TCU Hands North Dakota State First Loss, 74-43

Natasha Lacy had 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals against NDSU Tuesday night.

Natasha Lacy had 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals against NDSU Tuesday night.

Feb. 22, 2005

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Lady Frogs (20-8, 10-3 C-USA) ran their streak of 20-win seasons to five Tuesday by knocking off the North Dakota State Bison (24-1) by a 74-43 score in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU had not hosted an undefeated team this late in the season since the Texas Longhorns came to Fort Worth, Texas, exactly 19 years ago with a 25-0 record. NDSU is in its first season as an NCAA Division I women's basketball program.

TCU never trailed in the contest, going up 5-0 with just 1:05 gone off the clock. The Lady Frogs' lead hit double figures for the first time at the 10:57 mark when Niki Newton got an easy layup in transition off a feed from Moneka Knight to make the score 14-4. After North Dakota State's Katie Lorenz hit a jumper to pull her squad within 13, 23-10, with 7:23 remaining, the Lady Frogs went on an 11-0 run. TCU headed to the locker room with a 42-17 advantage at the half.

The Bison shot just 24 percent (6-of-25) in the first period and committed 14 turnovers. TCU connected on 17-of-38 (.447) and had six miscues. The Lady Frogs' also out-rebounded North Dakota State 26-18.

NDSU made a little push in the opening three minutes of the second half, cutting the TCU lead down to 18, 44-26, after Leah Klabo canned a jumper. The Lady Frogs answered back and eventually pushed the deficit to 30, 63-33, on a Vanessa Clementino free throw with 8:24 to go in the game. TCU's largest lead came with 3:56 showing on the scoreboard when Natasha Lacy drove to the basket for a layup to set the score at 68-35.

TCU's Sandora Irvin was the leading scorer with 18 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Lacy ended with 14 points, nine boards, seven assists and three steals. Clementino reached double figures in scoring as well with a dozen off the bench. Newton was the Lady Frogs' other double digit scorer with 11 in just 16 minutes of action. Knight turned in a solid outing off the bench with five points and career-highs in rebounds (5) and assists (6).

Katie Dahlen, Danni Heintzelman, Klabo and Lorenz all scored eight points to lead North Dakota State. Lacey Johnson came away with a team-best nine rebounds, while Lorenz added seven boards.

TCU made 42.6 percent (29-of-68) of its shots and finished 14-of-23 (.609) at the free-throw line. NDSU went 16-for-60 (.267) from the field and was 9-of-15 (.600) at the line. TCU had a 51-41 edge on the glass and won the turnover battle 14-22. The Lady Frogs were dominant inside, outscoring the Bison 48-18, and they led 18-6 in fast break points.

The Lady Frogs' final home and regular season game takes place Sunday, Feb. 27, at noon CST versus Conference USA rival Houston (19-7, 9-4 C-USA). TCU upended the Lady Cougars earlier in the season in Houston by a 63-55 score. The game will be televised by the C-USA Television Network and can be seen locally on KFWD Channel 52. The contest also marks the final home game for seniors Irvin and Newton.



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