Lady Frogs Cruise in Exhibition, 95-54
Nov. 5, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
The TCU women's basketball team cruised to a 95-54 victory against TTT Riga in exhibition action Friday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Fort Worth. The Lady Frogs never trailed in the game, going on a 12-0 run to open up the first 2:48 of the contest.
The Lady Frogs' largest lead in the first half was 21 coming on a free throw by redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker in the closing seconds. TCU led 52-31 at the intermission. Baker tossed in 17 points to lead the Purple and White, finishing a perfect 7-for-7 from the field. Two of her makes were from three-point range. Senior Sandora Irvin was close behind with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and she collected seven rebounds.
TTT Riga, a professional team from Latvia, was led by Anita Mikale's 11 first-half points off the bench. Ieva Tare contributed nine points and five boards, and Dace Krumina had seven points.
TCU continued to pour it on in the second frame. The advantage eclipsed the 30-point mark with 10:28 to play when sophomore Natasha Lacy drove the lane for an easy bucket to set the score at 73-42. The largest lead was 43, 95-52, with 30 seconds remaining after rookie Moneka Knight canned a long jumper from the left side. Dina Piterniece drained a couple of charity tosses for the game's final points.
Irvin finished as the game's high scorer with 22 points. She added 14 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and was three assists shy of a triple-double. Baker tallied 19 in 22 minutes, and Lacy finished with 16 points, eight boards and eight helpers. Sophomore Adrianne Ross was the Lady Frogs' other double digit scorer with 13 points.
TTT Riga's Krumina was the squad's leading scorer, making 6-of-13 shots and a free throw for 15 points. Mikale scored 14 and Tare had 11 points and seven rebounds.
TCU dominated in points in the paint, holding a 48-20 upper hand. The Lady Frogs also converted 32 turnovers into 39 points, compared to TTT Riga's six points on 13 TCU miscues. The Purple and White shot just over 50 percent from the floor (35-69) and held the opposition to 33.9 percent shooting (20-59). TCU also had a significant advantage on fast break points, holding a 20-5 edge.
The Lady Frogs will be back in action Friday, Nov. 12, for their final exhibition of the season against EV1 at 7 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Admission is free to the public. TCU opens the 2004-05 campaign on the road Nov. 19 versus UCLA at the Miami Jam in Coral Gables, Fla. The Lady Frogs' first regular season home game is set for Nov. 22 against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.