Lorie Butler-Rayford leads TCU over Pepperdine, 74-56
Dec. 3, 2006
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU junior forward Lorie Butler-Rayford wanted to make sure she made an impression on a school located just 30 minutes away from where she grew up in Inglewood, Calif.
With an all-around performance on the court consisting of 16 points, 7 rebounds, a career-high 5 assists and 4 steals -it's likely she got her point across.
Behind a strong second half, the Lady Frogs (4-3) recorded their fourth straight victory with a 74-56 win over Pepperdine University (6-3) at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Frogs and Waves went to the break with a 34-34 tie, but TCU--dubbed the second half kids--opened the period on a 16-5 run and led 50-39 with 12:39 remaining.
"Coach (Jeff Mittie) does a good job of letting us go to the locker room at the half, and we talk things out," said Butler-Rayford, who shot 6-of-8 from the floor. "We've really done well lately in the second half and everyone is contributing."
For a team that upset then-No. 14 Rutgers in November and that is receiving more votes than TCU in both polls, Pepperdine is no pushover team. But the Lady Frogs' dominating defense and spread offense proved too much for the Waves.
TCU forced 26 turnovers and shot almost 50 percent for the game. Two days after tying her career high with 22 points, Ashley Davis set a new personal best record with 23 points. She was 7-for-19 from the field and had three 3-pointers. Sophomore Micaela Younger got the first start of her career and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor for eight points and she chipped in four rebounds.
The Lady Frogs never felt threatened in the second period and led by as much as 22 points (72-50) with 3:37 left in the game.
In its last four games, TCU has defeated opponents by a double-figure margin in every contest.
The Purple and White will not play another game until Florida travels to Fort Worth on Dec. 8 for a nationally televised game on themtn.