TCU Lady Frogs Pull Another Upset, Down No. 13/14 Michigan State
Nov. 28, 2004
One day removed from the biggest upset in school history, the unranked TCU Lady Frogs pulled another stunner by defeating No. 13/14 Michigan State Sunday, 80-75, to win the 26th annual Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. On Saturday, TCU escaped with a 64-63 victory over third-ranked Georgia in the semifinals. The Lady Frogs have won four straight and are 5-1 through their first six games.
TCU looked like it might run away with the game in a hurry after it scored seven unanswered points in the first two minutes. Michigan State opted for a 30-second timeout to reorganize and it paid off, as the Spartans scored the next nine to take a two-point lead with 15:25 to go in the first half.
MSU was able to hang on to a slight advantage for most of the period because the Lady Frogs had no answer for Lindsay Bowen. She scored 20 points in the first half alone by making 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-7 from behind the three-point line. TCU was able to counter with senior Sandora Irvin's nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks, but two fouls slightly limited her playing time.
The Spartans led by as many as seven, 38-31, with just 1:04 showing on the scoreboard after Bowen's fourth trey. TCU true freshman Amanda Holmes made a short appearance at the end of the stanza, converting a three-point play to pull TCU back within four. Michigan State took a 40-36 lead heading into the break.
TCU was able to regain the lead in the second half with 16:47 to go after redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker put her team ahead by one, 42-41, on a couple of free throws. The Lady Frogs were clinging to a three-point advantage, 48-45, at the 14:04 mark after a bucket by Baker when Michigan State went on a 15-3 run over the next 4:33 to snatch a sizeable 10-point upper hand, 61-51.
Despite the bleak outlook for the Lady Frogs, the momentum of the game instantly changed. TCU outscored MSU 29-14 in the final 9:31 of the game. It started with a 12-0 run, five of which were scored by sophomores Natasha Lacy and Ashley Davis. The Purple and White never relinquished the lead once it got it, and Michigan State did not get a field goal for over eight minutes after Kelli Roehrig's layup with 10:11 to go.
Michigan State would not give up without a fight, however, and it only trailed 76-75 with 28 seconds left after Rene Haynes' three. MSU was forced to foul TCU on the next possession and Lacy missed both attempts at the free-throw line. Luckily for the Lady Frogs, Irvin was in perfect position to come away with the rebound, and an immediate foul sent her to the line. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native canned both to put TCU back up by three.
The Spartans were looking for Bowen to take the game-tying three, but TCU's defense smothered her the minute she touched the ball. She kicked it to Haynes, who missed a three on the right side. Davis came away with the board and was fouled. She proceeded to hit both charity tosses with under two seconds remaining to secure the championship for TCU.
Irvin and Davis were both named to the All-Tournament Team following the game, with Irvin taking home Most Valuable Player honors. It was both players' third consecutive appearance on a regular season all-tourney squad dating back to last season's Malibu Beach Classic. Irvin finished with 23 points and 17 rebounds in the game to go along with six assists. Davis tossed in 15 points and four rebounds. Over the course of the three-day tournament, Irvin averaged a staggering 26 points, 13.3 boards and 3.8 rejections. Davis tallied 12.7 points and five rebounds.
Newton and Lacy also contributed a pair of strong performances. Newton had a dozen points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. The 11 boards was a career-high. Lacy added 10 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Bowen finished with a game-high 33 points, while Roehrig chalked up a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Both players were also named to the Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Team.
TCU shot 40.6 percent from the floor (28-69), compared to Michigan State's 41.5 percent mark (27-65). One of the key differences in the game was the Lady Frogs' tenacious effort on the glass, as they out-rebounded the Spartans 47-36. TCU also made the most of its free throw tries by connecting on 21-of-27 (.778).
Having completed a stretch of six games in 10 days, the Lady Frogs will take a few days off before returning to action Dec. 2 when they host SMU at 7 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game will be televised regionally by FOX Sports Net Southwest, marking TCU's first television appearance of the season.
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