TCU Falls Short Against No. 3 Tennessee
Feb 11, 2003
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Kara Lawson had 20 points, seven assists and seven rebounds and Gwen Jackson added 14 points as third-ranked Tennessee held off TCU 86-72 Tuesday night.
The Lady Frogs (10-12) never led, but had a late 7-0 run to cut the lead to 74-70 with 6:05 remaining. The Lady Vols (21-3) responded with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to earn their 12th consecutive win since losing last month to Connecticut.
Tennessee, playing in its third home game in six days, beat Mississippi by 43 points last Thursday and Florida by 39 on Sunday. TCU was a different story.
The Lady Frogs have been hot and cold this season, beating then-No. 9 Vanderbilt by 17 points in a four-game winning streak and then losing four straight last month. They were not intimidated by Tennessee and played as if this was an NCAA tournament game.
The Lady Frogs pulled to within a point at the break by finishing the first half with an 8-2 run.
Tennessee started the second half with a 6-1 run on a basket by Jackson and two by Lawson.
The Lady Vols stretched their lead to 11 point on Jackson's inside basket with 7:43 left, but TCU had a 7-0. That was as close as the Lady Frogs got the rest of the way.
Tasha Butts added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Courtney McDaniel had 11 points for Tennessee.
Shaw and Evans came off the bench as TCU coach Jeff Mittie substituted like it was a hockey game. He replaced four and sometimes all five about every five minutes.
TCU's leading scorer and rebounder, Sandora Irvin, was held to four points
and eight rebounds.
Evans hit a 3, and Shaw made another with 0.4 seconds left to cut the lead to 41-40 at halftime.
The Lady Vols started the game with an 11-0 run, but TCU battled back quickly and cut it to two four times and finally down to one point when Pack hit a 3 with 6:30 remaining before halftime.
Tennessee stretched its lead points to seven before the Lady Frogs' late rally before halftime.