Second Half Slump Dooms Golden Hurricane; Falls to TCU, 71-54
Jan. 23, 2001
Fort Worth - TCU senior Jill Sutton drained six three-point baskets en route to a game-high 20 points to lead the Horned Frogs to a 71-54 Western Athletic Conference victory over Tulsa at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in front of 1,288 in Fort Worth, Texas.
TU freshman Kim Chiconas came off the bench to record a team-high and carer-best 12 points, hitting 5-of-6 field goals and 2-of-3 free throws. Junior Leela Farr collected a team-best eight rebounds and chipped in eight points. Classmate Carla Morrow dished-out five assists and also added eight points. The Hurricane falls to 4-12 overall and 1-4 in WAC play.
TCU (14-4, 6-0 WAC) had four players finish in double figures. Senior Janice Thomas scored 15 points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Freshman Tiffany Evans and junior Kati Safaritova added 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Horned Frogs finished with 10 three-pointers and outrebounded the Hurricane, 40-32.
Tulsa battled toe-to-toe with the WAC's top team in the first half. TU shot 50 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc and led for most of the opening period. The Hurricane began the contest with a quick 8-2 advantage with less than four minutes gone bye. After the Horned Frogs tied the game at 12-12, Morrow nailed a short jumper and senior Athena Pirpich buried a three-pointer to help Tulsa grab a five-point lead. The teams then traded baskets before Sutton connected on her third trey of the first half with :06 left before halftime and TCU led Tulsa, 34-32, at the intermission.
TCU put the game away early in the second half with a 14-2 run in the first 7:21. With a 50-34 lead, the Horned Frogs continued to score at will. TCU increased its lead to 25 points with 4:13 left in the game, but TU scored eight unanswered points in the final minutes to bring the final deficit to under 20 points.
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