Lady Frogs defeat Colorado State, 86-36
Jan. 6, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Playing its entire team by the first half and utilizing a balanced scoring effort, the TCU women's basketball team (12-4) crushed Colorado State (6-8, 1-1), 86-36, Saturday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and improved to 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play.
After matching her career-best of 24 points three times this season, junior guard Adrianne Ross posted a new career-high with 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor. She made three treys, completed 7-of-8 shots from the foul line, grabbed three rebounds, dished off two assists and totaled three steals. Ross, who leads the league in scoring, recorded 20-or-more points for a league-best seventh time this season.
She has 995 career points to date and needs just five more to be the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark.
"I didn't anticipate winning by a 50-point margin against a team like Colorado State," eighth-year head coach Jeff Mittie said. "I think with Adrianne, I was proud that she got to her [career-mark] by taking 13 good shots from the floor. She showed a lot more productivity today."
The 50-point margin of victory was the largest of any TCU women's basketball team in a league game, breaking the previous mark of 42 points when the Lady Frogs defeated San Jose State by a score of 84-42 in a WAC contest in the 1999-2000 season.
"Our reserve players got to see a lot of playing time, so that's always good," said Mittie. "I thought Jenna Lohse did well on the glass and she finished with five rebounds. Our defense was pretty solid and Ashley (Davis) did a lot better rebounding."
Lohse made 4-of-5 shots from the floor to finish with a season-best 10 points and Davis added eight points and seven rebounds for the Lady Frogs, who won their sixth game in a row. Junior guard Lorie Butler-Rayford reached double figures in rebounds for the seventh time this season with 10. She also had four assists and junior guard Moneka Knight dished off five, respectively. Knight and Hanna Biernacka finished with eight points each for TCU.
TCU held Colorado State to a season-low 16 points in the first half and thanks to a 26-5 late Lady Frog run, the Rams trailed 39-16 heading into the locker room.
Colorado State continued to struggle offensively in the second half, shooting just 22.9 percent and finishing the game at a 20 percent clip, compared with 49.2 percent for TCU.
The Lady Frogs opened the second stanza with a 19-5 run to take a 58-21 lead with 13:20 left in the contest to put the game well out of reach for the Rams.
For the first time all season, TCU didn't allow an individual opponent to score in double figures. Emily Neal paced the CSU offense with eight points and Marilyn Moulton had seven rebounds.
The loss was the toughest for the Rams since a 47-point set back against No. 2-ranked Duke, 99-52, last season. It also ranks as the lowest scoring output by Colorado State since a 35-point outing in an 89-35 loss at Utah during the 1987-88 season.
TCU had a season-high 22 assists and 15 steals and held an opponent to its lowest point total of the year (36). The Lady Frogs have won 12 of its last 13 games and since the return of Biernacka (NCAA transfer rules) seven games ago, TCU is defeating opponents by +23.7 points per game.
The Lady Frogs hit the road for their first true road test since the Dec. 17 match-up at Georgia next. The first stop is against Air Force (Jan. 11) followed by Utah (Jan. 18) and Wyoming (Jan. 20) the following week.