TCU Defeats Saint Louis 75-66; Grabs 20th Victory of Season
Feb. 17, 2002
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - TCU reached another school pinnacle on Sunday afternoon as the Lady Frogs recorded their second consecutive 20-win season. With a 75-66 road victory over Saint Louis, TCU improved to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in Conference USA.
Saint Louis (11-14, 4-8 C-USA) jumped out to a 15-12 lead in the first eight-plus minutes of the game before the Lady Frogs' suffocating defense took over. TCU held the Billikens without a field goal from the 12:46 mark of the first half until just two seconds before half. The Billikens were able to stay within striking distance, however, by hitting 9-of-10 free throws during that stretch.
TCU had a 9-0 run from the 6:30 mark until 1:04, and ultimately the Frogs went into the locker room with a seven-point lead at 33-26. Saint Louis shot just 30.8 percent (8-for-26) in the stanza.
The Lady Frogs bolted out of the gates, upping the lead to 15 in the first five minutes of the second half and were never seriously threatened. The Frogs made a living at the free-throw line, draining 29-of-33 (.879) from the charity stripe on the afternoon. TCU also shot well from the floor (23-for-47, .489), but missed all nine of its three-point attempts.
For the second consecutive game Tiffany Evans established a new career high in points. She poured in 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting on Sunday and now has reached double figures in three consecutive games. Kati Safaritova had 15 points, Sandora Irvin added 13 and Candace Baldwin picked up 10 to help the cause.
TCU wraps up the regular season with a pair of home games next weekend, as the DePaul Blue Demons and Marquette Golden Eagles come calling to Fort Worth. Tipoff for the DePaul contest is set for 7:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 22 and the Marquette game will start at 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 24.