Top-Seeded TCU Drops San Jose State 74-53
Frogs advance to semifinals of WAC Tournament
TULSA, Okla. (March 7, 2001)--The top-seeded TCU Lady Frogs coasted into the semifinal round of the 2001 WAC Tournament by knocking out ninth-seeded San Jose State by a 74-53 final on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, TCU improved its overall record to 22-7.
"I thought we had a pretty solid effort," head coach Jeff Mittie said. "Defensively, it was one of our better efforts of the last two weeks. We also shot the ball extremely well from the perimeter. We had good balance and were able to rest our starters. It's a good way to start the tournament."
TCU caught fire from three-point range early on, drilling five consecutive threes. Meanwhile, the Spartans, who defeated UTEP 66-55 in Tuesday's play-in game, managed just 11 points in the first 15 minutes. As a result, TCU led 32-11 with 5:40 remaining.
The Frogs led 39-21 at halftime by allowing San Jose to shoot just 28.0 percent (7-for-25) from the floor. TCU made 42.9 percent of its shots in the opening stanza.
TCU led by as many as 29 points (69-40) in the second half en route to the victory. In the win, the Frogs established a school record for three-pointers made in a postseason game with 12. The mark also tied the all-time WAC Tournament record which was set by Colorado State in 1998.
As usual, TCU was well-balanced offensively, as no player score more than 10 points. Seven players had between eight and 10 points. Janice Thomas notched 10 points and seven rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Amy Porter also had 10 points and is just three points shy of third place on TCU's all-time scoring list with 1,149 points.
The Frogs improved to 8-0 in afternoon contests this season and 9-3 in games outside of Fort Worth. TCU is now 17-2 when scoring at least 70 points.
The Frogs will play the winner of No. 4 Nevada and No. 5
noon on Friday, March 9. The winner of the conference tourney
automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will be played later