Lady Frogs Come Up Short Against UW-Green Bay
Dec. 3, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The UW-Green Bay Phoenix rose from a 16-point deficit to top the TCU Lady Frogs, 60-58, in a thriller at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Tuesday evening. UW-Green Bay moves to 5-1 on the season, while the Lady Frogs fall to 2-3.
TCU ripped out to a fast start, scoring on eight of the Frogs' first nine shots to take a 16-0 lead in the first four minutes of action. However, turnovers by the Lady Frogs combined with strong play by the Phoenix, saw UW-Green Bay go on a 14 to 3 scoring run, cutting the lead to five with 6:54 to go in the first half. TCU continued to be held scoreless for nearly seven and a half minutes, until senior Tricia Payne stepped to the line and drained two free throws at the 6:30 mark to make it 21-14. UW-Green Bay cut the TCU lead even further before intermission, and the Lady Frogs took a two-point advantage to the locker room at the break.
The Lady Frogs were able to push their lead to as many as 11 midway through the second half, but the Phoenix countered with Kristy Loiselle and Chandra Johnson. The duo combined for 15 during the six and a half minute stretch from 9:30 to 3:03, cutting the Frogs' lead again to two. An off-balance jumper by Sara Boyer with 2:01 to go tied the game for the first time, and Johnson's layup with 1:38 left gave the Phoenix its first lead of the game. Junior Tiffany Evans handed the Lady Frogs a glimmer of hope as she drained a three-pointer with 26 seconds left to put TCU up 58-57. However, a three by Mary Kulenkamp with 12 seconds to go, and a pair of missed shots by the Lady Frogs, sealed the UW-Green Bay victory, 60-58.
"I think we gave it away all night long," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "We had 26 turnovers. We got off to a great start, and then I think we thought things would be easy all night. We got careless with the ball and never regained our rhythm. You can't do that against a solid team."
Senior Candace Baldwin led the Lady Frogs with 16 points and three assists, while Evans tallied nine points and six rebounds. Sophomore Sandora Irvin posted eight points, six boards and five blocks for the night.
The Lady Frogs host crosstown and former conference rival, SMU, on Thursday, Dec. 5 in a 7:00 p.m. tilt at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The squad will then head out on the road to take on former Southwest Conference opponent Texas on Dec. 10 in Austin.