TCU dominates Dogs as part of record setting day
Feb. 22, 2008
MANSFIELD, Texas- Just five days after TCU lost to Fresno State in the championship game in the Best of the West tournament, the Horned Frogs (4-7) exacted their revenge on the Bulldogs (2-2) defeating them 10-5 in a game lasting almost eight hours.
Several records were set or matched for the Frogs including tying their largest point total for a single game, 10 equaling their total against Georgia on Sept. 23. Also TCU's five point margin was the largest in school history, passing its previous best of four in an 8-4 win over Delaware State on Oct. 27 at the Baylor Fall Tournament.
Individually Kindel Huffman earned MVP honors in the Equitation over Fences event with a score of 78. With the honor, Huffman is now the first Frog to earn an MVP in all four events in the same season. With the award, Huffman now has seven totals MVPs this season, also a program best.
The onslaught was set from the beginning as TCU won the Western 7-1, to improve their Western record to a nation's best 10-0. Jessica Bailey, making her first appearance for the Frogs since October, earned MVP honors in the Horsemanship with a score of 74. It marked the second time this season Bailey has received the award.
With the 7-1 victory it marked the largest average margin of victory for the Western team as well. Up to this point, the largest margin of victory was two, set multiple times with the last being against Tennessee-Martin last Saturday at the Best of the West tournament.
The Western team had splits of 3-1 and 4-0 in the Horsemanship and Reining respectively. Freshman Ashton Mickunas won for the second straight time defeating Jillian Tebbe 70-67.5 in the Reining. Another freshman who had an impressive performance was Ashley Aikman. Aikman won her match 73-72 for her third straight victory in Horsemanship.
After the Western events, the team watched the time go by as it waited three hours between divisions en-route to setting a new record for longest game time. Fresno State's Hunt Seat team ran into travel difficulties after playing a morning match against TCU's cross-town rival SMU. The total time for the game after its completion was 7 hours and 30 minutes.
The Hunt Seat team held its own against a Fresno State team that is thought to be in the top-five-tier in the nation. The Frogs fell 4-3, but showed much sign of improvement from just a week ago.
"I really want to emphasize the job done by our Hunt Seat team," Head Coach Gary Reynolds said. "They went up against a very good Fresno State team and held their own. They're really starting to come together."
The Frogs have two weeks off before welcoming in Baylor on March 8. TCU will be looking to make up for their 8-4 loss to Baylor earlier in the season.