TCU overwhelms first-place BYU, 62-48
March 3, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Hanna Biernacka and Adrianne Ross each scored 17 points as TCU snapped a four-game slide to BYU with a 62-48 victory over the Cougars on Senior Day on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
"I think the one thing we wanted to do today was to exhibit more patience," TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said. "It was just a grind it out victory for us today and it came when we were forced to play their (BYU's) style. Any win against the team the quality of BYU, is a good win this time of the year."
The win not only gave TCU (21-9, 11-5 Mountain West Conference) its first win over the Cougars (21-8, 12-4 MWC) in its last five meetings, but it also helped TCU earn the No. 4 seed in next week's Mountain West Conference Tournament and set a school record with its 15th home victory of the season.
Despite the loss, BYU will enter the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed after clinching the regular season league title with New Mexico's loss on Thursday.
Although they shot 37.9 percent from the floor compared to a 47.7 clip by BYU, the Lady Frogs were able limit the Cougars to their second-lowest point total of the season by forcing 18 turnovers. The 48 points scored by BYU also marked the seventh time this season TCU has held its opponent to 50 points or less.
TCU outscored BYU 20-6 off turnovers and 17-10 in bench points en route to earning its first win in Fort Worth over BYU since the series opener on Dec. 12, 1987.
TCU closed the home slate with a 15-1 record with victories of 11 points or more in 14 of the wins. In each of its seven home conference wins, TCU won by an average of 28.7 points per game. In fact in all 15 of its home victories TCU won by an average of 21.06 points.
The Lady Frogs led 30-23 at the half and were up 37-30 with 15:59 to play before BYU was able to score six straight points to cut TCU's lead to one, 37-36, with 12:23 to play.
However, BYU's run would be short lived, as an acrobatic three-point play by Moneka Knight helped ignite a 15-5 run by TCU that gave the Lady Frogs a 54-42 lead with 5:00 to play. Knight was able to make the layup by putting up the shot as she was falling backwards out of bounds.
After BYU's Mallary Gillespie was able to steal the inbound pass and lay it in to cut TCU's lead to 10 with 4:36 to play. Ross was able to seal the game by completing the rare four-point play, as she was fouled on a three-point attempt in the corner. Ross' four-point play gave TCU a 58-44 lead with 4:12 to play.
From that point on, the Lady Frogs were able wrap up the win by scoring four of the next five points to take a 17-point lead with 2:53 to play.
Individually, Biernacka made 8-of-16 shots and also led the team with eight rebounds. Ross scored 17 points by making 7-of-15 shots.
To start the second half, BYU scored the first four points and cut TCU's lead to two, 30-28, before TCU responded by scoring seven of the next nine points to expand its lead back to seven, 37-30 with 15:29 to play.
Despite BYU shooting 52.6 percent in the first half, the Lady Frogs held a 30-23 advantage at the break. Contributing to TCU's lead were the 11 points the Frogs scored off 11 BYU turnovers.
TCU opened the game by scoring the first four points, but BYU quickly responded with four of its own and neither team was able to gain more than a three-point advantage through the first 12:07 of the first half. TCU was finally able to get some wiggle room at the 9:28 mark, as a free throw by Knight triggered a 13-2 run and gave the Lady Frogs a 28-17 lead.
BYU was able to score six of the final eight points of the first half to narrow TCU's lead to seven, 30-23.
BYU outshot TCU 52.6 to 37.5 percent in the first half, but the Lady Frogs attempted 13 more shots than BYU. Biernacka led TCU with 10 points in the half.
Both teams struggled to find its shot from beyond the arc with TCU making just 3-of-12 (37.9 percent) and BYU making 1-of-10 (10.0 percent) threes.
The game featured six lead changes, which all came within the first 11:07 of the game.
BYU was led by Dani Kubik Wright, who had 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
TCU will begin postseason play on Wednesday in the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lady Frogs will play in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 game at 10:30 pm CT (8:30 pm PT).