Lady Frogs Pound Grambling State, 79-33
Dec. 29, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas
The TCU Lady Frogs snapped their three-game losing streak Wednesday night in Fort Worth, pounding the Grambling State Lady Tigers by a 79-33 count. The 33 points allowed by TCU (8-5) was the third fewest in a single game in school history, and the 11 second-half points scored by Grambling (2-7) tied a Lady Frog record for fewest second-half points allowed. The loss was the Lady Tigers' seventh in a row.
TCU got off to a slow start in the first five minutes, but sophomore Natasha Lacy put the Lady Frogs ahead for good on a pair of free throws with 15:26 to go in the first period. The lead hit double digits for the first time when a layup by freshman Lorie Butler-Rayford put her squad up 19-9. GSU was able to close the deficit to six, 27-21, at the 4:49 mark after a jumper by Juleen Smith, but the Lady Frogs answered with a 12-1 run to take a 39-22 advantage at the half.
Grambling got as close as 14 in the second stanza when a layup by Dominique Headd set the score at 41-27 with 16:08 to play. The Lady Tigers missed their next 12 shots and allowed the Lady Frogs to tally 20 unanswered points over a span of 6:45. Smith ended the drought for Grambling with a jumper at the 7:38 mark.
TCU senior Sandora Irvin led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line. She also grabbed 10 rebounds for her third double-double in a row and her ninth of the season. Irvin rejected five shots and came up with five steals as well. The five blocks gave Irvin 374 for her career, catapulting her into sole possession of fourth place on the NCAA's all-time list. She needs 55 more to break the record.
Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker, Butler-Rayford and sophomore Ashley Davis each fell one point shy of double figures. Baker had three boards and a couple steals in her 23 minutes, while Butler-Rayford snagged seven rebounds. Lacy turned in an all-around performance with six points, seven rebounds, eight assists and five steals.
Headd paved the way for the Lady Tigers with 10 points and 10 boards. Lacey Cormier' tallied seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
GSU managed to shoot just 19.0 percent from the floor (11-of-58), the second lowest field goal percentage allowed in TCU history. Grambling also went 0-for-15 on threes. The Lady Frogs were 36.8 percent from the field (28-of-76). TCU held a 58-44 advantage on the glass, out-rebounding GSU 26-20 on the offensive side and 32-24 on defensive boards. The Lady Frogs converted 32 Lady Tiger turnovers into 39 points, while TCU's 18 only materialized into nine for GSU. TCU owned the lane as well with a 42-16 edge on points in the paint.
The Lady Frogs host Texas-Arlington Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum before kicking off Conference USA play the following weekend at Southern Miss and Tulane.