Three-Pointers Lift Lady Frogs Over UCLA, 65-60
Nov. 19, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla.
The TCU Lady Frogs overcame 30 turnovers to defeat the UCLA Bruins Friday, 65-60, in Coral Gables, Fla., to open the 2004-05 regular season. The Lady Frogs will take on the winner of Gardner-Webb and host Miami (Fla.) Sunday at 1 p.m. CST in the title game of the Miami Jam. Miami and Gardner-Webb squared off in the second game Friday night.
TCU was able to snag a 10-6 lead after the first five minutes thanks to a couple of threes by sophomores Ashley Davis and Adrianne Ross. Davis banked her attempt off the glass from the right side with almost four minutes gone. The Bruins answered with six consecutive points to take a 12-10 lead at the 12:42 mark of the first half. The lead went back and forth over the next 5:16 until TCU began to take control.
The Lady Frogs went on a 13-4 run starting with under eight minutes in the period to take a 28-20 upper hand with 4:12 showing on the clock. Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker keyed the stretch with a couple of treys and another bucket. The Purple and White went flat during the last four minutes of the contest and was only able to pick up three free throws from true freshman Amanda Holmes. The Bruins outscored TCU 12-3 to close out the half and take a 32-31 lead into the locker room.
Baker was TCU's top scorer with 11 points, nine of which came on threes. Davis turned in a solid performance as well with eight. Lisa Willis led UCLA with seven points and Noelle Quinn tallied six. TCU was hampered by 18 first-half turnovers and a 10-for-30 (.333) effort from the field. UCLA had 10 miscues and was 11-for-34 (.324) from the floor.
The Bruins came out ready to play in the second half, going up 38-34 when Amanda Livingston hit a shot after only two minutes had ticked away. TCU began to pull things together and tallied nine unanswered over 2:12 to go on top 43-38. Davis did the majority of the damage with a pair of threes.
TCU began to light it up from downtown, with Davis hitting another and sophomore Natasha Lacy her second of the half. The Lady Frogs pushed the lead to 15, 55-40, and held UCLA scoreless for over seven minutes. Willis ended UCLA's drought with a three with eight and a half to play. TCU played ball control the remainder of the way to win by five.
Davis led all scorers with a career-high tying 17 points. She knocked down all but one of her six three-point attempts. She also collected 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Lacy racked up a dozen, all in the second half, and contributed five assists and five steals as well. Senior Sandora Irvin was the game's top rebounder with 13, but with only eight points her double-double streak ended at 15.
Willis was UCLA's top offensive producer with 15. Quinn added 14, and Livingston had 10. Willis also had a game-high six steals.
TCU's three-point shooting was the difference in the game, as it connected on 11-of-21 (.524). The Bruins were a mere 5-for-19 (.263). The Lady Frogs held a huge rebounding edge, 51-35, and had six more offensive boards. TCU ended the game shooting 36.7 percent (22-60), while UCLA made 33.3 percent of its shots (21-63).