No. 23/25 TCU Gets Past Oklahoma, 81-65
Dec. 9, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
The No. 23/25 TCU Lady Frogs (7-2) fought their way past the Oklahoma Sooners (4-3), 81-65, Thursday night in Fort Worth in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated. The win snapped TCU's eight-game losing streak to Oklahoma. The Lady Frogs last victory over OU came Feb. 24, 1993, by a 79-76 score.
TCU started slow and was trailing 6-0 before two minutes had even ticked off the clock. The Lady Frogs began to creep back into the contest and were able to knot things up at 10-10 with 12:41 to go in the half on a couple free throws by junior Vanessa Clementino. The two teams traded leads back and forth, with neither squad going up by more than four. TCU was able to snag a two-point edge at the half, 31-29.
The Lady Frogs and Sooners both struggled from the field. TCU shot 32.4 percent (11-34) and OU was 28.1 percent (9-32) from the floor. Senior Sandora Irvin led the way for the Lady Frogs with 13 points and seven rebounds. OU's Dionnah Jackson posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
The game stayed tight during the first 10 minutes of the second half. Things were deadlocked at 47 apiece with 10:28 remaining, at which time TCU was able to go on a 12-2 spurt to take a 10-point advantage. Oklahoma managed to stay in the game and trimmed the lead to six, 61-55, at the 6:21 mark on a three by Laura Andrews.
With the game still in reach for Oklahoma, TCU scored 10 of the next 12 points, capped by a three from sophomore Ashley Davis. The Lady Frogs' 14-point upper hand, 71-57, with 4:05 to play was too much for the Sooners to overcome. The lead became as large as 20, 80-60, with a minute to go before Oklahoma hit a couple more jumpers to end the game.
Irvin stole the show by scoring a career-high 32 points, making 11-of-21 from the field and 9-of-10 at the free-throw line. She became the first Lady Frog to hit the 30-point mark since Tricia Payne's 32-point effort versus SMU Feb. 9, 2001. It also tied for the sixth highest single game total in school history. Irvin pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds and blocked three shots as well. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native now needs just 18 points to become TCU's all-time leading scorer. Janice Dziuk holds the current record with 1,448 points.
Other Lady Frogs put up some impressive numbers as well. Sophomore Natasha Lacy narrowly missed becoming the first player in school history to record a triple-double, falling one point short. She hauled in 12 rebounds, assisted on 10 other baskets and came away with four steals as well. Clementino was the Lady Frogs' other double figure scorer with a career-high 14 points.
Oklahoma was led by Leah Rush's 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting. She was one rebound aa double-double. Jackson concluded her night with 16 points and 15 rebounds.
TCU shot 16-for-37 (.432) in the second half to up its percentage for the game to 38.0 (27-71). Oklahoma was 23-of-70 for a 32.9 percent mark. The Lady Frogs held a 50-45 edge on the glass and committed just 12 turnovers to OU's 15. TCU went to the charity stripe 28 times and made 20 of its tries (.714), while the Sooners went 10-for-15 (.667).
The Lady Frogs hit the road once again for their next game with Utah Dec. 11 in Salt Lake City at 4 p.m. CST.