No. 23/22 TCU Handles SMU in Women's Hoops, 85-65
Dec. 2, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
Four of five starters scored in double figures Thursday night in the No. 23/22 TCU Lady Frogs' (6-1) 85-65 victory over the SMU Mustangs (4-1) in Fort Worth. The victory was TCU's fifth in a row and third straight over SMU. It was TCU's first television appearance of the 2004-05 season, as the game was seen regionally on FOX Sports Net Southwest.
TCU jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with not even a minute off the scoreboard. SMU was able to counter, but the Lady Frogs quickly ran the disparity to double digits with 15:17 left in the half when sophomore Natasha Lacy canned one of her three treys to set the score at 19-8. TCU's lead would stay in double digits the rest of the night.
The Lady Frogs closed the final 3:58 with an 11-5 run to take a 20-point lead (52-32) into the locker room. TCU's final seven points came from Lacy on a three, a jumper and a strong drive to the basket. Lady Frog coach Jeff Mittie kept his perfect record in tact at TCU when taking a double digit halftime lead, improving to 57-0.
The Purple and White started slow in the first five minutes of the second stanza but began to pick things up afterwards. The upper hand became 30 at 72-42 with 10:51 to play when Lacy was able to convert a three-point play. TCU's largest lead was 34 (81-47) at the 6:23 mark when senior Sandora Irvin grabbed a missed shot by fellow classmate Niki Newton and got an easy layup underneath the hoop.
SMU ended the contest by outscoring TCU 18-4 after the Lady Frogs removed all of their starters from the game. TCU's only field goal during the stretch came courtesy of redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker. The others came on one free throw each by Baker and freshman Amanda Holmes.
Irvin finished as the game's high scorer with 24 points, and she fell one rebound shy of her 50th career double-double. Irvin also tied her career-high for steals with five. Lacy gave an outstanding performance with 18 points, not missing a single shot on the night. Her 6-for-6 effort from the floor tied two other Lady Frogs (Janice Dziuk and Carol Glover) for the single game school record for field goal percentage. She also finished 3-of-3 at the free-throw line and had seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Lady Frogs also received a notable effort from Newton, who had 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Newton's five helpers was a new career-high. Junior transfer Vanessa Clementino was TCU's other double digit scorer with 10. All of her points were scored in the first half of play.
SMU was led by Janielle Dodds' 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dodds made 8-of-10 shots from the charity stripe. Sarah Davis turned in a good night with 10 points, eight boards and three steals. Katie Gross tallied 13 points off the bench and four rebounds.
TCU shot just under 50 percent for the game, making 32-of-67 (.478). SMU managed a 24-for-68 outing (.353). The Lady Frogs dominated in the paint with a 40-24 scoring margin, and they coverted 22 Mustang turnovers into 28 points. TCU committed 19 miscues, however, SMU only turned that figure into a dozen points.