Lady Frogs Down Cougars, 60-51
Feb. 9, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs (10-11, 3-5 C-USA) took their revenge on the Houston Cougars (10-10, 2-6 C-USA) on Sunday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. After dropping the first meeting between the two schools 64-50 at Houston on Jan. 12, TCU cranked out a solid 60-51 win at home. Sophomore Sandora Irvin tallied six blocks in the win to break the TCU single season blocks record. She's now deflected 89 shots for the season.
The Lady Frogs started slow, allowing the Cougars to get out to a 7-1 lead before TCU head coach Jeff Mittie called a timeout with 17:54 to play in the first half. After that, the Frogs took charge, steadily increasing their lead. At halftime, TCU went to the locker room with a 34-21 advantage.
TCU was able to push to an 18-point cushion with 13:49 to go when junior Ebony Shaw drained a three to make the game 47-29. Houston was able to counter with a rally of its own led by Shondra Bush and Nicole Oliver to cut it to just 10. With just over three minutes left in the contest, Bush drilled another trey to knock the lead to just five points. The Cougars, however, could not get any closer than that, and putting the Frogs at the free throw line four times for eight attempts sealed the fate of Houston.
"I've always said the mark of a good team is one who can win when they don't play well," said Mittie. "We did that today. Houston does some things that not a lot of people do. They create havoc in a lot of ways. We were fortunate that free throw shooting wasn't costly."
Irvin led the Lady Frogs in both scoring and rebounding with 13 of each. Senior Candace Baldwin was credited with four steals in the win. Senior Tricia Payne and Shaw each tallied 11 points. Houston's Chandi Jones led all scorers with 22.
The Lady Frogs travel to Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to take on the third-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (CT) tip. Next weekend, TCU will host Saint Louis and Memphis in C-USA action on Feb. 14 and 16, respectively.