Dec. 20, 2001
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Keeping Their Distance
* Against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, TCU played its first game decided by fewer than 10 points this season (a 62-56 win). TCU's average margin of victory this season is 35.1 points and average loss is 14.0 points.
Shooting for 8-2
* TCU has only started a season 8-2 one time in school history. The 1997-98 squad opened with an 8-2 mark before finishing with a 13-15 record. Last year's NCAA Tournament team was 7-3 through 10 games.
Block You Very Much
* TCU has recorded a C-USA-record 70 blocked shots in the first nine games of the season (7.8 per game), including a school-best 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 team with 30 blocked shots and is just 12 blocks away from the single-season school record (41 by Tiffany Evans in 2000-01). Speaking of Evans, she is tied for first with former Frogs Janice Thomas and Amy Bumsted on the career blocked shot list with 55.
Presiding on The Bench
* TCU's bench has outscored the opposing bench in seven of the nine games this season. For the year, the Lady Frog bench has more than doubled the opposing bench's production (285-141).
Under Fifty is Nifty
* Just four of nine opponents have scored more than 50 points against TCU this season. In addition, the Frogs have permitted just four teams to shoot 33 percent or better from the field.
Always a Little Warmer Inside DMC
* Through six home games and three road games, the Frogs are averaging 85.3 points per game at home and 64.7 per game on the road.
Start Me Up
* 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, Grace Gantt made her debut against Prairie View and Niki Newton opened the Texas A&M-C.C. game. Heading into the season, only Kati Safaritova (32 starts) had started at TCU.
Mixing It Up
* TCU has used four different starting lineups this season after using just three combinations all of last year.
The Magic Number
* TCU is 6-0 when scoring at least 70 points this season and 1-2 when falling short of the mark. In Coach Mittie's three seasons as head coach, the Frogs are 37-5 (.881) when reaching the 70-point plateau and 11-19 (.367) when failing to do so. In addition, Mittie's TCU teams are 45-6 (.882) when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-18 (.143) when allowing at least 70.
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 426-324 advantage on the glass (11.3 per game).
"Sand" Rules the Castle
* Sandora Irvin, the first high school All-American to ever play for the Lady Frogs, has been impressive in her first nine collegiate outings. She has five double-doubles on the season and leads the team in scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (11.0) and blocked shots (3.3). She has topped the club in blocked shots every game and in rebounding in all but two contests.
Erven More on Irvin
* Through Dec. 17, Sandora Irvin ranked tied for fourth nationally in rebounds per game and seventh in blocked shots per game.
Sa-Far, So Good
* Senior Kati Safaritova, last year's top scorer, has averaged 14.7 points per game over the last three contests after scoring just 5.7 per game in the three previous games. She surpassed the 500-point mark for her two-year TCU career on Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Making Her Point
* TCU senior Ashanti Nix is leading the team in minutes (28.0), assists (3.4) and steals (2.7). She came off the bench in all 33 games last year and the first two games of this season, but has started the last seven games at point guard.