 points of second half to push out to a quick 12-point advantage, its biggest lead up to that point. Micah Garoutte cashed in two baskets during the stretch, while the Frog defense limited the Falcons to only one field goal on eight attempts in the opening five minutes of the final frame.
The run continued following a Falcon basket, as Danielle Nunn added a layup and Carter her fourth trey of the game. Nunn drove the length of the floor after picking the pocket of Findlay along the baseline for her basket, while Carter's ensuing 3 gave TCU a 15-point lead, 45-30.
Air Force would cut into the lead, but never was able to lower it to single digits. Ross scored five straight points on two free throws and a 3-pointer after the Falcons cut the lead to 10 points with five minutes remaining.
The two teams played a back-and-forth first half featuring three ties and four lead changes. TCU twice led by as many as six points, but was unable to shake the Falcons, who were boosted by solid shooting. The Frogs committed an uncharacteristic nine turnovers in the first half, which resulted in eight Air Force points. Findlay totaled eight points and six rebounds, all on the defensive end, to lead the Falcon attack in the first half.
Carter drilled three 3-pointers in the opening stanza, including one with only five seconds remaining on the clock that put the Frogs up four, 30-26, entering the locker room.
TCU returns to Fort Worth for its only home game in the current four-game stretch, as it plays host to BYU Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip-off. The contest will be televised live by The Mountain West Sports Network (The Mtn.).