Lady Frogs Fall Short in NCAA Championship First Round
March 19, 2005
SEATTLE -- The TCU Lady Frogs saw their season come to a close Saturday in Seattle at Bank of America Arena. The No. 10-seeded Oregon Ducks downed No. 7 TCU 58-55 in the opening round of the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, putting the Lady Frogs' final record at 23-10. Oregon improved to 21-9 with the victory and moved on to face the second-seeded Baylor Lady Bears in the second round of the Tempe Region Monday evening.
TCU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game thanks to a pair of free throws and a layup by Niki Newton. It was the largest advantage either squad took during the first 20 minutes, which featured six ties and eight lead changes. Ashley Goodwin's easy bucket underneath at the 5:23 mark that gave the Lady Frogs a 21-18 lead was the team's final field goal of the first period. Five free throws by Ashley Davis and one by Vanessa Clementino helped TCU enter halftime tied at 27.
The Purple and White shot a mere 25 percent (8-of-32) from the field in the first half, while Oregon was 10-of-26 (.385). What helped TCU was a 7-3 edge on the offensive glass that resulted in a 12-0 disparity in second chance points.
The first six minutes of the second half mirrored the first, as neither squad could muster more than a three-point lead. Still up 37-36 with 14:12 to play after Oregon's Eleanor Haring hit a jumper, TCU went on a 9-2 spurt over the next 4:23 to snatch a 46-38 upper hand.
Unfortunately for TCU, Sandora Irvin's layup during the run with 11:49 to play was the last field goal it hit until Natasha Lacy's three-pointer with 32 seconds to play. The Ducks outscored TCU 20-9 over the final 9:49 after falling behind by eight. Brandi Davis hit two clutch treys for Oregon, the first of which tied the ballgame up at 48 with 5:23 to play. Her second at the 2:58 mark gave the Ducks their largest lead at 55-50.
Lacy's three that ended an 11:17 field goal drought chopped Oregon's lead to 55-53. Cathrine Kraayeveld hit both free throws with 16.9 seconds on the clock after a TCU foul. Clementino got an easy basket underneath on the ensuing possession, and the Lady Frogs still had a chance to tie the score after Brandi Davis made only 1-of-2 at the free-throw line.
The Lady Frogs raced down the court after inbounding the ball with 10.1 seconds remaining. Lacy drove left and was able to get the ball in the hands of TCU's top threat from downtown, Ashley Davis. She was able to get off a three just before the buzzer sounded, but the shot rimmed in and out.
Kraayeveld was the game's high scorer with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Andrea Bills was the only other Duck in double digits with 10 points. She also had a team-high eight rebounds. Brandi Davis finished with seven points that all came in the final six minutes of the contest.
Irvin led the scoring efforts for TCU with 14 points and she pulled down seven boards and blocked six shots. Her 150 swats this season fell two short of tying the NCAA's single-season record. Lacy and Clementino each had 10 points as well.
TCU shot 27.6 percent for the game (16-of-58) and Oregon made 38.8 percent (19-of-49) of its attempts. Oregon had a 37-35 rebounding advantage, but the Lady Frogs finished with a 14-0 edge in second chance points. TCU performed well at the free-throw line, knocking down 19-of-23 (.826), while Oregon was 15-for-21 (.714).
The game was the last for TCU seniors Irvin and Newton. Irvin owns 10 of TCU's 19 career records including games started (118), field goals made (686) and attempted (1,503), free throws made (482) and attempted (705), points (1,892), scoring average (14.9), rebounds (1,370), rebounding average (10.8) and blocked shots (480). Newton ranks sixth in TCU history in games played (117).
TCU returns 12 of its 14-member squad for next season, with 11 being letterwinners.