Arkansas State Outlasts No. 23/22 TCU, 68-64
Dec. 5, 2004
The No. 23/22-ranked TCU Lady Frogs had their five-game winning streak snapped Sunday in Jonesboro, Ark., by the Arkansas State Lady Indians. The 68-64 loss dropped TCU (6-2) to 0-4 in the all-time series with Arkansas State (3-3). TCU hosts Oklahoma Thursday, Dec. 9, in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 7 p.m. CST for its next match-up.
TCU trailed for most of the first half and did not shoot the ball particularly well. The Lady Frogs made just 10-of-30 (.333) for the period. Arkansas State was able to push the lead to eight, 14-6, with 13:36 remaining on a layup by Rudy Sims. TCU turned to senior Sandora Irvin for some points and she delivered, finishing the half with a dozen and six rebounds.
The Lady Frogs were able to tie the game up at 20 apiece at the 7:09 mark when sophomore Ashley Davis connected on a three-pointer, however, ASU answered with a 9-0 spurt on three treys over a span of 2:03. Ali Carter was responsible for two of them and Amber Abraham nailed the other. TCU managed to slice into the Arkansas State advantage a little and trailed 31-26 at the half.
Sims opened the second period with a three to put the Lady Indians up by eight, however, TCU redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker countered with a three of her own. It started what would become a 13-0 run by the Lady Frogs, giving them a 39-34 lead with 16:07 remaining in the contest. TCU's largest lead was six points, which happened four times. The last came with 9:03 showing on the scoreboard after a pair of free throws by Davis put TCU up 54-48.
Arkansas State continued to hang around and TCU could not make the big shots when it needed them. ASU's Zaneta Lane hit two free throws to pull her squad within one, 60-59, with 4:05 left. The next 2:12 was scoreless until Sims hit a three to give the Lady Indians a 62-60 advantage. TCU sophomore Natasha Lacy tied the game back up on the next possession with a drive to the hole.
TCU had its chances in the final minute and a half. Sims countered Lacy's layup with a jumper to put ASU back on top. The Lady Frogs turned the ball over on their next trip down the court and allowed Adrianne Davie to convert a three-point play with 41.3 seconds left. TCU still had a chance to tie the game with a three when it trailed 67-64. Lacy drove hard on the right side in hopes of getting the two and a foul. Neither happened and after Davie hauled in the rebound the game was essentially over. She was fouled with 8.6 seconds left.
Irvin finished the game as TCU's leading scorer with 17 points and she grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. It was her 50th career double-double performance. Davis tallied 16 points, one shy of her career-high, and came away with six rebounds. Thirteen of her points came in the second half. Lacy was the Lady Frogs' other double figure scorer with 12 points. She also added six rebounds, seven assists and tied a career mark with six steals.
Carter was ASU and the game's leading scorer with 19 points on an 8-of-14 effort from the field. Sims tallied 14 points, assisted on seven baskets and recorded four steals. Lane finished the game with 11 points, and Davie led Arkansas State in rebounds with a dozen.
The difference in the game was points off turnovers. Both squads committed 22 miscues, however, the Lady Indians made the most of the Lady Frogs' TOs by converting them into 25 points. TCU had a mere 10 points off turnovers. TCU's field goal percentage did not help matters either, as it made just 37.3 percent (25-67) compared to 43.9 percent for ASU (25-57).