Horned Frogs Power Past Cougars Thursday, 69-57
Dec. 2, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU used a strong second half performance from Emily Carter Thursday night to down Houston, 69-57, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and extend its home winning streak to 25 games.
The Horned Frogs, who improved to 4-3 on the season with the win, were led by Carter, who ignited the TCU offense in the second half on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from deep. Overall, Carter netted 20 of her game-high 26 points during the second period.
The Frogs, who only missed one three during the second half on 5-of-6 shooting from downtown, used a 23-17 advantage on the glass during the second period of play to pull away from the pesky Cougars, who opened the half on a 12-2 run.
On the night, the Frogs pressured Houston into 12 turnovers, while limiting the Cougars to only 26.3 percent from the field on 20-of-76 shooting. Houston, who suffered its first loss on the year and moved to 4-1, had three players score in double figures, including Courtney Taylor, who netted 13 points, while also grabbing 14 boards.
Despite shooting only 20 percent in the first half, Houston jumped out to a 32-25 lead to start the second half on a 12-2 run, which included four-straight three-pointers. Cater put a halt to the run, scoring back-to-back three's from each corner to bring TCU within one at the 14:20 mark of the second half.
Sverrisdottir regained the Purple and White lead at 36-34 with a three of her own and the two teams traded possessions until Carter found DeLisa Gross on a cut to give TCU a three-point lead with less then 12 minutes remaining.
Crawford's layup increased the Horned Frog lead to 46-41 with 8 minutes to go and TCU built the lead to 50-41 before the Cougars went on a 9-3 run halfway through the second period to claw their way back in the game.
Carter moved the score to 56-50 with 3 minutes to go in the contest just beating the shot clock from deep off a skip pass from Antoinette Thompson. Carter powered the Frogs down the stretch going 9-of-10 from the charity stripe in the second half to secure the Horned Frog victory.
The Horned Frogs jumped out to an early 5-2 lead following a mid-range jumper by Gross. The Cougars battled back to take the lead before Crawford's put-back off a rebound made the score 8-7 in favor of the Frogs.
Sverrisdottir's three-point play at the 9:54 mark of the first half pushed the TCU lead back to three at 13-10, but the Cougars clawed their way back to tie the ballgame halfway through the first half.
Two-straight buckets by Carter ignited an 8-0 run, included in that span was a beautiful look ahead from Sverrisdottir to Crawford to move the score to 21-15 late in the first half.
Houston cut into the TCU lead right before the break on a 5-0 run to make the score 23-20 in favor of the Frogs, which is tied for No. 10 all-time in fewest combined first half points.
TCU will return to action Saturday afternoon at Fresno State. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. CT.