Nov. 28, 2008
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CANCUN, Mexico--No. 22/24 TCU finished off its stay at the Caribbean Challenge on a strong note Friday with a 71-55 victory over Eastern Michigan at Moon Palace Resort. The victory helped the squad bounce back from Thursday's first loss of the season at the hands of Boston College.
The Lady Frogs improved to 6-1 on the season, which matches the best seven-game start in Head Coach Jeff Mittie's tenure also reached in 2003-04 and 2004-05.
Sophomore Helena Sverrisdottir totaled a game-high 18 points to lead the Lady Frogs' scoring attack. She went 8-of-10 from the field in addition to dishing out a career-best-tying eight assists.
Sophomore Rachel Rentschler, making her first career start, continued her strong play Friday, finishing with 13 points and a career-best 14 rebounds. The game marked the third consecutive outing Rentschler pulled down a career-high total on the boards. She finished the Frogs' two-game trip to Cancun with single-game averages of 17.0 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Junior TK LaFleur scored 12 points with six assists and four boards, while junior Shayla Moore gave the Frogs a huge lift off the bench with nine points, including seven in the first half. Moore's effort helped ease the loss of junior Eboni Mangum, who was unable to play due to an injury suffered during Thursday's loss to Boston College.
Guards Tevelyn James and Cassie Schrock led Eastern Michigan with 17 and 11 points, respectively. Tara Johnson collected a team-high 11 boards.
The contest remained close for much of the game until TCU put together a 9-0 run midway through the second half to go on top by 12 points, 48-36, with about 12-and-a-half minutes remaining.
Sverrisdottir nailed a 3-pointers after sophomore Micah Garoutte hit the back end of a two-shot trip to the charity stripe to start of the spurt. Junior Chantelle John then added a layup after gathering in a board off the offensive glass, while LaFleur recorded a layup and was fouled before adding a free throw.
TCU was able to hold the Eagles scoreless for nearly five minutes during the stretch until Johnson scored on a layup to end the run. Sophomore Emily Carter then nailed her first 3-pointer of the game to give the Frogs what was then their biggest lead at 51-38.
The Frogs put the game away with an 8-0 run that helped push their advantage to 18 points, 66-48, with 3:46 to play. LaFleur accounted for four points before Garoutte and Rentschler each added buckets.
TCU found itself trailing by one point after the game's first 10 minutes, but Moore provided the Frogs team with a boost by scoring seven points in just over three minutes after entering the lineup.
Moore first found John on a nice feed underneath for a layup, then scored two baskets of her own to put the Frogs up five points 12 minutes into the contest. She added her first trey of the season three minutes later to push the score to 29-24. The Frogs did not trail the rest of the game.
TCU continues its seven-game road swing Thursday, Dec. 4, when the squad visits Fresno State. The Frogs will then play in the Contra Costa Times Classic hosted by Cal Dec. 6-7 in Berkeley, Calif.