Lady Frogs Continue to Roll; Win 7th Straight
Sutton pops in 20 as TCU drops Tulsa 71-54
FORT WORTH, Texas (January 23, 2001) -- The TCU Lady Frogs claimed their seventh straight victory and capped a perfect month of January with a 71-54 victory over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Tuesday night in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. With the victory, the front-running Frogs improved to 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference and are now out to a school-best 14-4 start.
The first half was a see-saw affair that saw 10 lead changes. The biggest lead of the half was a six-point bulge by Tulsa (8-2) at the 16:33 mark.. TCU scuffled early putting the ball in the basket, but was able to stay in the game by cutting down Tulsa's scoring opportunities. Senior Amy Porter grabbed four first-half steals and created several fast-break layup opportunities for the Frogs.
Despite shooting 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field in the opening stanza, Tulsa trailed by two (34-32) at intermission. The second half was a different story, as TCU hit 14-of-28 field goals, while the Golden Hurricane were only able to make 8-of-27 attempts (.296). With an aggressive defense, TCU was able to keep its opponent under 40-percent shooting for the 16th time in 18 games.
TCU built its lead to as many as 25 points in the latter stages of the contest and cruised to a 17-point victory. Senior Jill Sutton, who entered the game ranked fourth in the nation in three-point shooting percentage, knocked down 6-of-9 long-range shots and tied a season-high with 20 points.
In addition, three other Frogs reached double figures: Janice Thomas (15), Tiffany Evans (12) and Kati Safaritova (10). Thomas had a team-high 11 rebounds as she garnered her fourth double-double of the season and the team's first since Evans against Texas on December 28.
TCU drained 10 three-pointers as a team, marking the sixth time the team has achieved that mark this season. In addition, TCU is now 11-0 when scoring at least 70 points. TCU's current seven-game winning streak is one shy of the school-record set during the 1997-98 season.
The Frogs enjoy a nine-day layoff before traveling to Tulsa to
complete the season series with the Hurricane on Friday, February 2 at