Feb. 1, 2004
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LADY FROGS' GAME #20:
#21/20 TCU (16-3, 5-1) at USF (8-12, 1-6)
Feb. 2, 2004 * Sun Dome * 6 p.m. CST
#45 Tracy Wynn, 6-2, Sr., F, 7.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#50 Sandora Irvin, 6-3, Jr., F, 15.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg
#30 Ebony Shaw, 5-10, Sr., G, 10.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
#12 Kim Ortega, 5-8, Sr., G, 6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg
#33 Adrianne Ross, 5-8, Fr., G, 7.9 ppg, 3.4 apg
#25 Jessica Dickson, 5-11, Fr., F, 16.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg
#1 Ezria Parsons, 6-0, So., F, 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
#32 Nalini Miller, 6-2, Fr., F, 11.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg
#2 Rachael Sheats, 5-11, Fr., G, 5.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg
#3 Anedra Gilmore, 5-6, Jr., G, 6.1 ppg, 5.3 apg
ABOUT THE CONTEST
The No. 21/20 TCU Lady Frogs hit the Sunshine State Monday for a 6 p.m. CST showdown with the USF Bulls at the Sun Dome in Tampa. TCU (16-3, 5-1) is coming off a 96-66 victory against UAB Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, while USF (8-12, 1-6) was dropped by No. NR/24 Houston by a score of 62-57. USF's lone C-USA win this season came Jan. 23 at Saint Louis when the Billikens surrendered to the Bulls, 68-51. Like many teams in Conference USA, the Lady Frogs do not have a lengthy history with USF, as the two squads have only met twice. The Purple and White won both match-ups, the first of which was by a 69-54 count Feb. 1, 2002, in Tampa. Last season, TCU defeated the Bulls, 74-57, in its final regular season game March 2 in Cowtown. Rookie forward Jessica Dickinson leads USF in scoring with 16.6 points per game and classmate Nalini Miller is second with an average of 11.5. Miller leads the team in rebounding with 8.3 boards each outing. Dickson is second with 6.5. Junior guard Anedra Gilmore is also a significant contributor in the lineup with 6.1 points per game, 5.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
TCU'S LAST TIME OUT
Five Lady Frogs reached double figures Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala., as No. 21/20 TCU (16-3, 5-1 C-USA) downed UAB (7-13, 1-6 C-USA) by a 96-66 count at Bartow Arena. The 96 points scored by the Lady Frogs was a school record in Conference USA regular season or tournament play. Irvin led all scorers with 27 points, tying her career-best that was set last season against SMU. She also pulled down 11 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the year and rejected three shots. Irvin made 10-of-13 shots and was 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Ortega added 13 in her first start of the season and Pack added a dozen off the bench. Ross and Davis netted 11 and 10 off the pine for the Lady Frogs as well. Lacy had six assists and a career-high nine rebounds at the point guard position. Irvin moved to within 11 points of reaching the 1,000-point plateau. She stands to become the seventh Lady Frog to achieve the feat. Shaw became the sixth less than a week ago against Cincinnati Jan. 25 when she hit a three in the final minutes of the game. A pair of double digit scorers paced the offense for UAB. Crystal McFadden led the way with 19 points on 5-of-16 shooting and an 8-for-10 effort from the line. Natasha Thomas tossed in 18 by draining eight of her 13 field goal attempts. She was the Blazers' leading rebounder with nine. Vanessa White scored two points and had six steals as well.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TCU and USF last squared off March 2, 2003, in Fort Worth. The Lady Frogs were victorious by a 74-57 count in their final regular season game. It gave TCU an 8-6 record in the league, good enough for fifth place heading into the Conference USA Tournament. The win also capped off an impressive turnaround by the Lady Frogs, as they started 3-5 through their first eight league contests. Sandora Irvin led the way for TCU with a double-double coming on 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ebony Shaw came off the bench for the Lady Frogs and netted a game-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Amy Pack had eight points and Grace Gantt and Candace Baldwin added seven apiece. USF's leading scorer was Alana Tanksley with 14 on 4-of-10 shooting. Three of her field goals were threes and she hit all three attempts from the charity stripe. Tanksley fell one rebound short of a double-double. Aiya Shepard tossed in a dozen for the Bulls and Sarah Lochmann added 10. TCU held a huge advantage in turnovers, forcing USF into 26 and committing only 15. The Bulls won the rebounding battle, 41-37, and held a 14-9 advantage on the offensive side of the glass.