Lady Frogs Set to Host Cook Children's Classic

Nov. 29, 2001

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Taking a Poll
* 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

It's a Block Party and You're Invited
* TCU has recorded 30 blocked shots in the first four games of the season (7.5 per game). Last year, TCU set a school record with 136 blocks on the season (4.1 per contest). Sandora Irvin leads the way with 14.

It Was Re-Bound to Happen Sometime
* TCU was outrebounded by Oklahoma (44-41) on Tuesday, making it the first time that the Frogs have been beaten on the boards this season. On the season, TCU holds a 189-146 advantage on the glass.

Where's Noah? Arc Suffers Drought
* The Frogs have struggled mightily from three-point range during the regular season (20-for-72, .278). However, TCU was 13-for-19 from behind the arc in the exhibition win over Abyhoj.

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.

Who's Down With DMC?
* After a three-game road swing that included trips to the states of Colorado, Oregon and Oklahoma, the Lady Frogs have returned home for a nine-game homestand that begins with Prairie View A&M on Nov. 30 and runs through the Santa Clara game on Jan. 3.

The Magic Number
* TCU is 2-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season and 0-2 when falling short of the mark. In Coach Mittie's three seasons as head coach, the Frogs are 33-5 (.868) when reaching the 70-point plateau and 10-19 (.345) when failing to do so. On the flip side, Mittie's TCU teams are 40-6 (.870) when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-18 (.143) when allowing at least 70.

For Starters
* Junior Candace Baldwin, sophomore Tiffany Evans, sophomore Ebony Shaw and freshman Sandora Irvin each made their first career start against Sam Houston, while senior Ashanti Nix had the first start of her career at Oregon. Heading into the season, only Kati Safaritova (32 starts in 2000-01) had started at TCU.

Irvin "Magic"
* Sandora Irvin, the first high school All-American to ever play for the Lady Frogs, has been impressive in her first four 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. Irvin had her second straight double-double against Air Force with 10 points and 14 boards and then led the team in scoring with 20 points at Oregon. She currently leads the team in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounding (11.5) and blocks (3.5).

Dumpling the Turnovers
* The Frogs committed 32 turnovers against Oklahoma, the most ever under head coach Jeff Mittie. On the year, TCU has 90 miscues, which equates to 22.5 per game.

Time to Warm it Back Up
* After scoring 117 points in the opener, TCU has scored just 194 points in the three games since, an average of 64.7 per game.

Spreading the Wealth
* The Lady Frogs have been led in scoring by a three different players in the first four games this season. Grace Gantt (25 vs. Sam Houston and 14 at Oklahoma), Kati Safaritova (13 at Air Force) and Sandora Irvin (20 at Oregon.)

Safi Can Score
* Against Oklahoma, Kati Safaritova was held under 10 points for the first time this season. The senior has scored in double figures in 28 of her 37 career games (76 percent) at TCU.

Cookin' Up Some Wins
* TCU won the Cook Children's TCU Hoops Invitational last year, defeating Georgia Southern 71-60 in the first round and Texas-Arlington 77-36 in the championship. Tricia Payne earned tournament MVP honors. This year, the event is a round-robin classic and will not feature a tournament champion or an all-tournament team.

Payne-ful Beginning
* 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.



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