TCU Pounds Charlotte in Women's Hoops, 76-51
Feb. 18, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Lady Frogs (18-8, 9-3 C-USA) snapped their two-game skid Friday in Fort Worth, Texas, with a 76-51 pounding of the Charlotte 49ers (20-6, 8-4 C-USA). It was TCU's fourth victory in a row over the 49ers and moved them into a tie with Louisville for second in the Conference USA standings. Earlier in the day, the Cardinals defeated Southern Miss 80-65 in Louisville, Ky. Also on Friday, DePaul clinched the No. 1 seed for the C-USA Tournament and at least a share of the regular-season championship by upending Saint Louis 82-64 on the Billikens' home floor.
The Lady Frogs were up 9-8 with 14:45 to go in the first stanza before going on a 9-0 run to extend their advantage to 18-8 at the 12:04 mark. TCU's lead was as many as 16 on two occasions, the first of which came with 5:26 left when Sandora Irvin got her first bucket of the game on a layup. Vanessa Clementino hit a free throw with 1:28 showing on the scoreboard to put the Lady Frogs up 36-20. The 49ers got a pair of threes from Andrea Davidson in the final 80 seconds to close the gap to 38-26 at halftime.
Turnovers and poor shooting plagued Charlotte in the first period. The 49ers committed 16 miscues and shot 23.3 percent (7-of-30). By comparison, TCU had nine turnovers and made 40 percent (14-of-35) of its shots.
Charlotte quickly cut the disparity to single digits, 38-30, in the first 44 seconds of the second half thanks to a couple jumpers from Pam Brown. The Lady Frogs proceeded to go on a 10-2 run to extend their lead to 48-32 with 16:21 to go. The 49ers never got within more than 12 the rest of the way. TCU went up by 20 for the first time with 8:38 remaining when Irvin nailed a couple at the free-throw line. The 25-point margin in the final score was the largest in the contest.
Lorie Butler-Rayford led the way for TCU with a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She also dished out four assists, had one steal and committed no turnovers. JimAnne Baker came off the bench to tally 13 points, tying a career-high she set earlier in February versus Saint Louis. Clementino scored a dozen and grabbed eight boards. Irvin was TCU's other double digit scorer with 10.
Charlotte had a pair of 10-point scorers on the evening with Davidson and Sakellie Daniels. Tameka Smith scored eight points and snagged nine rebounds. Brown finished with seven and six.
TCU forced the 49ers into 30 TOs, which led to a 32-5 advantage in points off turnovers. The Lady Frogs shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) and Charlotte went 15-for-61 (.246) from the field. The rebound battle belonged to Charlotte 48-42 and 18-11 on the offensive glass. After shooting 4-of-15 (.267) at the charity stripe against DePaul in its last game, TCU recovered with a 22-of-31 (.710) showing and was 14-for-15 (.933) in the second half.
The Lady Frogs host East Carolina Sunday, Feb. 20, in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 2 p.m. CST. TCU is 4-0 all-time against the Pirates.