TCU Has Record-Setting Performance in 103-23 Victory
Nov. 30, 2001
FORT WORTH, Texas - From the opening tip in the TCU/Prairie View A&M game, the outcome was never in question. How many records TCU would set was all that was left in doubt. TCU established one NCAA record, holding Prairie View A&M to just seven points in the first half, and established schools records for fewest points allowed in a half (7), fewest points allowed in a game (23) and largest margin of victory (80). With the 103-23 victory, the Frogs improved to 3-2 on the season.
Over the first 13 minutes, the Lady Frogs scored 27 of the game's first 28 points. The Panthers hit their first field goal of the contest at the 6:51 mark of the first half to make the score 27-3. However, TCU then went on an 18-0 run to take a remarkable 45-3 lead. Prairie View scored four points in the final two minutes before halftime, but it was not enough to avoid setting the record for futility in a half. The previous record was eight points scored by Liberty against Radford on January 27, 2001.
The all-time record for fewest points scored in a game remains 19, set by Prairie View on March 3, 1983 against Jackson State. A Monica Grass bucket with 6:31 remaining ensured that Prairie View would not re-set that record. However, the 23 points allowed was the fewest ever surrendered by a TCU team, eclipsing the 32 points that Howard Payne scored against the Frogs on November 29, 1996. The 80-point victory exceeded the largest victory margin by 12 points.
"To hold a team to seven points in a half is a pretty good defensive effort," head coach Jeff Mittie said. "It's was good to get back home and get a victory."
The Frogs allowed the Panthers to shoot just 19.3 percent for the game, including 10.7 percent (3-for-28) in the first half. Meanwhile, TCU reached the 100-point mark for the second time this season.
TCU had four players in double figures, led by Grace Gantt's 19. Sandora Irvin added 13 points, while Candace Baldwin and Niki Newton set career highs with 12 points apiece. In addition, 11 Frogs had at least five points in the game. Irvin narrowly missed her third double-double of the season with a game-high nine rebounds in 23 minutes.
The Frogs conclude play in the Cook Children's TCU Hoops Classic with a game against San Diego State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Prairie View and San Diego State face off on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.