TCU Women's Hoops Falls to Miami (Fla.), 68-57
Nov. 21, 2004
CORAL GABLES, Fla.
A 5-for-32 (.156) shooting effort in the first half was too much for the TCU Lady Frogs to overcome Sunday in Coral Gables, Fla. The Lady Frogs were defeated by the Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes, 68-57, in the championship game of the Miami Jam. Senior Sandora Irvin and sophomore Ashley Davis were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances over the weekend.
The Hurricanes began pulling away from TCU with 14:30 to go in the first period when Albrey Grimsley nailed a three-point bucket to give Miami a seven-point advantage, 12-5. The Purple and White was able to close the gap to as little as six, 24-18, at the 6:46 mark after senior Niki Newton laid the ball up and in off a Davis miss. Despite the poor shooting effort, the Lady Frogs only trailed by eight at halftime, 28-20.
During the first stanza, Irvin was able to collect the 1,000th rebound of her career, becoming the first player in TCU history, male or female, to reach the plateau. It came with 9:58 remaining off a missed free throw by junior teammate Vanessa Clementino. Irvin is just the fourth player in Conference USA history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career.
The shooting got better for TCU in the second stanza, but it did for Miami as well. The closest the Lady Frogs got was eight, 42-34, with 13:17 showing on the scoreboard when sophomore Adrianne Ross made her second trey of the period. The Hurricanes continued to capitalize on their opportunities and eventually pushed the lead to 19 on two occasions. TCU was able to grab several second chance points in the final three minutes of the game to set the final margin at 11.
Irvin concluded the game with a double-double coming on 17 points and 17 rebounds. Davis chipped in with 11, three of which came on threes. Ross was the Lady Frogs' other double digit scorer with 10. Newton gave a strong performance in her second start of the year with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Canes' Tamara James tallied 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, and she hauled in nine rebounds as well. She was the Miami Jam Most Valuable Player. Yalonda McCormick scored 17 as well, making half of her 14 attempts from the floor, and she had four steals. Imani Dhahabu was the other Miami player in double figures with 10 off the bench.
TCU finished the game shooting 27.1 percent from the field (19-70). Miami made nearly 50 percent of its shots, going 28-for-58. The Lady Frogs made 11-of-21 threes against UCLA Friday, but only managed to go 6-for-26 (.231) Sunday. TCU collected 50 rebounds, 12 more than Miami, and held a huge 26-8 upper hand on the offensive glass. Second change points were 24-8 in favor of the Lady Frogs. Neither squad was careful with the ball, as they combined for 45 turnovers (TCU 23, Miami 22).
The Lady Frogs will look to rebound Monday night, Nov. 22, in their home opener against Sam Houston State at 7 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Clementino will be the featured TCU player of the game, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a free Clementino player trading card.