Lady Frogs Bury Miners for 16th Win
TCU ties school's all-time single-season win record with 80-57 victory
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 6, 2001)--The TCU Lady Frogs continued their perfect Western Athletic Conference run with a dominating 80-57 victory over the UTEP Miners on Tuesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The victory was TCU's 16th this season, which matches the school-record total achieved each of the past two seasons.
The triumph also extended TCU's winning streak to a school-best nine games and pushed the front-running Frogs to 8-0 in the WAC. While TCU improved to 16-4, UTEP dropped to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in conference.
TCU opened the game by bolting out to a 17-4 lead in the game's first eight minutes, and led 36-10 at the 1:48 mark before a UTEP layup halted a 17-0 run by the Frogs. Thanks to a suffocating defense, TCU had a 25-point advantage, 39-14, at halftime. The 14 points were the fewest allowed in a single half by a Frog team this season.
TCU shot 51.6 percent (16-for-31) from the field in the game's first 20 minutes and limited the Miners to 31.8-percent shooting (7-for-22). The Frogs continued their domination in the second stanza and led by as many as 35 points at 63-28 with 11:38 remaining.
The Frogs drilled 12 three-pointers in the contest, marking the seventh time this season that the team has made double-figure threes in a game. Eight different TCU players connected for at least one three-pointer.
In addition, eleven players scored for the Frogs, who had three members in double figures: Kati Safaritova (16), Amy Porter (11) and Ebony Shaw (10). Safaritova had 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals in just 22 minutes of play. Senior Sally Spencer added a season-high eight for the Frogs.
The Frogs next play the SMU Mustangs in Dallas on Friday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. before hosting the Rice Owls at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Monday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, is being televised on Fox Sports Net.