Dec. 6, 2001
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Close and Not Quite
* While all six games that Rutgers has played have been decided by fewer than 10 points, TCU has yet to play in a tight game this season. A 75-63 loss to Oregon (12-point margin) is the Frogs' closest contest this year. TCU's average margin of victory this season is 49 points and average loss is 14 points.
Setting the Record Straight
* Due to an error on page 9 of the 2002 Women's NCAA Basketball Records Manual, the TCU Lady Frogs did not set an NCAA record for their defensive effort last Friday night when the team held Prairie View to seven first-half points. Tulane owns the record by limiting South Florida to just six points on January 12, 2001. It was, however, the second-fewest ever allowed in a half in Division I.
But These Records Stand
* The 23 total points that Prairie View scored were the fewest ever allowed by a Conference USA team and the 80-point victory margin was the second-largest in C-USA annals. In addition, TCU established school marks for blocked shots (15), fewest points allowed in a half (7), fewest points allowed in a game (23) and largest margin of victory (80).
The Swat Team
* TCU has recorded aC-USA-best 48 blocked shots in the first six games of the season (8.0 per game), including a school-record 15 against Prairie View A&M. Last year, TCU set a school record with 136 blocks on the season (4.1 per contest). Sandora Irvin leads the way with 19.
* Just two of six opponents have scored more than 50 points against TCU this season. In addition, the Frogs have held four teams under 34 percent shooting.
It Was Re-Bound to Happen Sometime
* TCU has been outrebounded just once this season, by third-rated Oklahoma (44 to 41). On the season, TCU holds a whopping 285-210 advantage on the glass.
From Way Downtown
* After struggling mightily from three-point range in the first four games of the season (20-for-72, .278), TCU has connected on 18 of 32 long-range shots (.563) in the last two games.
Hitting the Century Mark
* TCU has reached the 100-point plateau twice at home this season (vs. Sam Houston State-117, vs. Prairie View-103). Last Friday, TCU recorded its tenth 100-point game in school history. In addition, it was the 18th time that a Jeff Mittie team has reached the century mark.
* TCU's 2001 recruiting class was ranked as high as fourth in the nation, while Rutgers' class was tabbed as high as second.
Safi Falls Shy
* Senior Kati Safaritova has been held under double digits in scoring three consecutive games for the first time in her career. She had a career-low two points against San Diego State.
The Magic Number
* TCU is 4-0 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 35-5 (.875) when reaching the 70-point plateau and 10-19 (.345) when failing to do so. In addition, Mittie's TCU teams are 42-6 (.875) when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-18 (.143) when allowing at least 70.
Put Me In Coach
* Candace Baldwin, Tiffany Evans, Ebony Shaw and Sandora Irvin each made their first career start against Sam Houston, while Ashanti Nix had the first of her career at Oregon and Grace Gantt made her debut against Prairie View. Heading into the season, only Kati Safaritova (32 starts in 2000-01) had started at TCU.
Good Ol' Texas Heat
* Through three home games and three road games, the Frogs are averaging 98.3 points per game at home and 64.7 per game on the road.
* Sandora Irvin, the first high school All-American to ever play for the Lady Frogs, has been impressive in her first six 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 has three double-doubles on the season and leads the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (11.2) and blocked shots (3.2).
Speaking of Coaches
* TCU head coach Jeff Mittie owns a .703 winning percentage (196-83) for his career and is averaging an impressive 21.3 wins per season over nine previous years. Rutgers' coach C. Vivian Stringer has a 647-201 record (.763) in 29 seasons, an average of 22.3 wins a season. She is the only coach in NCAA women's or men's basketball history to take three different teams to the Final Four.
Grace Under Fire
* Junior transfer Grace Gantt, who was named the MVP of the Cook Children's Classic has led the team in scoring three times this season. She had 25 vs. Sam Houston, 14 at Oklahoma and 19 against Prairie View. She is shooting an amazing 55.4 percent from the floor (31-for-56) and 61.5 percent from three-point range (8-for-13). She has 80 points in just 111 minutes of play.
* TCU senior guard Tricia Payne, last year's team MVP, suffered a torn ACL in her left knee less than 30 minutes into the first practice of the year and will miss the entire 2001-02 season.