Nevada Halts TCU's Winning Streak at 11
Frogs suffer first WAC loss 71-63; Still lead conference by one game
RENO, Nevada (February 16, 2001)--The TCU Lady Frogs suffered their first conference defeat and inaugural loss of the 2001 calendar year at the hands of the Nevada Wolf Pack, 71-63, in Reno, Nevada. The loss dropped TCU to 18-5 on the season and 10-1 in the WAC.
The teams engaged in a thrilling first half, as a total of 84 points were scored. TCU led by just four points, 44-40, at the break despite shooting 61.5 percent from the field, including 7-of-8 (87.5) from three-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
TCU led by as many as nine in the first half, but the Frogs were unable to pull away from Nevada, who dragged down nine offensive rebounds and shot 15-of-34 (44.1 percent).
The Frogs nailed each of their first seven opportunities from three-point range, with Amy Porter netting three of the Frog treys. Kati Safaritova scored nine consecutive points in the latter stages of the stanza for the Frogs and led all scorers with 15 first-half points.
The second half was a different ballgame. The two teams, who combined to score 63 points in the first 13 minutes of the first half, tallied just 27 points over the same amount of time in the second half. In addition, the Frogs were 0-for-12 from behind the arc in the second half.
TCU led 58-51 at the 10:00 minute mark, but scored just five points the rest of the way. Nevada took their first lead of the game, 62-59, at the 4:49 mark of the game as Kate Smith completed a conventional three-point play. In all, the Pack scored 20 of the game's final 25 points to pull away for the victory.
Nevada is now 10-2 at home this season, while TCU is 7-2 away from Fort Worth. The loss snapped TCU's winning streak at a school-best 11 games. The Frogs were outrebounded 41-27 on the evening.
Nevada was the first opponent in 12 games to reach the 70-point plateau against the Frogs, and just the fourth this season. TCU is now 0-4 when allowing an opponent to score 70 points. Nevada also became the fourth team to shoot at least 40 percent from the floor against the nationally-ranked TCU defense.
While TCU fell to 18-5, Nevada moved to 13-11 overall and 6-6 in conference. Three Frogs reached double-figures, led by Safaritova's 17. Porter added 13 points and Tiffany Evans put in 11 points.
TCU completes its three-game WAC road trip with games at Fresno
State on Sunday, Feb. 18 and at UTEP on Thursday, Feb 21. The Frogs final
three regular-season games are at home, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 25.