Lady Frogs Lose In Travelers Classic Final
Nov 29, 2002
By MICHAEL MAROT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Mary Jo Noon scored 23 points, and Erika Valek added 19 as sixth-ranked Purdue remained unbeaten by rolling over TCU 93-74 Friday to win the Travelers Classic.
The Boilermakers (4-0) also got 18 points from tournament MVP Shereka Wright and 12 from Lindsey Hicks. The Lady Frogs (2-2) were led by Candace Baldwin with 18 points.
The Horned Frogs had no answer for Purdue's inside-out combination, and lost for the first time to a Big Ten opponent. Purdue missed producing its first back-to-back 100-point games since December 1990, but the win did not come nearly as easily as Thursday's 103-25 victory over Savannah State.
After Purdue took a 15-2 lead in the first 3:34, the Horned Frogs fought back with a 9-0 run. TCU got within 30-24, but the Boilermakers closed the half with six straight points to build a 47-33 lead.
TCU's problems continued in the second half. The Horned Frogs missed their first five shots as Purdue opened with on 12-1 run that made it 59-34. Purdue continued to pull away, and led by as many as 28 points.
The Horned Frogs' top player, Sandora Irvin, came off the bench after being
suspended for Thursday night's game against Holy Cross for violating team
rules. Irvin finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.