TCU blasts UTA; Ross sets TCU steals record
Jan. 4, 2008
FORT WORTH--Friday was a big night for the TCU women's basketball team, as the Lady Frogs ran to a 97-42 victory over UT Arlington at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Adrianne Ross broke the TCU career steals record in front of her home crowd, while the Frogs posted their largest winning margin of the season.
Ross led a balanced TCU scoring attack that featured six players in double figures. She paced the team for the ninth time this season after recording 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while also collecting four steals to move past former TCU record holder Rachel Hesse (1989-93). Ross' 285th career theft came with 7:26 remaining in the game to set the new standard. A native of Hobbs, N.M., Ross received a standing ovation from the crowd during the ensuing media timeout.
Lorie Butler-Rayford recorded her second double-double of the year with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while she also added four of TCU's 15 steals. Helen Roden and Helena Sverrisdottir each chipped in 13 points, while Moneka Knight and Emily Carter scored 11 and 10, respectively.
As a team, the Frogs shot 51.5 percent from the field to break 50 percent for the third time this season. They drilled a season-high eleven 3-pointers while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc.
UT Arlington struggled from the field, especially in the first half, when it made only 4-of-25 field-goal attempts. LaTosha Duffey was the Mavericks' leading scorer with nine points. Although TCU forced UTA into 29 turnovers, the Mavs were able to win the rebounding battle, 42-41.
The Lady Frogs took command of the game from the opening tip and ran out to a 34-point halftime advantage, their second straight game with a 30-plus-point lead at the break. The squad posted some staggering advantages in the period, outscoring the Mavericks 20-2 in the paint and 16-2 off turnovers while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
TCU put on a 3-point shooting clinic in the early going by draining 4-of-5 attempts to open the game. Sverrisdottir and Knight each hit treys prior to the first media timeout, while Butler-Rayford followed by scoring nine straight Lady Frog points on an old-fashioned 3-point play sandwiched around a pair of conventional treys.
Butler-Rayford's streak started a 15-0 TCU run that helped the squad build a 24-5 lead by the 10:48 mark. The Lady Frogs held the Mavericks scoreless for more than six minutes while building their lead, and UTA made only two of its first 13 field-goal attempts. The Frogs allowed only four field goals overall during the first half, as UT Arlington shot only 16 percent.
The Frogs continued to put pressure on the Mavs in the second half, outscoring UTA 17-5 over the first six minutes to push the lead to 46 points. Sverrisdottir's two layups on breakaways and a Moneka Knight trey were among the TCU scoring stretch. The Frogs ended the streak on another 15-0 run.
TCU reached its biggest lead of 60 points with 4:46 remaining. The final 55-point margin of victory marked the eighth-largest win in Lady Frog history.
With non-conference play now behind them, the Frogs open the Mountain West Conference season at home Wednesday, Jan. 9 against San Diego State. Tip-off at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.