TCU Tumbles to SMU 87-79 in Regular-Season Finale
Frogs have 12-game coliseum winning streak snapped
FORT WORTH, Texas (March 3, 2001) -- The TCU Lady Frogs were defeated 87-79 by the SMU Mustangs in a classic contest on Saturday night in front of 6,369 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the second-largest crowd in the programs history. With the loss, TCU dropped to 21-7 overall and 13-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.
SMU jumped on top 17-8 early and stayed in front throughout the first 20 minutes. SMU made 8-of-14 three-point attempts (57.1 percent) before intermission and made 14-of-30 first-half attempts overall. TCU also shot well from the field, going 13-for-27, but was just 2-for-9 from behind the arc. As a result, TCU trailed 44-34 at the break.
The Frogs bolted out of the gates in the second half, however, and took a 47-46 lead four minutes into the second half on a layup by Amy Porter, who had a team-high 20 points. The game went back and forth over the next eight minutes until SMU regained its three-point shooting touch. Three threes and a pair of jumpers from inside the line boosted SMU into a 76-64 advantage, and the third-place Mustangs were able to hang on from there.
The 87 points scored by SMU were the most against the Frogs this season. For the game, SMU connected on a school-record 13 three-pointers. SMUs 49.1-shooting perecentage was the second-best this season against the Frogs.
Janice Thomas and Kati Safaritova each had 14 points, while Tiffany Evans had nine points and nine rebounds. TCU finished the season 13-4 at home and had their 12-game DMC winning streak snapped. The Frogs are 0-6 when allowing at least 70 points in a game.
The game was the final home appearance for each of TCUs seniors: Porter, Jill Sutton, Janice Thomas, Karen Clayton and Sally Spencer. Each of the five seniors started the contest.
The Frogs will participate as the number one seed in the WAC
Tournament, which will be held March 6-10 in Tulsa, Okla. TCU plays the
winner of the play-in game between San Jose State and UTEP at noon on
Wednesday, March 7. The winner of the conference tourney receives an
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be played later this month.