No. 19 TCU Edges Memphis 78-75 In Conference USA Women's Basketball Action
Jan. 11, 2004
Memphis, Tenn.-- - No. 19 TCU took a hard fought 78-75 victory over a feisty University of Memphis women's basketball team in Conference USA action Sunday afternoon at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The Horned Frogs prevailed as Tamika Butler's three-pointer at the buzzer was waved off giving TCU (12-2, 2-0 C-USA) its second-straight league win on the road.
Memphis reserve Jordie Soso had her third career double-double scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the loss. Jennifer Sullivan added a career-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field as it was the first time since 1998 that two Lady Tigers scored more than 20 points in a game.
Despite career-high efforts by Soso and Sullivan, the TCU bench was the difference as reserves Amy Pack and Adrianne Ross combined for 43 points as the Horned Frogs' subs outscored the Lady Tigers' 55-29 in the second straight three-point loss for Memphis (10-4, 0-2 C-USA). Pack had 15 of her 22 points in the first half as Memphis threatened to pull away.
The Lady Tigers took their largest lead of the game at 27-20 with a 7-0 run midway through the first half, but TCU countered with a quick 12-2 to get right back in the game. The teams traded baskets down the stretch as Memphis grabbed a 41-40 halftime lead after a strong showing from the free throw line.
Memphis sank 17-of-18 free throws for a 94 percent clip in the opening half, but cooled off from the line in the second half converting just 6-of-12 attempts. The misses cost Memphis in the end as TCU took advantage extending its lead to 73-64 with 3:35 remaining.
The Lady Tigers regained their composure though and pulled within a point at 76-75 on a lay up by Sullivan with just 30 seconds to play. Soso quickly forced a TCU turnover on a jump ball giving Memphis a chance to take the lead, but Victoria Crawford's driving layup attempt was blocked by TCU center Sandora Irvin forcing Memphis to foul with eight seconds remaining.
Ebony Shaw pushed the lead back to three as she hit two free throws. On the Lady Tigers' last possession, Soso found Butler open on the perimeter after rebounding a three-point miss by Devin Necaise, but point guard's attempt came a second to late.
TCU went 9-for-10 from the free throw stripe in the second half and made 17-of-21 for the game. Both teams were careless with the ball turning it over a combined 57 times. TCU scored 33 points off 30 Memphis turnovers, while the Lady Tigers turned 27 Horned Frog miscues into 28 points.
Memphis hits the road for the first time in conference play this upcoming weekend traveling to Cincinnati on Friday, Jan. 16 and Louisville on Sunday, Jan. 18.