TCU Downs Sam Houston State Sunday, 94-76
Dec. 19, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU shot over 60 percent from the floor Sunday night and rolled to a 94-76 decision over Sam Houston State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs, who are now 6-5 on the season and led by as many as 33 Sunday, went 34-of-56 from the floor to post the second-highest field goal percentage in a single-game in program history. Overall, TCU couldn't be stopped during first half play, going 20-of-31, including 7-of-12 from behind the arc. The Frogs' 56 points in the first half is currently tied for the fourth-most first half points scored in program history.
Emily Carter led all scorers Sunday, torching the Bearkats for 29 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including going 7-of-9 from deep. By draining seven three's, Carter posted a new career-high, which is also tied for No. 4 all-time in 3-point field goals made in a single-game in program history.
Not to be outdone, fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir just missed a triple-double against the Kats, scoring 18 points, while also grabbing 10 boards and dishing out seven assists. DeLisa Gross also scored in double-figures Sunday, tying her career-high with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting. Finally, Micah Garoutte and Briesha Wynn both added 10 points, respectively.
SHSU's Britni Martin had a solid outing Sunday, netting 22 points, while three other player's scored in double figures for the Bearkats, who outscored TCU in the second half.
Sam Houston State, now 6-6 on the season, cut into the deficit at 67-44 at the 15-minute mark of the second half, but Sverrisdottir connected on back-to-back buckets to move the score to 71-46 with a little over 13 minutes remaining in the contest. The Bearkats continued to battle though knocking down a three from the right side of the court before the Iceland native connected on a turn-around jumper from the left side of the court.
The two teams proceeded to trade buckets, but SHSU battled back to pull within 17 at 77-60 before Carter drilled a three off a pass from Antoinette Thompson to halt the late-run.
Carter drained another three from the top of the key at the 5:30 mark of the second half to push TCU's lead back to 84-62. The senior then connected on an alley-oop pass to Gross the next time down the court and the Frogs cruised down the stretch for a comfortable 94-76 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Horned Frogs opened the game on fire jumping out to a quick 9-2 advantage with Gross and Sverrisdottir scoring the Frogs' first nine points, including a three by Sverrisdottir from the top of the key.
Carter and Gross got into the act a few moments later, dropping two-straight three's to give TCU a 15-2 advantage with a little over 15 minute to go in the half. Following some beautiful ball movement, Sverrisdottir found Wynn who scored on a tough driving lay-up and the Frogs' caught fire going on an 18-3 run halfway through the first half that was capped by Carter's three from the top of the key.
Up 40-16 with 6 minutes left in the first half, freshman Meagan Henson pushed the ball down the court and found a running Garoutte who scored on a fast-break lay-up. Garoutte followed it up, connecting on a three-point play to give TCU a comfortable 45-16 advantage late in the half.
Rachel Rentschler's bucket from the top of the key right before the half gave TCU its largest lead in the first period and brought the halftime score to 56-25.
The Horned Frogs will next be in action against Georgia on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. at the DMC. Admission and hot dogs are only $1.00 Wednesday night.