TCU Falters at No. 9/10 Tennessee, 82-55
Dec. 19, 2004
The TCU women's basketball team dropped an 82-55 decision to the No. 9/10 Tennessee Lady Volunteers Sunday in Knoxville. It was TCU's second defeat in a row and moved its record in the all-time series with UT to 0-4. The Lady Frogs (7-4) are still in search of their first true road victory in 2004-05, as all of their losses have been at an opposing team's home court. TCU owns a 4-0 record this year in games at neutral sites and is 3-0 at home.
TCU and Tennessee (7-2) were neck and neck during the first 12 minutes of the game. The largest lead for either team during the stretch was a five-point margin by the Lady Vols at the 14:27 and 13:05 marks. The Lady Frogs were able to take a one-point edge, 22-21, with 8:55 to go on a layup by sophomore Ashley Davis. It was their last lead in the contest.
TCU was down 23-22 at the third media timeout, which was the closest it would be to UT the rest of the afternoon. Tennessee outscored TCU 25-9 in the last 7:54 of the first period to take a 48-31 advantage into the intermission. A big reason for the disparity was the Lady Vols' 51.4 percent shooting effort (19-37) that was countered by an 11-for-29 showing from the Lady Frogs (.379).
Senior Sandora Irvin's layup with 16:30 remaining in the second half set the score at 51-35, the smallest margin Tennessee had during the final 20 minutes. The Lady Vols' excellent passing was too much for the Lady Frogs, and eventually the lead was pushed to as many as 31, 79-48, when Alexis Hornbuckle converted a three-point play with 2:20 to go. TCU scored seven of the game's final 10 points to chop the UT lead down a bit.
Irvin put up some big numbers for the Purple and White, tallying 21 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks in 37 minutes. She overcame a 5-for-16 shooting performance by making 11-of-16 at the free-throw line. Senior Niki Newton had seven points and six boards, while sophomore Natasha Lacy recorded seven points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals. True freshman Lorie Butler-Rayford added six points and six boards off the bench for the Lady Frogs.
UT's Shyra Ely was the game's high scorer with 23 on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor. She had seven rebounds as well. Hornbuckle put up solid numbers as well with 15 points, seven boards, six assists and five steals. Shanna Zolman notched 11 points, and Brittany Jackson came off the pine to score 10 points.
TCU shot an even 30 percent for the game, making 18-of-60 shots. The Lady Frogs made just two of their 17 tries from behind the arc (.118) and missed all seven in the second stanza. Tennessee connected on 44.1 percent (30-68) of its attempts and was 6-of-20 on treys (.300). UT out-rebounded TCU 47-44, holding a one-rebound advantage on the offensive glass and a two-board edge on the defensive side.
Turnovers were a big factor in the game, with TCU committing 32 and Tennessee 22. UT converted the Lady Frogs' miscues into 25 points, while TCU only managed 11 points off turnovers. The Lady Vols had a large advantage on points in the paint, outscoring the Lady Frogs 44-25. Tennessee's bench was much more productive than TCU's, scoring 15 more than the opposition's 14.
The Lady Frogs return home for only their fourth regular season home game Dec. 21 when they host the Southern California Women of Troy at 5:30 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.