Lady Frogs Break the Ponies in 77-57 Victory
Dec. 5, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs (3-3) got back on the winning track as they handily defeated SMU (3-2) on Thursday evening at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum by a 77-57 count. Sophomore Sandora Irvin tallied a career-high 27 points en route to the tenth double-double of her career. The game also marked head coach Jeff Mittie's 100th game at the Frog helm.
The teams stayed even through much of the early going in the game. The Mustangs' only lead of the night came with 11:07 to go in the first half when Kaci Alexander's basket gave SMU an 11-10 advantage. After that, the Lady Frogs steadily pushed their lead ahead, and they went into the halftime break up by 13 at 35-22.
SMU's Andrea Cossey struck first in the second half, dropping in a bucket at the 19:47 mark. Almost single-handedly, Cossey tried to keep the Mustangs in the game as she scored 19 of the team's 35 second-half points. However, Irvin dumped in 16 second-half points of her own, including eight in a two-minute stretch from 17:02 to 15:01.
SMU closed to within ten with 6:46 left when Kim Walter scored on a layup, but senior Tricia Payne dropped in a pair of back-to-back three-pointers to give TCU a 16-point advantage. The field goals were Payne's first since returning from a torn ACL. The Frogs finished their scoring with a trio of "threes" from junior Tracy Wynn, senior Grace Gantt and junior Kim Ortega. SMU was able to cut the 25-point lead to the final 20 with a bucket from Alexander and a "three" by Shanta Ramdhanny.
"We needed a game where we could feel good about our performance," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "Tonight was a much more complete performance than before. We haven't consistently played well so far, and tonight was better."
Irvin led all players with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Junior Amy Pack dropped in nine points and Payne tallied eight on perfect shooting. The other 33 Frog points were evenly distributed between the other eight Lady Frogs who saw action.
TCU heads out on the road to take on former Southwest Conference opponent Texas on Dec. 10 in Austin. The team will finish December at home, playing four games in the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum before the new year. Eighteenth-ranked Oklahoma comes to Fort Worth on Dec. 14 for a 7:00 p.m. tilt to begin the homestand.
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