TCU travels to UNLV on Saturday
RV/RV TCU at UNLV
Feb. 2, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - In the midst of a three-game road trip, the TCU women's basketball team will begin the second half of conference play on Saturday when it returns to the hardwood to face UNLV at 9 p.m. CT at Cox Pavilion. RV/RV TCU (15-7, 5-3 Mountain West Conferene) enters Saturday's game looking for its third straight victory over UNLV (10-10, 4-4 MWC) but first in Las Vegas since a 78-62 win on Jan. 23, 1999. TCU dropped last year's meeting in Las Vegas, 61-50.
Playing its second of three straight road games, TCU is bidding to end its three-game slide on the road after suffering a 69-65 setback at BYU on Thursday night.
UNLV is coming off a 57-46 win over Colorado State on Thursday and is in search of its fifth conference win of the season and third in its last four games.
Saturday's game can be heard on 88.7 KTCU and www.gofrogs.com with Jeff Williams calling the action. Live stats from the game are also available on www.gofrogs.com.
TCU leads the all-time series 6-1 and the Lady Frogs have won two straight over the Lady Rebels. The Lady Frogs are 2-1 all-time at UNLV.
Following the UNLV game, TCU will conclude its three-game road trip with a game at Colorado State on Wednesday (Feb. 7) at 8 p.m. CT. TCU is 1-5 on the road this season with its lone victory coming at Air Force on Jan. 11.
Saturday's game will be TCU's first of two trips to Las Vegas this season. The entire Mountain West Conference will converge on Las Vegas in early March for both the men's and women's conference tournaments which will be played March 6-10.
UNLV has put together five series of consecutive wins, but are yet to win more than two straight games this season.
The Lady Rebels average just 60.8 points per game, but they are giving up only 59.7 per contest. They also shoot a conference-low 24.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Both teams opened conference play against each other on Jan. 3 in Fort Worth where the Lady Frogs won 88-63.
The school's split both of last year's meetings with both winning on their home courts.
Leading the Lady Rebels is Regina Miller, who has an overall record of 163-98 and is in her ninth season at UNLV. For her career, Miller has an overall record of 223-298 after spending six seasons at Western Illinois.
UNLV was picked to finish sixth in the league, which is exactly what place they are currently in. Forward Sequoia Holmes paces the Lady Rebles with an average of 13.6 points per game, while center Shamela Hampton averages 12.2. Forward Faye Muller leads the team in rebounding with an average of 10.2.
Earlier this week, UNLV dismissed Kisha Lee from the squad for a violation of team rules. Lee had been suspended earlier in the season as well an had an average of 6.2 points per game in 17 games, including five starts. In the mathup between the two schools earlier this season, Lee tied for the team lead with 16 points.
Date Site W/L Score Feb. 22, 1997 Fort Worth W 80-49 Feb. 27, 1997 Las Vegas W 97-67 Jan. 23, 1999 Las Vegas W 78-62 Feb. 18, 1999 Fort Worth W (OT) 64-63 Feb. 2, 2006 Las Vegas L 61-50 Mar. 4, 2006 Fort Worth W (OT) 82-77 Jan. 3, 2007 Fort Worth W 88-63
Last Time Out
TCU (15-7, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) trailed by as many as 15 points in the game, but used runs of 10-0 and 12-2 to pull within range of BYU (16-5, 7-1 MWC) after the Cougars had obtained double-digit leads in both the first and second halves.
TCU trailed 63-61 with 2:44 to play following a pair of free throws by Lorie Butler-Rayford before TCU went cold at the line and misfired on five of its final seven free throws in the final 2:21.
In comparison, BYU, who entered the game shooting just 60.1 percent from the free-throw line, made its first 12 attempts from the charity stripe and finished 14-of-18.
The Lady Frogs were able to cut the Cougars' lead to one (66-65) after Adrianne Ross made 1-of-2 free throws with 46 seconds to play, but a series of events kept TCU from having an opportunity to take its first lead since leading 11-10 with 12:53 to play in the first.
Following Ross' missed free throw, the Cougars ran the clock down to 17 seconds before Shawnee Slade misfired on a three-pointer that was rebounded by Moneka Knight, who tried to tip toe past defenders on the sideline, but was whistled for stepping out of bounds with 15 seconds to play and BYU leading 66-65.
BYU then made a pair of free throws and smartly fouled Helen Roden and sent her to the line for two free throws with TCU trailing by three. Roden misfired and both shots and the Cougars were able to snag the rebound and the game.
The loss was TCU's third in a row on the road and dropped TCU to 1-5 away from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, where the Lady Frogs are a perfect 12-0 and have won 17 straight.
All five of TCU's road losses have come to teams that have a combined home record of 46-4. Both BYU and Wyoming are perfect at home, while Utah and Maryland has one home loss and Georgia has lost twice.
Individually, Biernacka led the team with 15 points and eight rebounds. Also reaching double figures was Ross with 13 points, and Knight and Butler-Rayford each chipped in with 10.
The 10 points for Knight tied a season high. TCU shot 37.7 percent from the field, while BYU made 41.8 percent of its tries.
BYU was led by Mallary Gillespie, who had 21 points, eight of which came at the line.