TCU Claims Battle of WAC Unbeatens
Horned Frogs take sole possession of first place with 82-66 win
FORT WORTH, Texas (January 12, 2000) -- The TCU Lady Frogs improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time in school history and have sole possession of first place in the WAC after beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 82-66 in a grueling, high-energy matchup on Friday night in front of 1,464 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The first half was up-tempo and physical, but saw a total of just nine total fouls called. With a hectic pace, the momentum swung back and forth throughout the opening stanza.
TCU raced out to a 21-8 lead midway through the first half when freshman Tiffany Evans drained a three-pointer at the 9:52 mark, but the Wolf Pack closed the gap over the next six minutes and cut the lead to five points at 27-22. Then it was TCU's chance to surge, and when senior Jill Sutton buried a three-point shot with two seconds left in the half, it gave the Frogs a 39-29 halftime advantage.
The Frogs gained control of the game down the stretch, taking a double-digit lead for good with 9:36 left in the game when junior Kati Safaritova scored on a layup. TCU led by as many as 17 points and iced the game at the free throw line.
The Frogs hit 10 three-pointers in the contest (10-for-21), marking the fourth time this season that the team has made double-figure threes. Sutton and twin sister Amy Porter combined to go 7-of-11 from three-point range for the contest and finished with 12 and nine points respectively.
Tricia Payne netted 13 points in the first half to lead all scorers and ended with a team-high 22 points. She was 9-for-9 from the free throw line and is now 22-for-23 (.957) from the charity stripe in conference play. Senior Janice Thomas, who was listed as questionable due to illness prior to the game, scored eight points and grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds in 23 minutes. Evans came off the bench to score seven points and haul in 10 rebounds.
TCU is now 10-0 this season when scoring at least 70 points. A strong defensive effort held the Pack to 66 points after the team had averaged 89.3 points over their last three contests. Nevada (37.5 percent) was the 13th TCU opponent in 15 games that failed to shoot 40 percent from the field.
The conference-leading Frogs next face the Fresno State Bulldogs on Sunday, January 14, at 2:00 p.m. The team follows that with a game at Rice on Friday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.