TCU Comes Back to Defeat California, 96-89
Nov. 26, 2004
Five Lady Frogs scored in double figures Friday to help TCU overcome an eight-point deficit against California with 16:38 to play in the second half. The Lady Frogs upended the Golden Bears 96-89 in Honolulu, Hawaii, in round one of the 26th annual Rainbow Wahine Classic. TCU takes on No. 3-ranked Georgia in the semifinals Saturday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 p.m. CST. The Lady Bulldogs had little trouble posting a 77-55 victory over Idaho in the first round.
TCU came out flat in the first half and found itself trailing 12-7 after 4:07 had passed. A quick 7-0 run over the next 2:27 put TCU on top, 14-12. TCU was able to connect on 12-of-14 field goal attempts after starting the game 3-for-9, which enabled it to lead by as many as 13 at 36-23 with 6:01 to play in the period.
The final seven minutes of the first half, however, were unkind to the Lady Frogs, as they did not hit a field goal and managed only four points. The Golden Bears tallied 16 points during the stretch and took a one-point advantage into the locker room, 39-38. Foul trouble hurt the Purple and White, as senior Sandora Irvin, sophomore Natasha Lacy and redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker each racked up three during the half.
Cal's Kristin Iwanaga scored 10 points by going 3-for-3 from the field and the free-throw line. It made her 6-for-6 and 9-for-9 in the first three halves of basketball for the Golden Bears this season. Leigh Gregory missed just one of her six shots to lead the team with a dozen. TCU sophomore Adrianne Ross topped the Lady Frogs with 12 points and she came away with four steals.
The Golden Bears' 49-41 lead in the second half came on a jumper by Sarah Pool. TCU responded with seven unanswered points in 2:27 and with 11:44 to go, Ross tied the ballgame up at 57 apiece on a layup. Iwanaga drilled consecutive threes on the Lady Frogs to put Cal back up by six, 65-59, with 9:38 showing on the clock, but it did not deflate TCU's spirit.
TCU slowly chipped away at the lead and took a one-point lead, 71-70, after Irvin converted a three-point play. The final nine minutes of the game belonged to TCU and the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native Irvin. She scored 19 points during the home stretch after sitting out a good portion of the second half when she picked up her fourth personal foul early in the stanza.
Irvin's 27 tied her career mark for the fourth time. Classmate Niki Newton was also key for the Lady Frogs, scoring 15 points in the second half en route to a career-high 17. Ross established a new career-high with 23 points in the contest, surpassing the 21 she had at Memphis last season. She went 9-for-16 from the field and 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. She also had a career-high six steals. Newton was 6-for-11 and 5-for-5 at the line. Junior transfer Vanessa Clementino tallied a dozen points and six rebounds, and sophomore Ashley Davis added 11. Davis is the only Lady Frog to score in double digits in all four games this year. Lacy had 10 assists in the game and scored four points.
Gregory led California with 25 points, making 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Kiki Williams had 18 points and finished a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the arc. Iwanaga had 16 and Jessica Lawson added 11 points.
TCU shot 53.2 percent for the afternoon (33-62) and made 60 percent (18-30) in the second half. The Lady Frogs were very accurate at the free-throw line, knocking down 26-of-32 (.813). California shot 47.9 percent (34-71) and was a stellar 9-for-11 (.818) on treys, which was a TCU opponent record for three-point field goal percentage in a game.
With 27 points, Irvin moved ahead of Jill Sutton on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,307 points. Sutton had 1,300 from 1997-01. Irvin is now in second-place behind Janice Dziuk, who netted 1,448 during her career from 1986-90.