Lady Frogs Win Big in Season Opener with Texas State, 86-44
Nov. 21, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas
The No. 24/23 TCU Lady Frogs notched a 42-point win Friday night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, downing Texas State in their home and season opener by an 86-44 count. Next up on TCU's docket is a date with crosstown-rival SMU this Monday, Nov. 24, at Moody Coliseum in Dallas at 7 p.m.
The Lady Frogs snatched an early 4-0 lead in the first 45 seconds after senior Tiffany Evans recorded a layup and a pair of free throws. TCU's advantage quickly grew to 10 at 14-4 when redshirt freshman Ashley Davis drilled a three-pointer with 15:12 to go in the first half. It looked as though the Purple and White would run away with the game when junior Sandora Irvin tallied a lay-in to give TCU the 23-9 lead, but Texas State mounted a comeback.
Some steady play by the Bobcats and miscues by the Lady Frogs allowed TSU to sneak back into the contest, as they slashed the lead to as little as five with 9:34 showing in the first stanza. The Bobcats' Ally Kelly connected on a trey to cap a 9-0 run. With two and a half minutes to go, TCU began pounding the lane, forcing Texas State into foul trouble. The Lady Frogs used free throws to take a 44-26 advantage at the intermission.
Texas State looked to crawl back into the game early in the second half of play, cutting the Lady Frog lead to 14, 46-32, after Aleise Johnson laid in a feed from Julie Brooks from underneath the basket. A 30-second timeout by TCU Head Coach Jeff Mittie refocused the bunch, and the Lady Frogs took control for good. The lead swelled to over 30 points with 6:36 to play thanks to a three-point bucket by senior Ebony Shaw. It hit 40 once redshirt junior Stephanie Faulkner dropped in an easy two after a feed from senior Kim Ortega with 1:26 to play.
Davis led all scorers with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the floor. She also hit on three of her four attempts from downtown. Irvin notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Evans tossed in a dozen points and sank all four of her charity tosses. Irvin also added five blocks. Senior Tracy Wynn turned in a solid outing with nine points and six grabs off the glass. Faulkner was also a solid contributor with six points and seven boards.
The Lady Frogs' backcourt freshmen duo of Natasha Lacy and Adrianne Ross gave an impressive performance on the night. Lacy scored four points, seven assists and tallied five steals, while her classmate came off the bench to add nine points on 4-of-7 shooting.
Texas State's Kelly was the lone Bobcat to reach double figures with 10 points in 21 minutes of play. Brooks chipped in with eight points and Christen West added seven to help TSU's cause.
As a team, TCU was red hot from behind the arc, hitting at a 50 percent clip (9-18). TCU also held a dominant edge in rebounds at 50-31. The Lady Frogs also had 18 assists to Texas State's four.