Feb. 25, 2004
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LADY FROGS' GAME #27:
#13/15 TCU (22-4, 11-2) vs. #17/14 Houston (23-3, 12-1)
Feb. 27, 2004 * Hofheinz Pavilion * 7 p.m. CST
#45 Tracy Wynn, 6-2, Sr., F, 7.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#50 Sandora Irvin, 6-3, Jr., F, 15.7 ppg, 11.8 rpg
#30 Ebony Shaw, 5-10, Sr., G, 11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#12 Kim Ortega, 5-8, Sr., G, 8.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg
#11 Natasha Lacy, 5-10, Fr., G, 6.8 ppg, 5.0 apg
#21 Sancho Lyttle, 6-4, Jr. F/C, 16.4, 9.6 rpg
#44 Nicole Oliver, 5-10, Sr., G/F, 5.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
#45 Kiemona Harris, 6-5, Jr., C, 3.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#13 Chandi Jones, 5-10, Sr., G/F, 21.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg
#20 Joann Overstreet, 5-5, Jr, G, 8.8 ppg, 4.4 apg
Friday night's contest will be shown locally in Houston Saturday at 2 p.m. on PBS Channel 8. The play-by-play will be given by Cory Provus and the color analyst is Lisa Malosky.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Friday night's game between No. 13/15 TCU and No. 17/14 Houston will determine if there will be co-champions for the Conference USA regular season crown or an outright champ. The Lady Frogs (22-4 overall) are 11-2 in the league, with one of their losses coming to the Lady Cougars earlier this year. Houston (23-3 overall) is 12-1 and assured at least a share of the regular season championship. Should TCU win, it would not only get a piece of the title but also the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which it will host over March 4-7 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Lady Frogs went 12-2 at home this season. The Purple and White defeated Marquette, 56-47, and then-No. 12/11 DePaul, 73-53, last week and Houston was victorious against both squads as well to set up the marquee game of the regular season for the Lady Frogs and Lady Cougars. UH is led by All-American and two-time C-USA Player of the Year Chandi Jones. She averages 21.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Junior transfer Sancho Lyttle is Houston's other major threat with 16.4 points per outing and 9.6 boards.
TCU'S LAST TIME OUT
The No. 17/19 TCU Lady Frogs defeated the second highest ranked team in school history Sunday afternoon by crushing No. 12/11 DePaul by 20, 73-53, in front of 4,155 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU defeated then-No. 9/8 Vanderbilt last season for its first victory ever against a top-10 squad. Irvin finished with her ninth double-double in a row coming on 19 points and 11 rebounds. She also denied six shots and had five steals in 27 minutes. Lacy once again came close to a triple-double with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. She needs six more helpers to break the school's single-season record of 135 held by Andrea Boris. Ortega tossed in a dozen and Evans had 10 points off the bench. The Purple and White finished 28-of-65 from the floor for a 43.1 percent clip. DePaul shot below 30 percent, making 18-of-62 shots (.290). The Lady Frogs won the rebounding battle, 45-40, and had 14 steals to the Blue Demons' eight. TCU dominated down low, holding a 42-24 edge in points in the paint. The Lady Frogs converted 21 DePaul turnovers into 22 points, while DPU had 15 off of TCU's 19. TCU had five more fast break points than DePaul with 12 and outscored its bench 21-4.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Despite a six-point lead with 6:35 to go in the game, the No. 18/17 TCU Lady Frogs could not hold off a late comeback from No. NR/25 Houston to fall 61-59 in Fort Worth Jan. 18, 2004. The Lady Frogs pounced on Houston in the first half and led from the beginning. With 7:48 showing on the clock, TCU went up by double digits, 22-12, after Tiffany Evans tipped in her own missed shot. The lead became as much as 11 on a couple of occasions, the last of which came at the 3:10 mark when Niki Newton drove baseline and laid the ball off the glass to put the Purple and White up 32-21. TCU went into the intermission with a 37-29 advantage. TCU led by six with 6:35 remaining in the contest and continued to lead by six, 57-51, with just under five minutes left. Chandi Jones went on to hit a three and a jumper to close the gap to one with 3:17 to play, but a pair of free throws by Natasha Lacy put the Lady Frogs back on top by three 23 seconds later. After Sancho Lyttle scored a layup with under two minutes to go, Jones hit a jumper to give Houston a 60-59 lead with 29 seconds on the clock. The Lady Frogs called a 30-second timeout following Jones' bucket and after driving the ball up the court, Ebony Shaw put up shot that was off the mark, but Evans came up with the board. After another turnover by TCU, Sandora Irvin came up with a missed shot and was tied up by Amanda Barksdale and the possession arrow belonged to Houston. On the inbound, Lyttle lobbed the ball toward Jones at halfcourt and Amy Pack came up with the steal and was fouled by Jones. With a 1-and-1 at the line, Pack's first attempt hit the back of the iron and Jones came up with the rebound and was fouled with less than three seconds left. After making her first attempt, Jones missed on the second, but the ball bounced around and the Lady Frogs never managed to a get a shot off.