Nov. 21, 2001
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* For the first time ever, TCU earned mention in the preseason national rankings. Here is where the team was listed to start the campaign:
Associated Press - 35th (35 votes)
ESPN/USA Today Coaches - 35th (50 votes)
Women's Basketball Magazine - 15th
Street & Smith's College Basketball - 17th
Twice as Nice
* TCU has outscored its two regular-season opponents by a combined score of 188-98 this season. If you count the exhibition win, the tally is 308-148 in favor of the Frogs.
Forget About It
* The Frogs have not allowed an opponent to score more than 50 points in a game this season. In addition, Sam Houston shot just 27.6 percent from the field, while Air Force managed 26.0.
* TCU has recorded 17 blocked shots in the first two games of the season (8.5 per game). Last year, TCU set a school record with 136 blocks on the season (4.1 per contest).
Hitting the Century Mark
* Against Sam Houston State, TCU reached the 100-point mark for the first time since putting up 101 against Columbia on Dec. 29, 1999, a span of 40 games. It was the ninth 100-point game in school history. In addition, it was the 17th time that a Jeff Mittie team has reached the century mark.
Turn to Pages 86-87 of Your Media Guide
* TCU's 117-50 victory over Sam Houston had writers scrambling for the single-game records section of the TCU Media Guide. Here is a list of where the numbers in the win rank all-time in school history.
vs. SHSU Record
Points Scored 117 (4th) 126 (1996)
Margin of Victory 67 (T-2nd) 68 (1987)
Total Rebounds 60 (T-4th) 66 (1987)
Free Throws Attempted 45 (4th) 49 (1998)
Field Goals Made 41 (T-3rd) 57 (1987)
Indiv. Rebounds (Irvin) 18 (T-3rd) 22 (1983)
That Seventies Show
* TCU is 2-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season. In Coach Mittie's three seasons as head coach, the Frogs are 33-5 (.868) when reaching the 70-point plateau. On the flip side, Mittie's TCU teams are 3-16 (.158) when allowing at least 70 points.
* Junior college transfer Grace Gantt paced the team with 25 points off the bench against Sam Houston State. Gantt, a forward, was 10-for-16 from the field in her first game for TCU.
The First Lady
* TCU freshman Sandora Irvin is the first-ever High School All-American to play for the Lady Frogs. She was a first-team USA Today and second-team Parade Magazine selection as a prep at Fort Lauderdale H.S.
* Sandora Irvin has been impressive in her first two collegiate outings. In the opener, she fell just two rebounds shy of the first 20-20 effort in school history, finishing with 22 points and 18 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play. She had her second straight double-double against Air Force with 10 points and 14 boards. She currently leads the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (16.0) and blocks (5.0).
Nix's Quicks Paying Off
* Senior point guard Ashanti Nix leads the team in assists (10) and steals (7) through two games. She also is averaging 8.0 points per game.
* Junior transfer Candace Baldwin, sophomore Tiffany Evans, sophomore Ebony Shaw and freshman Sandora Irvin each made their first career start against Sam Houston. Heading into the season, only Kati Safaritova (32 starts in 2000-01) had started a game at TCU.
Put Me In Coach
* All 12 players who dressed had at least two points and one rebound in the rout of Sam Houston. In game two, 11 Frogs had time on the floor, with 10 players scoring.
Taking It to the Streets
* The Lady Frogs are playing the middle game of a three-game road swing. After playing Oregon, TCU plays at No. 5 Oklahoma on Nov. 27. Following that trip, TCU returns home for a nine-game homestand that begins with Prairie View A&M on Nov. 30 and runs until the Santa Clara game on Jan. 3.
* TCU senior guard Tricia Payne suffered a torn ACL in her left knee less than 30 minutes into the first practice of the year. She underwent successful surgery on October 31 and will miss the entire 2001-02 season. Payne was last year's team MVP and ranks sixth on the school's all-time scoring list.
Pair of P's Redshirting
* Freshman Lindsey Prewitt, who at 6-8 is the tallest player to ever play for the Lady Frogs, will redshirt the 2001-02 season. She joins forward Amy Pack, who must sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules. Pack, who played two seasons at UTEP, was the leading scorer in the WAC in 2000-01.