Gross Helps TCU Down Aztecs Saturday, 63-52
Feb. 5, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - Sophomore DeLisa Gross was simply unstoppable Saturday afternoon in leading TCU to a 63-52 victory over San Diego State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Gross caught fire in the second half, going 5-of-5 from the floor, including a put-back tip, which seemingly put the game out of reach. Overall, Gross went 7-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from deep, to record a new career-high of 20 points Saturday. By making all seven of her attempts, Gross tied Ashley Davis, who went 7-of-7 in 2007, for the best single-game field goal percentage in school history.
Freshman Briesha Wynn was just as dominate, scoring a new career-high of 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Wynn totaled 10 of her 13 points in the first half and was one of the Horned Frogs main defensive stoppers during the first half with three steals.
Overall, the Horned Frogs did most of their damage off the bench, out-scoring SDSU, 18-4. The Frogs also used relentless pressure on the defensive end of the court to force SDSU into 23 turnovers, which resulted in a 24-10 advantage in points off turnovers for the Frogs.
During the first half alone, TCU, who closed the half on a 21-2 run, continually stopped the Aztecs time after time. When it was all said and done, SDSU did not make a field goal from the 13:39 mark on in the first half, while only two Aztec players scored during the entire period.
With the win, TCU moved to 15-8 overall and 7-2 in Mountain West Conference play. San Diego State dropped to 8-13 overall and 2-7 in league play. By defeating the Aztecs Saturday, the Frogs swept SDSU during regular-season play for the first time since 2007-08.
A 10-4 run by the Aztecs to open the second half closed the Purple and White lead to 30-26, but Antoinette Thompson found Gross open underneath the bucket, who scored a tough three-point play with about 11 minutes to go in the contest. The sophomore increased the Frog lead to 10 at 41-31 a few moments later on a swooping put-back off a Sverrisdottir miss.
Another bucket by Gross halfway through the period gave TCU a comfortable 50-37 lead at the 5-minute mark of the half. Emily Carter did the rest of the damage, nailing a fade-away triple in the closing minute to help the Horned Frogs move to 7-2 in league play.
Carter jump-started the Frogs early in the game, going coast-to-coast to tie the contest at 3-3. Following a 6-0 run by SDSU, Gross knocked down a jumper from the corner to bring TCU within four with a little over 14 minutes to go in the half.
A steal and bucket by Wynn a few moments later made the score 14-9 in favor of the Aztecs. The freshman then proceeded to catch fire the next trip down the court, stealing the rock yet again and finding the bottom of the net to bring TCU within three halfway through the half.
Wynn, who forced another turnover at the 7:27 mark of the first half, connected on a jumper from the left side of the floor to give TCU its first lead in the game at 15-14.
The Frogs, who held San Diego State without a bucket for a little over 8 minutes in the first half, closed the period on a 21-2 run to bring the score at the break to 26-16 in favor of the Purple and White.
TCU will be back in action at UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 8. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. CT.