Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season With 79-56 Victory

FORT WORTH, Texas (Nov. 24) - The TCU Horned Frogs began the regular season with a comfortable 79-56 victory over Yale on Nov. 24. The victory lifted the Frogs to 1-0, while the Bulldogs slipped to 1-3 on the young season.

TCU bolted out of the gates early, mustering a 13-point lead in the game's opening eight minutes. The Frogs reeled off 10 unanswered points during one stretch, turning a 7-4 lead into a 17-4 margin. TCU's defense was stingy, finally allowing Yale to reach double figures at the 9:11 mark of the first half.

TCU took a 42-26 advantage into intermission thanks to a sizzling .621 field goal percentage. The Bulldogs were able to stay relatively close due to TCU's 13 first-half turnovers, but shot just .391 in the first half and .352 on the afternoon.

Forward Kati Safaritova, a transfer from Weatherford College who was appearing in her first game at TCU, poured in a game-high 19 points and added three blocked shots. The 6-2 junior was followed in the points column by guard Tricia Payne, who tallied 17 to go along with a team-high seven assists. Safaritova and guard Jill Sutton topped the club with six rebounds apiece. Sutton, who was solid on both ends of the floor, was the only other TCU player to record double digits in points (11).

Up next for the Lady Frogs is the marquee contest on the schedule: a visit to Fort Worth by the perennial power Tennessee Lady Volunteers on Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. The game is a sellout and will shatter the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum record for attendance at a women's game, which currently stands at 4,380.



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