Aztec Women's Basketball's Win Streak Ends With 75-54 Loss To TCU
Feb. 9, 2008
SAN DIEGO - Visiting TCU outscored the San Diego State women's basketball team 50-23 in the second half to erase a six-point halftime deficit, as SDSU saw its four-game conference win streak come to an end with a 75-54 loss to the Lady Frogs Saturday afternoon at Cox Arena. The Aztecs fell for the first time this season when holding an advantage at the half, dropping to 13-8 overall and 4-5 in league play, while TCU improved to 14-9 and 7-2 in conference action, sweeping the two-game season series between the two schools.
"We had a little bit of foul trouble, but I still think we could have competed in the game if we could have kept them off the offensive glass and kept them out of the paint," Aztec head coach Beth Burns said. "I thought we were fortunate at halftime (to have a lead), but they showed why have been to seven straight NCAAs tournaments. They didn't have a great first half, but they were able to come back (strong) in the second."
San Diego State got a game-high 19 points from sophomore guard Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.). Fourteen of Morris' 19 points came in the first half, as the third-leading scorer in MWC play recorded her fifth straight game in double-figures. She was helped offensively by freshman Paris Johnson's (San Diego, Calif.) 10 points, while sophomore Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) added nine, but was limited to only 16 minutes of action due to foul trouble. Sophomore LaSandra Dixon (Azusa, Calif.) came off the bench to contribute a career-high five rebounds and three assists, while Morris also added three assists and three steals in 36 minutes.
TCU got out to the early 6-0 advantage until SDSU notched its first points of the afternoon on a Morris jumper at the 17:34 mark. The Lady Frogs increased their lead to as many as eight points on three occasions, but a Dixon free throw sparked a 7-0 Aztec run to close to within a point at 18-17.
The scored was tied at 19 and 21 points, before the Aztecs went into the locker room on a 10-4 run, highlighted by a pair of Morris 3-pointers, as SDSU led by six at 31-25.
Coming out of the break, the two sides traded points, but TCU followed that up with a pair of lay-ups and a free throw to get back to within one at 33-32. SDSU responded to the Lady Frog flurry with two layups of its own by Davis and senior Shannon Clay (Inglewood, Calif.). A three-pointer and then a lay-up off a steal started a 12-0 TCU scoring run, as the visitors led by seven at 44-37 with just over 11 minutes remaining.
The Aztecs got to within five points less than a minute later, but that would be as close as they would get as TCU got back-to-back triples from Helena Sverrisdottir and never looked back, winning by 21 points, 75-54.
TCU shot over 58 percent from the field and made four of its seven attempts from beyond the arc in the second half, while knocking down 22 of 28 chances at the stripe for the game.
SDSU held reigning conference player of the year Adrianne Ross scoreless for the first 29 minutes of the game, before she could manage her first points from the free-throw line with 11:03 left in the second half. Ross was the only TCU starter to not score in double figures, as Sverrisdottir had a team-best 15 points in the victory.
The Aztecs continue the second round of MWC action next Wednesday when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., to take on the Lobos at 7 p.m. MT at The Pit.