Lady Frogs Top Miami University, 83-58
Jan. 3, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs took a 22-point halftime advantage and cruised to an 83-58 win over Miami University (Ohio) on Friday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU moves to 7-5 on the season, while the RedHawks fall to 5-6.
TCU took control from the very beginning, outscoring Miami 20 to 5 in the first nine minutes of play. The Lady Frogs shot a whopping 55.9% on field goals in the first half (19-34) compared to Miami's 26.7% (8-of-30).
The second half was much of the same. TCU went on a 13-0 run to begin play, until Jana Butler dropped in the RedHawks' first bucket of the second half with 13:56 to go. Sophomore Sandora Irvin and junior Tiffany Evans led the Lady Frog scoring during the run as the pair dropped in 11 of the 13 TCU points. Kim Lancaster tried to rally the RedHawks, scoring 11 of their second-half 31, but it was not enough to overcome the commanding Lady Frog lead.
"This group is feeling more comfortable with each other," said head coach Jeff Mittie following the game. "The entire group played very good defense tonight."
"They're having more fun playing - and you can see that in their reactions on the floor and on the bench," he continued. "I am proud of the way we've come along in the last two weeks."
Evans led TCU scorers with a season-high 17, while Irvin posted her third double-double of the season and number 12 of her career with 15 points and 16 boards. She narrowly missed a rare triple-double as she also tallied nine blocks for the night. Junior Kim Ortega and senior Grace Gantt scored in double-figures as well with 12 and 11, respectively.
TCU begins four straight road contests with a trip to Santa Clara on Monday, Jan. 6. The Lady Frogs will return to Texas to take on in-state Conference USA rival Houston at Hofheinz Pavilion on Sunday, Jan. 12 before traveling to Cincinnati and Louisville. Home C-USA action starts Friday, Jan. 24 for the Lady Frogs when they entertain East Carolina.