Lady Frogs Bounce Back With Opening-Round Win
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 1)-The TCU Horned Frogs improved to 2-2 on the season with a satisfying 71-60 win over Georgia Southern on Friday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The win hoists the Frogs into the championship game of the Cook Children's TCU Hoops Invitational against crosstown rival Texas-Arlington.
"We found a way to win tonight," TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said. "Our offense will come around. We're fighting through a lot right now. Tonight we continued to hang in there. I think it was a critical game for us to find some confidence. We're feeling a collective sigh of relief from everybody."
Guard Tricia Payne led the Frogs in scoring for the third consecutive game. She tallied 17 points, earning a dozen of them on a perfect 12-for-12 night from the free throw line. TCU's all-time leading free throw shooter narrowly missed a double-double as well, as she tied a career high with nine rebounds.
TCU's defense limited its fourth straight opponent to a dismal shooting percentage as the Lady Eagles shot just 33.9 percent from the floor. On the season, opposing teams are shooting just 36.1 percent against the Lady Frogs.
Offensively, the Frogs struggled from the outside, nailing just 3-of-16 three-point shots, but TCU dominated the interior. The Frogs won the war on the boards 46-30 on the night, and held a 29-13 advantage in the first half alone. Aided by the large rebound margin, TCU took a 40-26 lead into intermission.
Guard Jill Sutton chipped in with 10 points and added two three-pointers to her school-record total. Forwards Janice Thomas and Tiffany Evans each secured eight rebounds apiece, just one shy of Payne's team-leading total.
Texas-Arlington defeated Texas-Pan American 60-59 in today's first semifinal game and will face the host school TCU in Saturday night's 7:00 p.m. finale. TCU will look to collect the tournament's first-place hardware and avenge last year's 73-67 loss to Arkansas State in the championship game. Tomorrow's consolation match will feature Texas-Pan American and Georgia Southern and will tip off at 5:00 p.m.
IN OTHER LADY FROG NEWS:
TCU women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie also announced today that
sophomore center Kim Walter has left the team. The 6-0 player from
Richardson, Texas, played in three games for the Frogs this season,
starting one time. Walter was averaging3.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16.3
minutes per game this season. In her freshman campiagn she scored 7.5
points and hauled in 5.1 rebounds per game. The Frogs have 13 players on
their active roster.