Lady Frogs Drop Second Straight at Home
TCU women lose tight contest to North Texas, 63-59
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 29, 2000) -- The TCU Horned Frogs tumbled to metroplex rival North Texas by a final score of 63-59 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Wednesday night. North Texas improved to 4-0 on the season, while TCU slipped to 1-2.
"We knew this was going to be a good game because North Texas is a tough team," TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said. "I thought North Texas was more physical and outhustled us."
The game was tight throughout as neither team gained a double-digit advantage over their opponents at any time. TCU enjoyed a seven-point lead at the midway point of the second half, when forward Janice Thomas scored on a layup at the 10:15 mark. But UNT made a living at the free throw line and crept back into the game, taking the lead for good on a three-pointer by Rosalyn Reades with 1:23 left to play.
Although the Frogs edged the Eagles on the boards (45-44), TCU was outrebounded 5-0 during the final two minutes. Ultimately, UNT iced the game with three offensive rebounds in the final minute of play.
Neither team could find the touch offensively, as the Frogs hit just 30.8 percent of their shots, while the Lady Eagles managed just a 36.2 percent shooting night. The 59 points scored by TCU was the squad's lowest output of the season.
Guard Tricia Payne was the lone Frog to reach double figures, finishing with a game-high 23. Center Karen Clayton and guard Jill Sutton each added nine points. Forward Kati Safaritova, who entered the game averaging 14.5 points per contest, was limited to just four points on 1-of-6 shooting from the floor.
North Texas is now 14-8 all-time against the Horned Frogs. TCU's 1-2 start is the team's slowest since the 1995-96 Frogs opened the season with three consecutive defeats.
The Horned Frogs continue their regular season slate with a game
against Georgia Southern as part of the Cook Children's TCU Hoops
Invitational on Friday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. The second round of the
tournament will be played on Saturday night with the consolation game at
5:00 p.m. and the championship matchup set for 7:00 p.m. The four-team
field also features Texas-Arlington and Texas-Pan American.