TCU Bombards Wichita State with School Record 15 Treys
Lady Frogs snap WSU's 13-game home winning streak, 78-68
WICHITA, Kansas (December 5, 2000) -- The TCU Horned Frogs were dynamite from beyond the arc, hitting 15-of-23 three-pointers en route to a 78-68 road victory over the Wichita State Shockers. The Frogs win snapped the Shockers' 13-game winning streak at Levitt Arena, which was the ninth-longest home streak in the nation.
The Frogs were led by guard Jill Sutton, who buried 6-of-8 from three-point range and finished with a team-high 20 points. But Sutton was not the only one who had the touch from the outside, as a school-best eight players joined in on the long-range binge. The 15 three-pointers made by one team in a single game ranks just three behind the all-time record of 18.
In addition to the 65.2 percentage from downtown, TCU (4-2) shot a season-high 58.3 percent (28-for-48) from the floor, nearly 20 points higher than the squad's season average entering the contest (39.0).
The game was a see-saw battle for much of the first half, but TCU took control in the final minutes and had a 10-point bulge at the 1:21 mark on consecutive three-pointers, two by Sutton and one by junior forward Quinn Tedder. The Frogs carried an eight-point advantage into the locker room aided by nine three-pointers in just 14 attempts.
TCU was able to maintain a comfortable cushion, as the team had an answer for every Shocker charge. Wichita State whittled the lead down to seven on two occasions, but the Frogs held strong, and even padded the lead to 16 with 2:53 left in the game.
Junior forward Kati Safaritova, who was whistled for two fouls in the game's first five minutes, was blanked in the first half, but broke loose for 14 points in the second stanza to finish second on the team in scoring. Freshman guard Ebony Shaw added 12 points off the bench in just 12 minutes of play.
TCU's defense limited its sixth straight opponent to under 40 percent shooting, as Wichita State (2-2), a WNIT participant each of the past two seasons, shot just 35.5 percent from the floor.
Tricia Payne, TCU's leading scorer on the year, was held to a season-low three points, but dished out a team-best six assists, just one shy of her career best. Safaritova topped the club with six rebounds as the Frogs edged the Shockers' 33-32 on the glass.
TCU, who just completed its fifth game in eight days now enjoys a
12-day layoff from games as the student-athletes close out the school
semester with finals week. The Frogs are in action next on Sunday,
December 17 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 2:00 p.m. home game against
Stephen F. Austin.