TCU women's basketball season in review

April 8, 2008

The TCU women's basketball team recorded its seventh 20-win campaign in the last eight seasons while putting together a 23-12 record in 2007-08. The Lady Frogs overcame a slow start on their way to a second-place finish in the Mountain West Conference--the program's highest since joining the league three seasons ago. At one point following a 5-7 start, the Frogs won as many as 13 of 15 games and finished the season with 18 victories in their last 23 games.

Head Coach Jeff Mittie led TCU to a 13-3 conference mark, which tied for the most league wins in program history. The team qualified for post-season play for the eighth straight season and reached the quarterfinal round of the Women's NIT before bowing out to Colorado in overtime. Included in the Frogs' WNIT run was a third-round victory over Texas Tech that marked the school's first-ever win over the Lady Raiders in 38 chances.

A group of five seniors--Lorie Butler-Rayford, Moneka Knight, Jenna Lohse, Helen Roden and Adrianne Ross--finished its Frog tenure with 111 wins, which tied for the second-most in program history over a five-year period.

TCU recorded its best league record in its three Mountain West Conference seasons to earn a second runner-up finish in the last three years. The Lady Frogs lost only three games, two to undefeated Utah and one to a ranked Wyoming squad, during regular-season play. The loss to Wyoming was avenged during a 73-59 TCU victory in Fort Worth a month later.

Adrianne Ross, Lorie Butler-Rayford and Helena Sverrisdottir each found their names among the players named All-Mountain West Conference March 10 by the league office.

Ross, who was named Second-Team All-MWC, earned her third straight all-conference nod, while Butler-Rayford claimed her second career all-conference honor with a selection to the All-MWC Third Team.

Sverrisdottir, in addition to being anointed honorable-mention All-MWC, became only the second player in program history to garner league Freshman-of-the-Year honors.

TCU made a major rally this season to earn its seventh 20-win season in the last eight years after compiling a 5-7 pre-Christmas record. The squad climbed to 12 games above the .500 mark at one point of the season by winning 18 of 22 games. Included among the period was a seven-game winning streak, which marked one of the most successful stretches in program history:

*The streak was TCU's longest since a nine-game stretch in 2005-06 and ranks tied for fourth overall among the team's all-time winning streaks. The all-time record of 11 was set in 2000-01.

*TCU's seven straight league victories marked the program's most since that 2000-01 winning streak, which featured 10 of the 11-straight wins recorded in-conference.

TCU featured one of the best defensive squads in school history this season that posted two new program records, in addition to approaching the all-time mark for scoring defense:

*TCU allowed 42 points or fewer in a game four times, which marked a new single-season program record. The Frogs previously had allowed 42 points or fewer three times during three campaigns: 2004-05, 2001-02 and 2000-01. There have been 22 games in school history when TCU has allowed 42 points or fewer, with 17 coming in the last nine years under Jeff Mittie.

*TCU set a school record Feb. 20 at Colorado State with its seventh straight game allowing 59 points or fewer. The previous record of six straight contests was posted in 1978-79, when the program was still a member of TAIAW Div. II.

*The squad's final opponent scoring average of 60.1 points per game ranked second only to the 2001-02 team's record of 58.6.

All but three of TCU's 23 victories this season featured a final margin of at least 11 points. Eight of the Frogs' wins were by at least 30 points, and the team's victory margin was an impressive 22.0 points per game. The large victories helped the squad post a +11.0-point scoring margin overall.

TCU's lone single-digit wins this season came against New Mexico (twice-three points, eight points) and Texas Tech (seven points).

Among TCU's 23 victories were two wins against teams ranked in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Polls.

The Frogs posted one of the most impressive wins in program history during a 97-63 win over No. 20/23 Oklahoma State, which entered the contest undefeated on the season at 7-0. The final margin of 34 points easily surpassed the program's previous highest against a ranked squad, 20 points (73-53) vs. No. 12/11 DePaul on Feb. 22, 2004.

TCU also defeated a ranked Wyoming squad (No. 22/22) on Feb. 13 by a 73-59 score that marked the fourth-highest victory margin in school history against a rated team. The Frogs have now downed at least one ranked opponent each of the last six seasons.

