Lady Frogs Top Memphis, 61-53
Feb. 16, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs evened their conference and overall records with a 61-53 win over Memphis on Sunday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. With the victory TCU's record moves to 12-12 overall and 5-5 in conference play, while the Tigers fall to 12-12, 5-6 C-USA. Sophomore Sandora Irvin notched her 100th block of the 2002-03 season at the 11:29 mark of the second half. She is the first Lady Frog to break the century block mark in a single season.
Memphis got out to the early lead, pushing it to as many as eight before TCU went on an 8-0 run with 3:43 left in the first half to go up 30-23. The Tigers scored three more on free throws from Victoria Crawford, while senior Tricia Payne drained a trey with less than 24 seconds to play to make it 33-26 at halftime.
The Tigers came out ready to play in the second half and were able to cut the margin to four with 18:35 to play. The Lady Frogs, however, crept back out behind good shooting from junior Tracy Wynn and Payne to make it a 10-point Frog advantage. Memphis refused to go quietly and cut the lead to four with 1:12 to play on a bucket by Crawford. Two pairs of charity shots, one by junior Ebony Shaw and one by Payne, sealed the 61-53 win for the Lady Frogs.
"I was concerned with the middle part of the second half mentally," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We were not as locked in as we have been this week. Four games in seven days takes its toll on you and we're glad to get out with the win."
Payne was the only Lady Frog to score in double-figures as she tallied 11 in the win, while junior Tiffany Evans had eight boards. Irvin had five steals to go along with six points and two blocks.
Next weekend, TCU hits the road for its final regular season road C-USA contests of the year at Southern Miss and Tulane. The Tulane game will be shown on ESPN2 beginning at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23.