Lady Frogs get past Colorado State, 73-63
Jan. 21, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The TCU Lady Frogs (10-6, 4-1 MWC) got past the Colorado State Rams (7-9, 1-4) by a 73-63 score Saturday at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colo. It was TCU's fourth victory in a row and its eighth in the past nine contests.
A physical first half saw neither team build a lead of more than four points. The score was tied eight times and there were nine lead changes. TCU had a 33-31 advantage at the break.
Leading 41-40 with just over 14 minutes to go in the second half, the Lady Frogs used an 8-0 spurt over a two and a half-minute span to go ahead 49-40. TCU's defense did the rest, giving the Lady Frogs their first win in four all-time meetings with the Rams.
TCU forced 21 Ram miscues and took advantage, outscoring Colorado State 25-9 in points off turnovers. The Lady Frogs also used a 48-35 rebounding edge and held a 25-10 margin on the offensive glass to outscore CSU 25-13 in second chance points.
Natasha Lacy led the Lady Frogs with her fourth double-double of the season coming on 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was the seventh of her career.
Lorie Butler-Rayford posted her second double-double in a row with a dozen points and 10 boards. She has three on the season and five for her career.
Pacing the Rams was Melissa Dennett, who recorded a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds. Vanessa Espinoza chipped in 10 for Colorado State as well.
Colorado State shot 45.5 percent (25-of-55) for the game, while TCU went 27-for-74 (.365).
TCU returns home for its next Mountain West Conference match-up with No. 23/23 BYU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.