Dec. 20, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas -
About Sunday's Game...
The Lady Frogs (3-5) play their final game before the Christmas holidays Sunday afternoon as the Oregon Ducks come to Fort Worth. TCU looks to rebound after a pair of losses to nationally ranked Texas and Oregon last week. Sophomore forward Niki Newton will be Sunday's Spotlight Player. She will sign autographs following the 2:00 p.m. game.
Oregon brings a 4-4 record to Daniel-Meyer following a 88-79 loss on Dec. 15 to Santa Clara (who the Frogs will play on Jan. 6) and a 65-60 win at Montana on Dec. 19. The Ducks won the 2002 WNIT Championship. Head coach Bev Smith, who is in her second year at her alma mater, became one of three first-year Pac-10 coaches to win at least 20 games (others: in 1993-94, USC's Cheryl Miller [26 wins] and Oregon's Jody Runge [20 wins]).
Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld is leading the Ducks with 135 points in eight games, good for a 16.9ppg average. Since the departure of Shaquala Williams, Kraayeveld is the only Oregon player averaging double-digit points. She also paces the team with 11.5 rebounds per game and 19 blocks this season.
Guard Alissa Edwards leads Oregon with 17 steals and 23 assists. Pacing the long-range shot attempts is Kraayeveld who has knocked down 13 of 25 attempts.
About Niki Newton...
* Played in 28 of 31 games during her true freshman season, making one start.
* Averaged 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest during the year.
* Was a candidate for Conference USA All-Freshman Team accolades.
* Scored in double figures on three occasions throughout the campaign.
* Scored in all but one game in which she played during the year.
* Dished out a career-high four assists on two occasions.
* Averaged 7.6 points per game over TCU's first five games.
* Had eight points and three rebounds against NCAA finalist Oklahoma on Nov. 27.
* Earned the first start of her career against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 18.
* Posted a career-high 12 points against Prairie View A&M on Nov. 30.
* Drilled 3-of-4 three-point tries at Air Force on Nov. 24 in just her second collegiate game.
* Drained two crucial free throws to give TCU a last-minute lead in a 60-58 victory over Arkansas on Dec. 29.
* Had a fine NCAA Tournament, averaging 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in games against Indiana and Duke.
* Missed three straight games due to a mild concussion suffered in practice on Jan. 23.
* Was a three-sport standout athlete at Crowley High School.
* Rated as the third-best prep player in the state of Texas in 2001.
* Was an AAU All-American and a BCI All-American.
* Averaged 20.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.0 steals per game.
* Named first team all-state by the TABC three times and to the second team once.
* Named first team all-state by the TGCA as a junior and senior after earning second team honors twice previously.
* Was a first team all-district and all-region selection her four years.
* Chosen to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News all-area teams all four years.
* Named to Who's Who in America.
* Was twice honored by Women's Basketball Magazine as an all-stater and was on the Top 50 list as a junior.
* Played in the TABC and Oil Bowl All-Star Games.
* Named to the AAU Regional all-tournament team.
* Also excelled in volleyball, earning all-state honors each of her four prep seasons.
* Full Name: Nicole Ann Newton
* Parents: Ronny and Dee Newton
* Major: Kinesiology