Lady Frogs Hang Tough But Fall To No. 2 Tennessee 83-61
TCU women set new coliseum attendance record with overflow crowd of 7,262
FORT WORTH, Texas (November 27, 2000)--The TCU Horned Frogs played the second-ranked Tennessee Lady Volunteers to an 83-61 game in front of an arena record crowd of 7,262 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The previous DMC record for attendance at a women's game was 4,380, while the all-time arena record was 7,260 set by the TCU men's basketball team in 1983 against Houston.
"It was a great atmosphere," TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said. "It's what we envisioned when we scheduled this game a year ago. But we're not satisfied with getting beat. We got tentative in the second half. We've got to execute better, sustain our play longer and finish plays."
The spirited Frogs (1-1) held strong in the early going, mustering a 9-8 lead at the 16:04 mark on a jump shot by freshman forward Tiffany Evans. Evans, the Frogs first substitute off the bench, showed no signs of freshman jitters,as she put back an offensive rebound that gave TCU a 13-11 lead just two minutes later. The Frogs built their biggest advantage of the game, 22-18, at the 8:54 mark of the first half on a three-point bomb from the deep left corner by junior guard Tricia Payne.
However, Tennessee (4-0) scored 21 of the game's next 24 points to open up a 14-point lead on the Frogs. Tennessee wound up with a 43-32 advantage at the intermission. The Lady Vols were tough on the glass in the stanza, outrebounding TCU 28-14, including 13 to six on the offensive boards.
TCU, fresh out of the locker room, continued to battle in the second half and trailed by just seven at 52-45 on a three-pointer by senior forward Janice Thomas with 14:29 remaining. But the battled-tested Vols staved off the Frogs uprising, mounting a 16-3 run that padded the lead to 20 at the 7:38 mark. The remainder of the half was relatively even, which accounted for the final margin of 22 points.
"If they (TCU) play everyone on their schedule the way they played us, they'll have a tremendous season" Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt said. "We came out and knew what we needed to do."
Each team struggled shooting from the floor, as the Frogs shot just 31.8 percent for the game, while the Lady Vols connected on 38.6 percent of their shots. TCU was 8-of-24 from the three-point line and Tennessee went 6-for-17.
TCU had three players enter double figures led by Payne's 13. Junior forward Kati Safaritova and senior guard Amy Porter accounted for 10 points apiece. Evans popped in six points and tied with Thomas for the team lead with nine rebounds.
The Horned Frogs continue their regular season slate with home game on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. against North Texas before playing in 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 beginning at 5:00 p.m. The four-team field features TCU, Texas-Arlington, Texas-Pan American and Georgia Southern.