Mittie Notches 200th Victory As TCU Defeats Arkansas 60-58
Dec. 29, 2001
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Lady Frogs picked up a milestone victory for head coach Jeff Mittie and registered a monumental win for the program with a 60-58 triumph over the Arkansas Lady Razorbacks on Saturday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The victory was the 200th of Mittie's coaching career and just the second in 21 games all-time against Arkansas.
"I think it's a huge step for us as we keep growing," Mittie said. "I knew it was going to be a war down the stretch. Our team really earned this one. It was a hard-fought win. I think reaching 200 (victories) is special because I've had special players throughout my career."
TCU, who trailed throughout much of the first half before managing a 30-30 tie at the break, had the lead for the majority of the second stanza. However, Arkansas (8-3) would not let TCU pull away, and instead took a 52-49 lead with 4:59 remaining to play.
But after relinquishing the lead, TCU went on the offensive, scoring the next seven points over the next 2-plus minutes to take a 56-52 lead. Not to be outdone, Arkansas' Amy Wright converted a three-point play with :38 left to boost the Lady Razorbacks back into the lead, 58-57.
But on the next TCU possession, forward Niki Newton was fouled and stepped to the line for a pair of shots. The freshman, who entered the game shooting just 52.4 percent (11-for-21) from the charity stripe, calmly sank both free throws to give TCU the lead for good at 59-58. Ashanti Nix tacked on a free throw with :05 remaining to account for the final score. Arkansas was unable to get off a final shot before the buzzer sounded.
TCU's only previous victory over Arkansas came on Feb. 9, 1998 by a 73-69 score. TCU's current record ties as the second-best 11-game start in Lady Frog history. TCU (8-3) is now 3-2 this season against opponents who qualified for the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
Ebony Shaw led TCU with 14 points, while Newton added 10. Sandora Irvin dragged down a game-high 11 rebounds. TCU shot just 34.8 percent from the floor, but made 25-of-38 free throw attempts. Arkansas connected on just 15-of-31 free throws.
The Lady Frogs next host the Montana State Bobcats on Tues., Jan. 1, 2002, at 1:00 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.