Lady Frogs Drop Final Game in Regular Season
Feb. 27, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU Lady Frogs (20-9, 10-4 C-USA) dropped their final regular-season game of the 2004-05 season Sunday. The Houston Lady Cougars (20-7, 10-4 C-USA) upended TCU by a 61-52 count in Fort Worth, Texas.
Since both squads were 1-1 against each other and their wins and losses were to the same teams, representatives from the Conference USA office conducted a draw following Houston's win. Two pieces of paper with the names of each school were placed inside a box and then shaken up. Brenda Weare, C-USA Senior Associate Commissioner, drew Houston's name first, giving the Lady Cougar's the No. 3 seed and TCU the four.
Houston was able to build as much as a nine-point lead in the first half, coming with 13:15 left in the period when Jasmin Moore hit a three to make the score 14-5. TCU went on a 10-2 run over the next 2:16 to pull within one and eventually took the lead with 8:17 showing on the clock when Natasha Lacy hit a trey to put her squad ahead 19-18. The Lady Frogs and Lady Cougars entered halftime tied up at 27.
The first half featured four lead changes and five ties. Houston was able to out-rebound TCU 20-14, however, it shot just 32 percent (8-of-25). The Lady Frogs made 37.5 percent (9-of-24) of their shots.
Ashley Davis began the second stanza with a three for TCU, but Houston came back with a 9-0 spurt in 1:43. The Lady Cougars continued to lead the rest of the second half. The closest TCU got was at the 5:06 mark when Sandora Irvin got a layup to pull the Lady Frogs within two, 47-45. The Lady Frogs made just one of six shots in the last five minutes and Houston was able to make 7-of-9 at the free-throw line.
Irvin led all scorers with 21 points, and she collected eight rebounds and blocked seven shots. Lacy also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points while adding five boards, four assists and four steals. Davis tallied 10 points and hit three treys.
Sancho Lyttle recorded a double-double for UH coming on 11 points and 16 rebounds. Daphne Andre was the Lady Cougars' high scorer with a dozen off the bench. She made 8-of-10 at the charity stripe. Crystal Simpson had 11 points and Joann Overstreet added 10.
TCU shot 32.6 percent (15-of-46) from the floor, while Houston made 37.5 percent (18-of-48). The Lady Cougars held a 36-29 advantage on the glass and outscored TCU 7-2 on second chance points. The two teams combined for 49 turnovers, 26 of which belonged to TCU. Houston had a 21-13 edge on points off turnovers.
The Conference USA Tournament takes place over March 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C. TCU faces the winner of No. 12-seeded Southern Miss and No. 5 USF at 3:30 p.m. EST Friday, March 4.