TCU Falls at Marquette, 71-55
Feb. 11, 2005
MILWAUKEE -- The TCU Lady Frogs (17-7, 8-2) suffered a 71-55 setback to the Marquette Golden Eagles (15-8, 6-4) Friday in Milwaukee. The loss ended TCU's four-game winning streak in Conference USA play and was the first in the all-time series with Marquette.
With TCU up 12-10 with 14:12 remaining in the first half, the Golden Eagles scored 11 unanswered points to lead 21-12 at the 9:34 mark. The Lady Frogs tallied the next seven points to close the gap to 21-19 with 5:56 showing on the scoreboard. Marquette closed out the first period by outscoring TCU 13-6 to lead 34-25 heading into the locker room.
Shooting percentage was the big difference in the first stanza. TCU made just 7-of-34 (.206) from the field, while Marquette was 12-of-25 (.480).
The Golden Eagles were still leading by nine, 44-35, with 13:07 left in the contest before TCU made a surge. The Lady Frogs went on a 14-5 run that was capped by Ashley Davis' three-pointer at the 7:42 mark to tie the game up at 49-all. TCU grabbed its only lead of the second half when Sandora Irvin nailed a trey to put her team ahead 52-51 with 6:03 remaining.
Personal fouls proved to be the Lady Frogs' undoing in the last six minutes of the contest and the Golden Eagles made them pay. Marquette drilled 15-of-16 (.938) at the free-throw line during that timeframe and TCU did little to help itself. The Lady Frogs went 1-for-8 (.125) from the field and committed four turnovers.
Davis led TCU in scoring by tying a career-high with 17 points and she tossed in five rebounds. Twelve of her points were scored behind the arc. Irvin added 16 points and fell one rebound shy of a double-double. Natasha Lacy had seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Point guard Moneka Knight came away with five points and five assists.
Marquette saw four of its players reach double figures in scoring on the night. Christina Quaye had the most with 18 and she was one board away from a double-double. Carolyn Kieger managed double figures in points and rebounds with 17 and 10. Kieger and Quaye both went 12-for-12 from the charity stripe. Jasmine McCullough and Lesley Juedes each had 11 points.
TCU finished the game shooting just 30.2 percent (19-of-63) and was 10-of-17 (.588) at the line. Marquette shot 45.0 percent (18-of-40) for the night and finished 31-of-39 (.795) from the free-throw line. The Golden Eagles had a 38-37 advantage on rebounds but were out-rebounded 18-10 on the offensive glass. TCU used the offensive boards for an 18-7 edge on second chance points.
The Lady Frogs take on No. 15 DePaul Sunday in Chicago at 2:20 p.m. CST. ESPN 2 is televising the game regionally. The Blue Demons are coming off a 78-66 victory against Houston and lead the conference with a 9-1 record. DePaul is 20-3 overall.
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