The Frogs' final road record of 7-8 may not at first appear to be impressive until one considers the squad's start to the season away from Fort Worth.

TCU went 7-2 in its last nine games away from home to help rebound from an 0-6 start in such contests. TCU's Feb. 20 road victory at Colorado State marked its fifth straight win away from Fort Worth, matching the program record. The Frogs also won five straight road games during both the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.

Adrianne Ross broke three of TCU's major career records during her senior season, for steals, games played and field goals attempted.

The Hobbs, N.M., native cracked the career steals standard, formerly held by Rachel Hesse (1989-93), during the Jan. 4 win over UT Arlington. She entered the game only two behind Hesse on TCU's all-time list and passed her with her 285th steal with 7:26 remaining in the second half. Ross boasts a career steals average of 2.5 per game and also owns the TCU single-game record of 10.

Ross broke former teammate Ebony Shaw's career games played mark during TCU's first-round MWC Tourney win over Air Force with her 131st career appearance. Moneka Knight finished her career tied for second place on the same list.

Ross set a new field-goal attempts record during TCU's MWC Tournament semifinal loss to San Diego State on March 14 with her 1,504th career shot.

Lorie Butler-Rayford became only the 10th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone for a career during the March 23 WNIT win over Boise State. She entered the game needing 20 points to hit the mark, and she finished the contest with 21, only her second career 20-point effort. Butler-Rayford scored her 20th point on a free throw with 1:55 remaining in the game.

Eight of the 10 members of the Lady Frogs' 1,000-point club have played for Head Coach Jeff Mittie, with the lone exceptions of Janice Dziuk (1986-90) and Leah Garcia (1994-98).

TCU's 1,000-Point Club: Sandora Irvin (1,892), Adrianne Ross (1,725), Janice Dziuk (1,448), Jill Sutton (1,300), Ashley Davis (1,291), Tricia Payne (1,178), Amy Porter (1,166), Ebony Shaw (1,156), Leah Garcia (1,151) and Lorie Butler-Rayford (1,033).

Butler-Rayford also finished her career with 817 rebounds, which ranks No. 2 all-time among Lady Frogs to former teammate Irvin.

Adrianne Ross experienced one of the top offensive performances ever for a Lady Frog during a 38-point outburst Dec. 16 at Florida. She hit 14 of a school-record 29 attempts from the field, including a career-high six 3-pointers, to lead TCU to the brink of victory in overtime. The scoring and field goals totals each fell just shy of program records. The performance marked the 17th highest scoring total for any Division I player during the season.

TCU's five-player senior class of Lorie Butler-Rayford, Moneka Knight, Jenna Lohse, Adrianne Ross and Helen Roden helped the Lady Frogs post a 111-52 record (.681) over the past five years, which tied for the second-most wins in program history. The group, the largest senior class at TCU since the 2003-04 graduating class, combined for 4,118 points, 1,990 rebounds, 1,137 assists and 780 steals during their Frog careers.

A strong freshman class was one of the driving forces behind TCU's seventh 20-win season. Led by MWC Freshman of the Year Helena Sverrisdottir, the team's three newest members combined to start 52 games.

In addition to Sverrisdottir, who made 33 starts while finishing as the program's highest-scoring freshman since Sandora Irvin in 2002-03, Micah Garoutte also became a regular starter during the season's second half. Garoutte helped boost TCU to a 15-4 record during the final 19 games that saw her make 17 starts. Emily Carter, who sat out the 2006-07 season as a redshirt, started a total of two contests and went on to average 5.4 points per game off the TCU bench.

Adrianne Ross (14.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.5 spg)--Ross led the team in scoring 22 times on her way to a team-best scoring average. She finished her TCU career as the program's all-time leader for career steals, games played and field-goal attempts, while she also moved into second place on the team charts for points and field goals made. Ross totaled seven 20-point games, including a 38-point effort at Florida Dec. 16 that fell only one point shy of the single-game school record. The Hobbs, N.M., native earned All-MWC honors for the third straight season.

