No. 23 TCU downed by Wyoming, 66-51
Jan. 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The combination of a cold shooting spell by No. 23 TCU and a 19-4 Wyoming run midway through the second half led the Cowgirls to a 66-51 victory over the Lady Frogs on Saturday at Arena Auditorium.
Both teams failed to separate from one another for the first 29 minutes of the game and TCU (13-6, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) trailed by just two, 41-39, before Wyoming's Dominique Sisk hit a three-pointer with 10:36 to play that triggered the 19-4 run. Sisk's three gave the Cowgirls (12-5, 3-2 MWC) its largest lead of the game, 60-43, with 3:37 to play. Contributing to Wyoming's run was a stretch of 9:04 (13:51-4:47) in the second half in which the Lady Frogs were held without a field goal.
"I thought we looked really fatigued," head coach Jeff Mittie said. "We didn't fight very hard at the end. I think you've got to play good basketball wherever you play. There are no guarantees in this league."
Ashley Davis led TCU (13-6, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) with 13 points and seven rebounds, as the Frogs concluded their three-game road trip with two consecutive losses.
Until Sisk's three-pointer, the game was virtually even as both teams went a span of almost 15 minutes, including the final 5:12 of the first half, without either team leading by more than three points.
Despite the loss, TCU's defense held the conference's top shooting team below its average field-goal percentage, three-point percentage and scoring average. The Lady Frogs forced Wyoming - the top three-point shooting team in the league - to shoot just. 21.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Although TCU held Wyoming below its season averages, TCU's cold shooting and the Cowgirls' trio of Sisk, Hanna Zavecz and Aubrey Vandiver were the Lady Frogs' kryptonite, as the trio combined to score 48 of Wyoming's 66 points. Sisk, who entered the game averaging 6.4 points, finished with a career-best 18 points. Zavecz led all scorers with 20 points, while Vandiver had 10.
For the game, TCU shot just 31.7 percent (19-60) from the field, compared to 41.2 percent on 21-of-51 shooting by Wyoming.
Also reaching double figures for TCU was Adrianne Ross, who posted 11 points and is now just five points from 1,000 in her career.
Trailing 28-26 at the break, TCU was led out of intermission by Davis, who scored eight of TCU's first 10 points, including a span of eight in a row.
Playing at the highest altitude in the Mountain West Conference, TCU utilized its depth by making numerous substitutions in an effort to keep the team fresh at 7,220 feet above sea level.
In the first half, TCU was able to jump out of the blocks early and score the first seven points, while Wyoming misfired on its first eight shots and did not score until a three-point play by Hanna Zavecz at the 14:16 mark.
However, Wyoming came roaring back with nine unanswered points to claim a 9-7 lead with 12:54 to play in the first. Wyoming was able to spread its lead to as many as four, 13-9, before a jumper by Helen Roden sparked a 10-2 run that gave TCU a 19-15 advantage.
TCU maintained its lead until a Wyoming basket by Aubrey Vandiver gave the Cowgirls a 25-24 lead. TCU briefly knotted the game at 26-apiece before a Wyoming was able to take a 28-26 lead at the half.
TCU shot 33.3 percent from the field on 10-of-30 in the first stanza and was led by Davis and Adrianne Ross, who each had five points. Wyoming shot 41.9 from the field on 13-of-31 shooting. Wyoming, who entered the game leading the league in three-point field goal percentage at 37.1 percent, missed its first eight shots from beyond the arc. The Cowgirls were led by Hanna Zavecz's nine points.
Wyoming played its second straight game without junior Justyna Podziemska, who leads the Cowgirls in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. Podziemska injured her ankle earlier in the week.
TCU returns to the court on Wednesday when New Mexico visits Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for a 6:30 p.m. tip.