Lady Frogs Bowl Over Green Wave, 78-65
March 7, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The TCU Lady Frogs took care of Tulane on Friday evening at the Pyramid, winning a 78-65 battle in the day's final game. This was only the second all-time win for TCU over the Green Wave, the last coming on Nov. 27, 1991 in Fort Worth (70-66). TCU's record moves to 17-13, while Tulane falls to 19-9.
TCU led from the beginning as senior Candace Baldwin scored just 10 seconds in and then dropped in a three with 18:33 to go in the first half to make it 5-0. Tulane was able to cut the lead to one, but the Lady Frogs steadily added to their advantage throughout the half. Junior Amy Pack's bucket with 4:23 to play gave TCU its largest lead of the game at 26-13. The Frogs went to the locker room with a 33-25 margin.
Teana McKiver, who scored only two points in the first half, led a Tulane rally in the second, scoring 19. The Green Wave was able to even the game at 47 all with 12:04 to play as Delacey Joseph sunk a pair of charity shots. Senior Tricia Payne drained a three 12 seconds later to put TCU in the lead for good. Tulane tried to rally, but a pair of Baldwin free throws and back-to-back treys by junior Ebony Shaw stopped the run. TCU went to the line five times in the final 1:37 of play, sinking seven to seal the game at 78-65.
"We were more aggressive tonight than we were last night," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We knew we had to get better pressure on their guards and we did that. Candace (Baldwin) got a lot in transition, and you saw Tiffany (Evans) dive toward the basket and really get under the basket."
"This was a game of big shots," he continued. "Tulane is one of the best teams around. I hope they're an NCAA team, because they've been well-deserving with their play over the course of the season."
Baldwin had a career-high 21 points and Evans added 18 to combine for half of the Lady Frog points. Sophomore Sandora Irvin led the team in rebounds with eight.
Next up for the Lady Frogs is top-seeded and regular season champion Charlotte at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Number 2 Cincinnati and no. 3 DePaul meet in the first semifinal of the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Sunday's championship game will be shown on ESPN2, beginning at 1:00 p.m.