Lady Frogs Trounce Texas Southern, 76-16
Dec. 30, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs (6-5) had a record-shattering afternoon as they handily defeated Texas Southern (2-6) by a 76-16 count on Monday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The biggest record was the nearly 20-year-old NCAA mark for fewest points allowed in a game. The previous record was 19 allowed by Jackson State against Prairie View A&M on March 3, 1983.
The Lady Frogs rushed out to a 15-0 run to start the game, not allowing Texas Southern to score until the 14:18 mark. TCU let the Lady Tigers score only three more points in the half with their last point coming on a free throw by Monica Okolo with 4:29 to go. The Frogs took a commanding 39-5 lead into the locker room at intermission.
TCU started the second half with a 16-0 run to go up 55-5, and continued to hold the Lady Tigers scoreless for another 6:35. Patrice Hunter sank a shot to break the TSU dry spell. However, sophomore Sandora Irvin made three trips to the charity stripe during the next three minutes, sinking the second shot of each pair. Senior Grace Gantt then dropped in the next six points for the Lady Frogs, giving them a 63-9 advantage with 8:35 to play. TCU steadily increased its advantage throughout the rest of the game, seeing playing time from all players. Jennifer Hickmon scored five of TSU's remaining seven points to lead the Lady Tigers.
"After coming off a huge win the other night, I was really pleased with the defensive intensity tonight," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We're getting closer to playing well at both ends of the floor."
"Holding a national record (NCAA fewest points allowed), especially one based on defensive play is exciting," continued Mittie. "Our defense was very good. They (Texas Southern) had a tough day, but our players stayed focused on defense for much of the game."
Gantt led all scorers with 16 points, while Irvin had an all-around game with 15 points, 12 boards, six blocks and four steals for the afternoon. Junior Ebony Shaw was the third Lady Frog to finish with double-figure points as she had 10. Juniors Tracy Wynn and Amy Pack each pulled down eight rebounds in the effort.
TCU finishes a five-game homestand by hosting Miami University on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. The Lady Frogs will then be on the road for four straight beginning with a trip to Santa Clara on Jan. 6. Home Conference USA action will begin Jan. 24 for the Lady Frogs when they entertain East Carolina.
Single-Game Records set vs. Texas Southern: