Lady Frogs Crank Out 76-70 Victory Over Oregon
Dec. 22, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs (4-5) pounded out a tough 76-70 win over the tenacious Oregon Ducks (4-5). Junior Tiffany Evans led the Lady Frogs with 14 points, while sophomore Sandora Irvin racked up 16 boards. The Lady Frogs are off until eighth-ranked Vanderbilt comes to Daniel-Meyer on Dec. 28.
The teams traded points in the early goings of the first half. However, Oregon was in charge until the 8:15 mark as five of its seven baskets were three pointers. The Lady Frogs rallied from an eight-point deficit at the 13:12 mark with buckets from juniors Niki Newton and Kim Ortega to cut it to a single point. Senior Candace Baldwin gave the Frogs the go-ahead bucket with 8:15 left on a breakaway lay-up. Newton scored eight of the Frogs' 16 points in the final eight minutes of the first half to help TCU to a 36-29 halftime advantage.
In the second half, the Lady Frogs continued to stretch their lead, but the Ducks cut the 10-point TCU advantage to one when Andrea Bills scored on a lay-up, was fouled, missed her free throw, and then put back her own rebound. TCU pushed it to 10 points again with eight points from Evans, four from Baldwin and two from Irvin.
The Lady Frogs' biggest lead came at the 3:18 mark when senior Tricia Payne drained her second three pointer of the day to make it 69-57 TCU. In the next 47 seconds, though, the Ducks tallied a trio of long-distance shots from Kedzie Gunderson, Brandi Davis and Kayla Steen to make it 69-66. The teams traded free throws, and then Payne drilled another trey to put the Frogs up 73-67 with 57.2 seconds to go. Irvin dropped in a pair of free throws with 39.9 seconds to give TCU an eight-point advantage, but Oregon's Davis scored her final three-pointer of the afternoon at the 21.7 mark. Payne's made charity shot with 20.3 seconds left sealed the game's 76-70 score.
"We might look at this as an early Christmas gift," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "It seemed like there were times we wanted to give it away. There were points when we were in a position to run away with it, but then (Brandi) Davis hit some tough shots."
"We're trying to get more transition baskets," Mittie continued. "We saw some good transition today, and some we wasted because of our passing."
TCU will return to action at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. when eighth-ranked Vanderbilt comes to town. The game against Texas Southern, originally scheduled for New Year's Eve, has been moved to Monday, Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m.