TCU Upends Fresno State, 74-67

Frogs use balanced attack to move to 11-1 in WAC

FRESNO, Calif. (February 18, 2001) - The TCU Lady Frogs bounced back from their first conference loss of the season with a 74-67 road victory over the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. The win moved TCU to 19-5 overall and a league-best 11-1 in the Western Athletic Conference.

TCU, who managed just 19 points in the second half during a loss to Nevada on Friday, came out sizzling, scoring 21 points through the game's first five minutes. TCU hit four three-pointers over that span, with twin sisters Jill Sutton and Amy Porter combining for three treys.

The Frogs pushed the margin to 27-14 just nine minutes into the game and kept the Bulldogs at bay the rest of the way. TCU carried a 40-30 lead into halftime as a result of 14-for-32 shooting (43.8 percent).

TCU pushed the lead to as many as 17 in the second half, but Fresno State (9-16, 5-8 WAC) used a barrage of three-pointers to close the gap down the stretch. The Frogs connected on 5-of-6 free throws in the game's final minute to earn the win.

TCU is now 8-2 away from Fort Worth this season, including a 6-1 mark in conference play. The Frogs have won 18 of their last 21 ballgames.

Once again TCU was well-balanced offensively, as each of the five starting Frogs had at least nine points. Janice Thomas led the squad with 14 points, followed by Kati Safaritova (13), Tricia Payne (12) and Jill Sutton (12). By adding 10 rebounds, Thomas recorded her sixth double-double of the season and 13th of her TCU career.

TCU completes its three-game WAC road trip with a contest at UTEP on Thursday, Feb 21. The Frogs final three regular-season games are at home, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 25.



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