Lady Frogs Rout East Carolina, 85-46
Jan. 24, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs (8-9, 1-3 C-USA) broke a four-game winless streak as they defeated East Carolina (8-8, 0-3 C-USA) by an 85-46 count on Friday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Frogs hit 50% from three-point range (12-of-24) and the 12 treys was good for a third-place tie for "threes" in a single game.
TCU began with a 10-3 run to start the game and led by as many as 11 in the first half (18-7 with 12:47 to play). The Pirates, however, outscored the Lady Frogs 7-0 over the next three and a half minutes to make it 18-14. With 1:41 left in the first half, East Carolina cut the TCU lead to just two on a bucket by LaToya Horton. Senior Tricia Payne drained a three-pointer with 1:18 to go to push the TCU halftime advantage to five.
The Lady Frogs started strong in the second half, outscoring ECU 10-5 in the first five minutes of play. Strong inside play by TCU combined with ECU's poor shooting helped push the Lady Frogs' margin to 14 with 10:26 left. Pirate Jennifer Jackson scored on a lay-up at the 9:50 mark, but the game was all Frogs after that. For just over six minutes (9:50 to 3:32) the Lady Frogs scored 20 unanswered points to make the game 76-43. TCU allowed the Pirates to score just 17 points for the entire second half.
"We needed one (a win) where we could smile a little bit," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We got off to a solid start, then let them back in during the first half."
"I thought we were very reliant on the three early," he continued. "We got more of the balance that we've been preaching in the second half."
Four Frog players scored in double figures. Sophomore Sandora Irvin tallied 14 points and five blocks, while senior Candace Baldwin had 12 points and a career-high-tying six boards. Junior Ebony Shaw posted 11 boards, including a career-high-matching three treys. Senior Grace Gantt also scored 11 points on a trio of threes and a pair of free throws. Junior Tiffany Evans pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Frogs in that category.
The Lady Frogs will wrap up the homestand on Sunday, Jan. 26 against the Charlotte 49ers in a game scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Next weekend, TCU travels to Milwaukee and Chicago to take on Marquette and DePaul.