Lady Frogs Trounce South Florida, 74-57
March 2, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs completed their regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 74-57 drubbing of South Florida at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The win gives the Frogs a 15-13 overall record, and an 8-6 mark in Conference USA play. South Florida completes its season with 7-20, 2-12 C-USA marks.
The game started out fairly even as the teams traded points before South Florida took the lead on a three-pointer by Melissa Tape at the 13:12 mark. The Bulls held on to the lead until sophomore Sandora Irvin evened the game at 28-28 with just under eight minutes to play in the half. From that point on, it was all TCU, and the Lady Frogs went to the locker room with a 40-36 advantage.
TCU started the second half with a 16-0 run that included eight free throw attempts, seven of which the Lady Frogs converted. The Bulls chipped away at the 20-point advantage, but could never get closer than nine (58-49 with 9:06 to play). TCU held South Florida scoreless for the final 3:24, pulling away for the 74-57 victory.
"The best thing we've done this weekend was taking care of the ball," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "I was pleased we only had 15 turnovers today since the pace was so frantic."
"This league is wide open," he continued. "Now it moves to a neutral floor (the Pyramid in Memphis), and the teams in our league have had a home court advantage all season. We'll play East Carolina (in the first round), and we haven't played them in a month. They're a different team now."
Junior Ebony Shaw led all scorers with 16 points and three steals in 19 minutes of play. Irvin had 15 points and added 12 rebounds for her 20th career double-double and 11th of the season. The senior trio of Candace Baldwin, Grace Gantt and Tricia Payne scored seven, seven and six, respectively, in their final home contest.
Next up for the Lady Frogs is the Conference USA Tournament hosted by Memphis March 6 through 9 at the Pyramid. Seedings will be announced later.