TCU opens WNIT play Sunday vs. Boise State

Lorie Butler-Rayford enters Sunday's contest needing only 20 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

Lorie Butler-Rayford enters Sunday's contest needing only 20 points to reach 1,000 for her career.

March 21, 2008


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Game #33
WOMEN'S NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT
Second Round
TCU (21-11; 13-3 MWC) vs. Boise State (24-7; 14-2 WAC)
Fort Worth, Texas -- Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
Sunday, March 23 -- 5 p.m.
Television: None
Radio: 88.7 KTCU-FM, gofrogs.com
Internet: Live Radio via KTCU; Live Video Stream and Statistics via All-Access

FORT WORTH--TCU begins its eight straight season of non-conference postseason play Sunday, when it laces up against Boise State in Round 2 of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Tip-off at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Lady Frogs look to finish off their 2007-08 season strong after just missing out on receiving an eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid last week. Sunday's game marks the program's first-ever appearance in the postseason version of the WNIT, although the team did open both this season and the 1999-2000 campaign playing in the Preseason WNIT.

The Lady Frogs were one of 16 teams to receive a first-round bye in the tournament. The field has been cut from its original 48 teams to 32 following opening-round action March 19-22. Sunday's winning squad will meet up with the winner of Saturday's Texas State-Texas Tech game at a site to be determined during the period of March 26-28.

Boise State cruised in its opening-round matchup with Idaho State, 77-54, to advance to the tournament's second round. The team used a 16-0 run to put the game away early in the second half after holding only a four-point lead at intermission.

The contest will mark the third all-time meeting between the Lady Frogs and Broncos. BSU has won both previous matchups, although the teams have not played in more than 16 years since a 93-83 Bronco win in a tournament game at Wichita State on Dec. 22, 1991.

As always, Sunday's game can be heard live on the radio in the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams calling the action. All games this season, home and away, will be broadcast live on KTCU. Live stats and a link to an Internet radio feed will be available via GoFrogs.com.

FROG QUICK NOTES
-TCU owns a 5-7 all-time record in national postseason tournaments, with each game coming during the past seven seasons in NCAA Tournament play.

-Sunday will be TCU's 33rd game this season, which will tie for the third-most in program history.

-Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will play host to a women's national postseason tournament game for the first time ever Sunday.

-Lorie Butler-Rayford needs only 20 points to become the 10th member of TCU's 1,000-point club.

-TCU has won 11 of its last 13 games and 16 of 20 following a 5-7 start to the season.

-TCU is on pace to record the second-lowest figures in school history for opponent scoring average (58.7 ppg) and turnovers per game (16.5 pg).

-TCU leads the MWC in scoring (69.8 ppg) and offensive rebounds (14.4 pg) and ranks second in turnover margin (+4.97) and steals (10.34 spg).

-TCU has reached the 20-win level for the seventh time in the last eight seasons.

-TCU is 17-0 when allowing 59 points or fewer this season.

-The Frog bench has outscored the opponent bench in 27 of 32 games by an average of 8.3 ppg.

-TCU has allowed 42 points or fewer during a school-record four games this season.

-The Frogs have won the turnover battle in 23 of 32 games with five ties.

-Helena Sverrisdottir (9.3 ppg) is on pace to finish the season as TCU's highest-scoring freshman since Sandora Irvin (10.8 ppg) in 2001-02.

-Sverrisdottir is the only freshman to appear in the MWC statistical rankings for assists (13th), rebounding (15th) and scoring (21st).

-Moneka Knight has set single-season career bests this year for games started, points, rebounds and steals. She also is on pace for highs in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage.

-Helen Roden (8.0 ppg) ranks second in the MWC for scoring by players with five starts or fewer (Aubrey Vandiver, Wyoming--10.9 ppg).

-The senior class of Lorie Butler-Rayford, Moneka Knight, Jenna Lohse, Adrianne Ross and Helen Roden ranks as the fourth-winningest group in program history (109-51 since 2003-04).

-The group of seniors has combined for 3,928 points, 1,910 rebounds, 1,096 assists and 759 steals during their careers.

SCOUTING BOISE STATE (24-7; 14-2 WAC)
Boise State put together a solid regular season featuring a share of its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship after registering a 14-2 mark in league play. The squad earned the No. 2 seed in the WAC Tournament, where it was upended by New Mexico State in the semifinal round, 72-66. The loss at the hands of the Aggies snapped a 15-game Bronco winning streak. BSU split a pair of regular season meetings with WAC co-champion Fresno State, a team TCU defeated, 75-63, back on Nov. 28 in Fort Worth.

The Broncos average 73.5 points per game for the 26th-highest total among Division I teams this season while posting a +8.2 average scoring margin. Fueling the team's scoring efforts is the nation's 23rd-best 3-point field goals per game average (6.8). The squad also takes good care of the basketball, averaging only 16.4 turnovers per contest.

Junior guard Tasha Harris leads the team in scoring with her 16.2-points-per-game average, while fellow junior guard Jessica Thompson also averages double figures at 13.8 ppg. In addition to leading the team in scoring, Harris has totaled a team-best 108 assists. Sophomore center Ja'Lara Walker and senior forward Jackie Lee pace the team's efforts on the glass by averaging 5.2 and 5.1 rebounds per game, respectively.

INSIDE THE SERIES
-TCU and Boise State have not played in more than 16 years since Dec. 22, 1991. The Broncos grabbed a 93-83 victory during the Shocker Classic, a tournament hosted by Wichita State.

-Boise State won the teams' first meeting, 84-61, on Dec. 10, 1982 during the Boise State Invitational.

TCU ALL-TIME IN POSTSEASON PLAY
TCU owns a 5-7 record all-time in postseason non-conference tournament action as members of NCAA Division I. The Lady Frogs had never qualified for postseason action prior to the arrival of Head Coach Jeff Mittie, but they now own an eight-year streak in such tournaments.

Each of the program's last seven seasons ended with NCAA Championship berths. TCU was able to advance to the second round during five of its seven NCAA appearances. Sunday marks the squad's first-ever postseason Women's NIT contest. TCU opened both this season and the 1999-2000 camaign in the Preseason WNIT.

BUTLER-RAYFORD NEARING MILESTONE
Senior guard/forward Lorie Butler-Rayford needs only 20 more points to become only the 10th member of TCU's 1,000-point club. She moved into second place on the program's career rebounds chart during the Frogs' latest outing.

The nine Frogs with at least 1,000 career points include: Sandora Irvin (1,892), Adrianne Ross (1,654), Janice Dziuk (1,448), Jill Sutton (1,300), Ashley Davis (1,291), Tricia Payne (1,178), Amy Porter (1,166), Ebony Shaw (1,156) and Leah Garcia (1,151).

 

 


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