bad shots hurt Lady Frogs
By Chad Murray
Sloppy play and poor execution were the theme of the
night for the womens basketball team, as the Lady
Frogs lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Despite leading through the majority of the contest,
26 turnovers and 36 percent shooting hamstringed the
team and allowed the Phoenix to crawl back late and
I feel like we gave (the game) away all night,
head coach Jeff Mittie said. We just got off to
a great start and I think we felt things were going
to be easy all night.
For the first few minutes, it seemed as if the Lady
Frogs were going to run away with the game.
TCU jumped out to a quick 16-0 lead in the first four
minutes behind hot shooting. Senior forward Grace Gantt
added five of those points as the Lady Frogs shot 6-for-7
during the run.
The Phoenix battled back however and chipped at the
The Lady Frogs sent Wisconsin-Green Bay to the line
10 times in the first half, in which they converted
eight. The Phoenix also forced 13 first-half turnovers
as the Lady Frogs went into halftime with a 29-27 lead.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the second
half, but the Lady Frogs still maintained a 55-45 lead
with 5:25 remaining.
TCU could not close the game down the stretch though,
and a 12-0 run gave the Phoenix their first lead, 57-55,
with 1:38 left.
The Phoenix answered TCUs go-ahead basket with
a three and the Lady Frogs couldnt convert again,
losing by two.
Our shots just werent falling, senior
guard Candace Baldwin said. We were getting good
looks but they just werent falling.
Mittie did not agree with his players statement.
I think we got awful looks down the stretch,
The game saw the return of senior forward Tricia Payne,
in her first game since March 17, 2001, in the second
round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 2000-01 Team MVP, who has been battling to return
to the court since her torn ACL, scored two points in
It was good and it was fun, Payne said with
tears in her eyes. I just wish I could contribute
The Lady Frogs will look to break their two-game losing
streak against rival SMU Thursday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
guard Ashley Browning and the Lady Frogs turned
the ball over 26 times in a 60-58 loss to Wisconsin-Green