Lady Frogs Win Fourth Straight, Down Saint Louis 80-51
Feb. 7, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Lady Frogs (17-6, 8-1) recorded their fourth consecutive victory Monday night in Fort Worth, Texas, by downing the Saint Louis Billikens (3-20, 2-8) by an 80-51 count in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU is now tied with DePaul atop the Conference USA standings after Charlotte was upset by USF, 68-59, in Tampa, Fla. DePaul recorded a 67-55 win over Cincinnati to move to 8-1 in the league.
TCU started the game sluggish and fell behind 7-2 after a three-pointer by Jackie Gilbert at the 15:58 mark. After trailing 10-4, the Lady Frogs went on a 12-2 run that was capped by a layup from Niki Newton with 11:02 to go in the first stanza. Saint Louis kept things close and was only down five, 24-19, with 7:16 showing on the scoreboard after a bucket by Mia Johnson. TCU, though, closed out the half outscoring the Billikens 18-1 to lead 42-20 at the intermission.
With TCU star Sandora Irvin sitting out most of the first half because of foul trouble, Vanessa Clementino filled the void down low with 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots in 16 minutes. Lorie Butler-Rayford also put up some solid numbers for the Purple and White with six points and five boards.
TCU continued to run up the disparity in the second half. The margin hit 30, 56-26, after a free throw by Butler-Rayford with 13:28 left. The largest lead for the Lady Frogs was 35, 78-43, when Stephanie Thiel hit her second trey at the 4:56 mark. Saint Louis ended the game with an 8-2 spurt to close TCU's final margin of victory to 29.
Clementino ended the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Her 19 points was also a career-high and came on the heels of a 17-point effort versus Memphis Saturday, then a career best. Irvin came back strong in the second half with 11 points and 10 boards for her third double-double in a row and the 61st of her career. She also added four assists and eight blocks. JimAnne Baker tallied a career-high 13 points off the bench and Ashley Davis tossed in 10 points. Butler-Rayford fell a point shy of a double-double with a game-high 12 boards.
Johnson was the only Billiken to reach double digits in scoring with 10. Krystle Hatton had eight points and four rebounds off the pine.
TCU knocked down 28-of-63 shots (.444), while Saint Louis connected on 16-of-54 (.296). The Lady Frogs held an enormous 57-23 edge on the boards and out-rebounded the Billikens 22-5 on the offensive glass. The 34-rebound advantage for TCU tied a school record that was first set against Texas-Pan American Nov. 29, 1987, in a 121-53 victory for the Lady Frogs. TCU posted 66 rebounds in the UTPA contest.
Lady Frog point guard Natasha Lacy sat out the entire game to rest her injured left ankle from a Jan. 25 practice. It was the first game the sophomore missed in her career. She is expected to be back in the lineup for TCU's next contest at Marquette Feb. 11. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. CST start in Milwaukee.
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