Lorie Butler-Rayford (11.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg)--Butler-Rayford also made TCU history by finishing second on the program's career rebounding list after pacing the Frogs in boards for the second straight season. She was the team's only other double-figure scorer and set career single-season bests for both points and rebounds. Butler-Rayford, who collected five double-doubles on the season, finished her career as the 10th member of Lady Frog 1,000-point club.

Moneka Knight (6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.0 apg)--Knight experienced her best season at TCU as a senior, setting career highs in games started, points, rebounds, assists, steals and field-goal percentage. She concluded her career in a tie for second on the school's career games played chart with 130 appearances and made a career-high 30 starts as a senior. Knight led the Lady Frogs in assists a team-high 13 times.

Helen Roden (8.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg)--Roden led a TCU bench that ranked as one of the team's major strengths during the season. Her scoring average was the second-highest for any conference player with five or fewer starts during the year, and she scored in double figures a reserve-best 11 times. Roden also led the team in assists seven times as a senior.

Jenna Lohse (3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.4 spg)--Lohse made nine starts during her final season and scored in double figures three times, including her last game against Colorado in the WNIT. Her eight offensive rebounds at UNLV on Jan. 29 ranked as the second-most among all Mountain West Conference players during the season.

Micaela Younger (3.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.6 spg)--Younger started nine games overall for TCU in 2007-08. She finished sixth among Frogs in rebounds on the season and led the team once each in scoring and rebounds during a 21-point, 11-board performance against No. 13/12 Texas A&M on Dec. 2 in Fort Worth.

Shayla Moore (2.4 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg)--Moore appeared in 23 of TCU's 35 games and earned her second career start Nov. 23 against No. 12/14 Cal. She scored a season-high seven points while hitting two 3-pointers during an early-season contest at eventual NCAA Tournament qualifier SMU.

Danielle Nunn (6.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)--Nunn played in each game and provided the Lady Frogs with a solid scoring option off the bench. She ranked fifth on the team in scoring average and reached the free-throw line 100 times, which marked the second-highest total on the team. Nunn posted double-figure scoring totals in eight games, including a season-best 13 points against Fresno State on Nov. 28.

Emily Carter (5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 spg)--Carter, who saw action in 32 of 34 games, provided TCU with a dangerous outside threat from off the bench during her first season. She led the Frogs in both 3-point and free-throw shooting and scored in double figures during eight games, including five times in a seven-game stretch between Dec. 8 and Jan. 4. Carter drilled at least two treys in nine games.

Micah Garoutte (3.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.5 bpg)--Garoutte entered the starting lineup midway through the campaign and went on to start 17 of the final 19 games, helping TCU run off a 15-4 record to end the season. The 6-2 forward totaled three double-figure scoring efforts, including a 12-point outburst during TCU's MWC Tournament semifinal loss to San Diego State that also saw her collect a career-high five blocked shots.

Helena Sverrisdottir (9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.5 apg)--Sverrisdottir experienced one of the top freshman seasons in program history, as she started in 33 of 35 games while finishing as TCU's top scoring freshman since Sandora Irvin in 2001-02. Sverrisdottir put her all-around skills to work and ended the season as the lone freshman to appear in the MWC rankings for scoring (21st), rebounds (12th) and assists (14th). The 6-1 guard became only the second Lady Frog ever to earn league Freshman of the Year honors.

Jeff Mittie and the Lady Frogs will face a stiff challenge when they return to the court next season, as nearly 60 percent of the scoring from this year's squad and 51 percent of rebounding will be lost to graduation.

While the Frogs will look replace five key seniors in 2008-09, plenty of talent remains in the program. Micaela Younger will lead a young group into next season as the team's only senior. Helena Sverrisdottir and Micah Garoutte, starters as freshmen this season, return to the fold, while juniors Danielle Nunn and Shayla Moore and sophomore Emily Carter will vie for starting positions after previously contributing off the bench.

Three redshirts transfers--Chantelle John, TK LaFluer and Eboni Mangum--also will be eligible to hit the court for the first time as Lady Frogs, in addition to a large early signing class featuring five players.



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