TCU Women's Hoops Selects Team Captains for 2003-04
Sept. 8, 2003
FORT WORTH, Texas
TCU women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced his squad's captains for the upcoming 2003-04 campaign Monday. Seniors Ebony Shaw and Tracy Wynn will assume the leadership role for the Purple and White, which opens its slate at home Nov. 21 against Texas State at 7 p.m. A pair of 7 p.m. exhibition match-ups in Cow Town precedes the season opener Nov. 7 and 17.
"Ebony and Tracy have both earned the respect of the coaching staff and their teammates," said Mittie. "During the spring, we felt strongly that with the loss of Tricia Payne we had to find someone that could step up. These were the two that emerged in terms of their playing and their leadership.
"You won't find two better people than Ebony and Tracy. They are excellent role models for our younger players. This is the earliest we have ever named captains, which is a testament to how clear the choice was."
Shaw, who is entering her fourth year with the Lady Frogs, is coming off her most productive season in a purple-clad uniform. The local product finished second on the squad in scoring at a hair under 10 points per game and started 26 of 34 contests. Shaw reached double figures in 19 games and led TCU in scoring in seven ballgames. Noted for her prowess on defense, Shaw was named the team's Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with classmate Tiffany Evans. She looks to become one of three Lady Frogs this season to obtain membership into the prestigious 1,000-point club. Only five TCUers-Janice Dziuk, Jill Sutton, Amy (Sutton) Porter, Leah Garcia and Payne-have accomplished the feat.
"It's an honor to be chosen as a captain," Shaw said. "Being one requires a lot of hard work and sacrifices. You really have to want it and I did because it's my senior year."
Along with classmate Kim Ortega, Wynn transferred to TCU after helping Seward County Community College (Liberal, Kan.) claim the 2002 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship. The Booker, Texas, native was one of only four Lady Frogs to see action in all 34 games last season. She was also the squad's most accurate free throw shooter with a .892 clip (33-of-37). For her collegiate career, Wynn has notched over 1,200 points and collected nearly 750 rebounds.
"I'm excited and honored to be given this opportunity," Wynn remarked. "It's a great feeling to know that my coaches trust me with the job. I have great teammates and this should be a fun year for us."
TCU is coming off its third-straight second-round appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its third 20-win season in a row. The Lady Frogs also claimed the 2003 C-USA Tourney crown in Memphis, Tenn., to mark their third conference title in as many years. TCU will serve as the host for the 2004 Conference USA Tournament March 4-7. The Purple and White returns all but one starter from a year ago and boasts the nation's 10th-best recruiting class in its five freshmen.