TCU Women Win Home Opener, 88-63
Nov. 22, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
The TCU women's basketball team rebounded from its loss to Miami (Fla.) Sunday by downing Sam Houston State in its home opener, 88-63, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Monday night. The Lady Frogs upped their record to 2-1 on the year, while Sam Houston dropped to 0-2.
TCU opened the game by going on a 19-0 run, not allowing the Bearkats to score until the 12:14 mark when Shauna Singleton made the second of two free throws. Sam Houston did not record its first field goal until 10:26 was showing on the scoreboard when Jamie Davidson hit a jumper. It ended a 0-10 drought. TCU ended the half with a 54-16 advantage, the fifth most points scored in a first half in school history.
The Bearkats shot just 15.4 percent (4-26) in the first period, the eighth lowest percentage allowed in any half in TCU history. It was the sixth lowest in a first half of basketball. It came just one day after the Lady Frogs went 5-for-32 (.156) in the first stanza versus Miami for the fifth worst effort in school history for any half.
TCU senior Sandora Irvin led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. She also blocked five shots to move up to 12th all-time on the NCAA's list for career swats. Irvin needs 89 more to tie Cal State Fullerton's Genia Miller for the top spot.
The Lady Frogs backed off in the second half and used their bench for most of the 20 minutes. TCU grabbed its largest lead of the game with 19:09 to play at 40 when Irvin made the score 56-16 on a layup. Sam Houston went on an 8-0 run over the next 3:03, and eventually chopped the Lady Frog lead to as few as 22 late in the contest. The Bearkats shot 51.9 percent (14-27) in the second half and outscored TCU 47-34.
Irvin ended the game with 20 points, a dozen boards, six blocks and three steals in 25 minutes of action. Sophomore Adrianne Ross tossed in 17 on 4-of-10 shooting and a 6-for-8 effort from the free-throw line. She had a team-high six assists as well. Classmate Ashley Davis was the Lady Frogs' other double digit scorer with 13, three of which came on three-pointers.
Three Lady Frogs scored their first points with the Purple and White. Redshirt freshman Jenna Lohse, junior transfer Vanessa Clementino and true freshman Ashley Goodwin all scored in the game. Clementino had nine points and six rebounds, Goodwin tallied four and Lohse had two.
Sam Houston State saw three of its players reach double figures. Erica Parker had a baker's dozen to lead the trio. Singleton and Sarah Hilton had 11 apiece.
The Lady Frogs shot 30-of-72 (.417) compared to 18-of-53 (.340) for the Bearkats. TCU owned the paint with a 36-16 advantage and forced SHSU into 30 turnovers, which was converted into 38 points for the Lady Frogs. TCU had just 14 miscues. The Lady Frogs also owned a 14-3 upper hand on fast break points.
TCU will head to Honolulu, Hawaii, for its next three ballgames, as it partakes in the Rainbow Wahine Classic. The Lady Frogs face California in the first game Friday, Nov. 26, at 4:40 p.m. CST. TCU will then face either Georgia or Idaho the next day and host Hawai'i, Michigan State, Santa Clara or Utah Sunday. The next home game is slated for Dec. 2 against SMU at 7 p.m. The TCU-SMU game will be televised regionally on FOX Sports Net Southwest.