Dec. 1, 2006
Complete Game Notes
ABOUT THE GAME
It's the battle for the I-30 trophy as SMU (4-1) travels across the Metroplex to face TCU (2-3) at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Friday evening. With the weather dropping dramatically, things will certainly heat up in the DMC as the longest-standing rivalry between the two women's basketball programs gets underway at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcasted live on KTCU 88.7-FM with Jeff Williams and Marcy Girton calling the action. After playing five contests in a matter of nine days, the Lady Frogs have not played a game in six days, but have four important contests awaiting them. After the Mustangs, TCU closes out its six-game home swing with battles against 2006 NCAA Tournament participants Pepperdine (Sunday, Dec. 3) and Florida (Dec. 8) and then against cross-town foe UTA on Dec. 10. The Lady Frogs have won two straight games and are led in scoring by senior guard/forward Ashley Davis (13.2 ppg) and junior guard Adrianne Ross (17.8 ppg). The duo has scored in double figures every game this season and as a pair, Davis and Ross have recorded almost half of TCU's total points this season. Junior forward Lorie Butler-Rayford is averaging a team-best 9.0 boards per game to lead the Lady Frogs.
SMU enters Friday's contest with a 4-1 record with victories over UTSA, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Bradley. After opening the 2006-07 campaign with four straight wins, SMU fell to UWM in the championship title game of the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic Saturday night. The Mustangs are led by junior forward Janelle Dodds who is averaging 16.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Freshman forward Delissa Willis - a local product out of Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas - is recording 11.2 points and 8.6 boards per game.
TCU - SMU SERIES
The game on Friday will mark the 51st meeting between the Lady Frogs and Mustangs, with SMU holding the all-time advantage, 38-12. The series began almost 30 years ago (1976-77). During the Jeff Mittie era at TCU, the Lady Frogs are 5-3 against the Mustangs. TCU has won its last four games against SMU, including last year's 79-68 victory at Moody Coliseum. Lorie Butler-Rayford led all Lady Frogs with 17 points in that game.
TCU BY THE NUMBERS
Senior guard/forward Ashley Davis has made a 3-pointer in a league-best 15-straight games. She has 168 career treys, which is ranked second in TCU history. With 14 total treys on the season, she is slightly ahead of where she was last year. Through the first five games of 2005-06, Davis recorded 10 3-pointers.
Ashley Davis and Adrianne Ross have scored in double-figures every game this season. Perhaps the most astounding statistic in Davis' and Ross' numbers is the fact that they are shooting .390 and .443, respectively, from the field. Also, Davis is making 41.2 of her shots from beyond the arc and Ross has a 34.8 3-point percentage.
Davis had her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 boards against Houston.
Lorie Butler-Rayford is an all-around explosive player. She has two double-doubles on the season and has nine in her career. In fact, she has the most of any active player in the MWC.
Junior guard Adrianne Ross leads TCU in three categories: points (17.8 ppg), assists (tied with Helen Roden at 3.2 apg) and steals (2.4 spg). In addition, she has led TCU in scoring in 4-of-5 contests. Ross has matched her career-high 24 points twice this season.
The top-four scorers in the MWC represent the four different classes. Colorado State freshman Kelly Jo Mullaney leads the MWC in scoring, averaging 19.4 ppg. TCU junior Adrianne Ross is second with 17.8 ppg, followed by Utah sophomore Morgan Warburton (16.6 ppg). Colorado State senior Molly Nohr rounds out the top four, averaging 16.4 ppg.
Freshman Danielle Nunn has come on strong for the Lady Frogs through the first five games of the season. She is averaging a team-third-best 9.0 points per game and shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field. Nunn is second on the squad with 2.0 steals and averaging almost 21 minutes of playing time per outing. In the league, she ranks fourth in shooting percentage and 22nd overall in scoring.
TCU has five players ranked in the top of the league in scoring average: Adrianne Ross (2nd), Ashley Davis (12th), Danielle Nunn (22nd), Lorie Butler-Rayford (23rd) and Helen Roden (29th).