Feb. 11, 2004
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LADY FROGS' GAME #23:
#22 TCU (18-4, 7-2) at East Carolina (14-8, 5-4)
Feb. 13, 2004 * Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum * 6 p.m. CST
#45 Tracy Wynn, 6-2, Sr., F, 7.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#50 Sandora Irvin, 6-3, Jr., F, 15.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg
#30 Ebony Shaw, 5-10, Sr., G, 11.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg
#12 Kim Ortega, 5-8, Sr., G, 6.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
#11 Natasha Lacy, 5-10, Fr., G, 5.9 ppg, 4.5 apg
#42 Shanita Sutton, 6-2, Jr., F, 3.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg
#25 Courtney Willis, 6-2, Sr., F, 18.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg
#33 Jennifer Jackson, 5-9, Jr., G/F, 14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg
#4 Tamekia Powell, 5-7, Fr., G, 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg
#3 Viola Cooper, 5-8, Jr., G, 8.0 ppg, 3.1 apg
ABOUT THE CONTEST
The No. 22 TCU Lady Frogs enter Friday night's contest in Greenville, N.C., against East Carolina on the heels of two lopsided Conference USA victories. TCU (18-4, 7-2 C-USA) defeated Tulane by 32, 76-44, in its first game and then used a similar formula to down Southern Miss by almost the same score, 76-45. The Lady Pirates (14-8, 5-4 C-USA) dropped an 84-81 decision at Saint Louis last Friday in overtime and then fell by 19 in Memphis to the Lady Tigers, 79-60. TCU and ECU have met only three times prior to Friday night's contest. The two teams first butted heads in Greenville Jan. 27, 2002, and TCU recorded a 58-42 triumph. The Purple and White beat East Carolina 85-46 Jan. 24, 2003, in its largest margin of victory in a C-USA game. The Lady Frogs also dispatched of ECU in the first round of last year's conference tournament, 54-44. The Lady Pirates are led in scoring by senior forward Courtney Willis' 18 points per game. She is also the squad's top rebounder with 9.5 boards per game. Junior guard/foward Jennifer Jackson is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 and 6.5 per outing. Junior guard Viola Cooper contributes eight points and dishes out over three assists.
TCU'S LAST TIME OUT
The No. 18/19 TCU Lady Frogs dismantled Southern Miss Sunday afternoon, 76-45, in a game that was almost a carbon copy of their 76-44 victory Friday versus Tulane. Ortega finished as the Lady Frogs' leading scorer with a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Three of her makes were from behind the arc. Ortega also grabbed four rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals. Irvin notched her fifth-straight and 13th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Shaw added 12 and had six caroms. Ross also reached double figures with 11 after sitting out the entire first half. Ross also snagged a career-best five rebounds and a tied a career-high with five steals. Natasha Lacy turned in an impressive performance with nine points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals as the starting point guard. By appearing in the game, Shaw became TCU's all-time career leader in games played with 120. She surpassed Jill Sutton's standard of 119 set from 1997-2001. Shaw is the only Lady Frog to play and start all 22 games this season. She has 79 starts for her career. Poindexter was the only Golden Eagle to score in double digits with 17 on 7-of-17 shooting.
LAST TIME THEY MET
TCU and East Carolina last met in the first round of the 2003 Conference USA Tournament March 6. The Lady Frogs were the No. 5 seed and ECU was the 12th team to make the 12-team tourney. TCU won the low scoring affair, 54-44, and would go on to win three straight games to take the crown and earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. TCU shot only 35.6 percent from the floor, but ECU was a mere 26.7 percent. Sandora Irvin was the lone Lady Frog in double figures with 10 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a couple of shots. Grace Gantt tallied nine off the bench and Candace Baldwin and Tricia Payne each added eight. Tali Robich from ECU led all scorers with 13 on 5-of-11 shooting. Jennifer Jackson fell one point short of a double-double with 14 rebounds.