TCU Lady Frogs Hammer Rice

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    Frogs put clamps on Owls on home floor

    HOUSTON, Texas (January 19, 2001) - The TCU Lady Frogs moved to 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and 13-4 overall after dismantling the Rice Owls 58-35 in a Friday night contest at Autry Court. With the victory, TCU is out to its best-ever start to a Division I season, with a 13-4 overall record. The victory over the Owls also extended TCU's winning streak to six games.

    TCU was all over Rice (10-6, 2-2 WAC) from the opening tip. The Owls did not score until the 15:27 mark, after the Frogs had already mustered an 8-0 lead. TCU held Rice to just five points in the first 10 minutes of the game as Rice began the game 1-for-11 from the floor.

    While the Owls were having trouble scoring, the Frogs went to work. TCU, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in three-pointers made, instead used a strong inside game to control the opening stanza. Forward Kati Safaritova scored 10 of TCU's 12 points and post players Janice Thomas, Tiffany Evans and Karen Clayton mixed in 14 points in the first half.

    As a result, TCU led the game 32-18 at the break. The 18 points were the second-fewest scored against TCU in a first half this season, as Brown managed just 17 in the first half on January 1.

    It was more of the same in the second half. TCU jumped out to 26-point advantage at the 11:00 mark. TCU held strong down the stretch and continued to play strong defense. The 35 points allowed were the third-lowest ever scored against the Frogs.

    Safaritova led the Frogs in scoring with 14 points, while freshman Ebony Shaw added 10 off the bench. The Frogs hit just two three-pointers in the contest (2-for-14, .143), but made 19-of-36 (.527) two-point buckets.

    The defending WAC champions, Rice shot a dismal 24.1 percent from the field for the game (13-for-54), the worst shooting percentage against TCU this season. TCU opponents have failed to shoot 40 percent from the field in 15 of 17 games this season.

    The Frogs next host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. TCU then has a nine-day layoff before traveling to Tulsa to complete the season series with the Hurricane on Friday, February 2.



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