On Sunday afternoon, February 17, the Lady Frogs of TCU in Fort Worth met with the Lobos of New Mexico at the Daniel Meyer Coluseum, shown below. It was an extremely hard-fought game... with both teams going all-out ! This was the third from the last home game for our Lady Frogs, and they knew they were in for a battle from the start !
The Lady Frogs of TCU had a sluggish start. Going scoreless in the first nearly eight minutes, our killer Lady Frogs fell behind 11-0... and remained behind throughout the first half. But... our Fearless Lady Frogs showed what they were made of, and clamped down hard on defense... as shown below. Adrianne Ross, who made her 100th career start for TCU, scored eight points, and had four assists, which tied for the team lead.
TCU regrouped well enough to end the first half only down by six points... 24 - 18. Over an eight minute span covering the end of the first half and the start of the second, Our Lady Frogs went on a 19-0 run. They scored seven straight points to end the half, and opened the second half with a 12-0 run. When the second half started, everyone was wondering what would happen. But... the Lady Frogs came out on fire... playing like women possessed !
Playing almost the entire game, Helena Sverrisdottir piled up a total of 24 points in the 38 minutes she played. Lorie Butler-Rayford pulled out an incredible double-double with 12 points and 11 hard-fought rebounds. Without Lorie's efforts, our Lady Frogs would have been in deep trouble.
The Lady Frogs took the lead near the end of regulation, but New Mexico came back hard, and the second half ended with the score tied at 46-46 apiece. This was to be the Lady Frogs first overtime game of the season, and the crowd at Daniel Meyer Colusium knew it would not be easy... both teams had played their hearts out !
In overtime our Lady Frogs came out "pumped." They had five minutes of overtime to play, and knew if they were going to win... now was the time. Lorie Butler-Rayford helped send the game into overtime by scoring the final points in regulation. Lorie scored six points in the overtime frame, also pulled down three rebounds in OT, two of them extremely important offensie boards.
TCU went on to outscore New Mexico 13-5 in the overtime period, and won going away... 59-51. Helena Sverrisdottir, who scored 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting, was named Star of the Game, and was interviewed by MTN... Mountain Television Network, which fed the broadcast back to New Mexico's home town fans.