TCU falls to Lady Cougars in Houston
Dec. 21, 2007
HOUSTON--Four Lady Frogs scored in double-figures, but TCU was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance during a 73-68 loss Friday evening to Houston at the Cougars' Hofheinz Pavilion.
The loss dropped the Frogs to 5-7 this season and 0-5 on the road. Houston improved to 5-7.
Adrianne Ross led TCU in scoring for the eighth game this season, as she poured in 17 points before fouling out in the game's final minute. Ross added five rebounds and five steals, as she moved within three thefts of former Lady Frog Rachel Hesse for the program's career steals record.
Moneka Knight, Danielle Nunn and Emily Carter added 10 points each for TCU, with Carter and Knight combining to go 13-of-15 from the free-throw line. As a team, TCU shot 23-of-30 from the line, season highs for both makes and attempts.
Sverrisdottir matched a career high with 10 rebounds to lead TCU's efforts on the glass, and Helen Roden added six boards.
Houston out-shot the Lady Frogs from the field by a wide margin (50.0-34.5 percent), but TCU was able to keep itself in the game by winning both the rebounding (35-32) and turnover battles (17-24), in addition to making eight more trips to the free-throw line.
Tye Jackson, the reigning Conference USA player of the year, led Houston with 14 points while shooting 5-of-7 from the field, but was forced into six turnovers by the Frogs. Ryan Meyers scored 13 points, while Twiggy McIntyre and Brittney Scott each added 10. Courtney Taylor led the squad with eight boards.
Despite holding a two-point halftime lead, 34-32, the Lady Frogs trailed for much of the second half of a close contest. Houston never built more than a four-point advantage for most of the period, and TCU was able to wrestle away the lead near the eight-minute mark.
Emily Carter brought the deficit within one point by sinking a 3-pointer from the left wing before Carter stole a pass on the ensuing possession and fed Ross for a layup. Two free throws by Nunn after another steal gave the Frogs a seven-point lead at 59-52 with just under seven minutes remaining.
Houston responded with 16 of the game's next 20 points, capped by a pair of free throws by Jackson at the 2:01 mark that gave her squad its biggest lead at five points, 68-63. Following a layup by Sverrisdottir and a Cougar free throw, Ross brought TCU within one point on a trey with 51.5 remaining, but the Frogs never were able to close the gap. McIntyre nailed a three on the next UH possession with 26.6 seconds left to put the game out of reach.
TCU takes a week off from competition before returning to the court at home against Grambling State on Saturday, Dec. 29. Tip-off between the Lady Frogs and the Tigers is set for 2 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.