Lady Frogs Scoot Past Stephen F. Austin
TCU notches fourth straight victory with 67-56 triumph
FORT WORTH, Texas (December 17, 2000)--The TCU Horned Frogs moved to 5-2 on the season with a 67-56 win over the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks on Sunday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frogs were led by forwards Janice Thomas and Kati Safaritova, who each recorded double-doubles.
Thomas had an amazing all-around game as she contributed 15 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks, five assists and four steals. The 14 rebounds and six blocks were TCU single-game individual highs this season. In addition, the six blocks, five assists and four steals were all career bests for Thomas, who notched her second double-double this year and the ninth of her career. Safaritova netted a game-high 21 points and dragged down 13 rebounds for her first double-double as a Horned Frog. She was 7-for-15 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the line.
Amy Porter added a season-high 13 for TCU thanks to a 3-for-4 day from three-point range. Sister Jill Sutton was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc and now has hit 8 of her last 11 three-point shots. Guard Tricia Payne, who entered the contest as the team's top scorer, was held without a point for just the second time in her productive three-year career.
The Ladyjacks defended the three-point line well in the first half, limiting the Frogs to just five attempts in the stanza after TCU had nailed a team-record 15 three-pointers in the team's last outing. The Frogs also struggled from the line, going just 7-for-13 from the charity stripe prior to intermission. However, TCU still led by one at the break at 30-29.
After the Ladyjacks erased a 10-point deficit and took a 47-46 lead, at the 10:10 mark of the second the Frogs recovered, scoring nine consecutive points over the next five minutes. TCU cruised from then on, holding a double-figure advantage for much of the remaining time.
TCU's defense limited its seventh straight opponent to a dismal shooting percentage as the Ladyjacks shot just 37.1 percent from the floor. On the season, opposing teams are hitting at a 35.5 clip against the Lady Frogs. With the loss, Stephen F. Austin, who has made 13 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament, fell to 6-3 on the campaign.
The two team combined for 53 turnovers, with TCU committing a season-high 27. The Frogs won the battle on the boards (43-38) for the sixth time in seven games.
TCU travels to Huntsville, Texas, to face the Sam Houston
Bearkats on Tuesday night at 7:00. The team returns to
Coliseum to take on the Grambling State Tigers on Thursday,
at 7:00 p.m.