Horned Frogs Dominate San Diego State Saturday, 58-39

Feb. 4, 2012

Box Score

FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU simply suffocated San Diego State on the defensive end of the court Saturday afternoon, which helped them cruise past the Aztecs in dominating fashion at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 58-39.

For the entire day, the Horned Frogs’ relentless and scrappy defense hounded the Aztecs into bad shots, which resulted in SDSU shooting a season low 23.4 percent from the field on 15-of-64 shooting. When it was all said-and-done, the Frogs, who drilled San Diego State off the bench to the tune of a 30-11 advantage in bench points, held the Aztecs to a 0-for-17 shooting night from three-point land, which are the most three-pointers attempted without a make for an opponent against a Jeff Mittie led squad. 

With the win, TCU, who shot 90 percent from the charity stripe in the second half and went 20-of-24 overall from the line, improved to 12-11 on the season and 5-3 in the Mountain West. San Diego State fell to 17-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. In all, the Aztecs, who are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25, came into the game on a 13-game winning streak, which ranked as the fifth longest in the nation heading into today’s contest. They left Daniel-Meyer Coliseum suffering not only their first loss in league play, but also their first since falling to San Diego on Dec. 8.

TCU, who trailed by two at the half, simply put the clamps down on the Aztecs in the second period of play, limiting SDSU to 22.9 percent from the field. On the other end of the court, the Purple and White came out of intermission firing on all cylinders, jumping all over the Aztecs on a 11-4 run to start the half. In all, the Frogs put the game out of reach on a 21-5 run, which started at the 14:16 mark of the second frame. TCU’s defense during that stretch was just as stifling as they limited SDSU without a bucket from the field for over 9 minutes of action. In all, facing relentless pressure, the Aztecs went 2-for-21 from the floor during that time, which helped the Frogs record their ninth-straight victory at home over SDSU.

Sophomore Briesha Wynn had a breakout game Saturday, scoring a new career-high of 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, which are also new career-highs. Natalie Ventress and Latricia Lovings tallied nine points apiece, respectively, while Antoinette Thompson and Ashley Colbert each scored eight points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Frogs. 

TCU was able to limit San Diego State without a player in double-figures Saturday as three players each scored eight points apiece, respectively. Kiyana Stamps, who tallied 16 points against the Frogs the first time around this season, was held to 0 points on 0-for-15 shooting, including 0-of-6 from behind the line.

Thompson got the Frogs off on the right foot to begin the second half as the senior scored a tough three-point play to give TCU a 21-20 advantage on the opening possession. On the very next trip down the court, Ventress tickled the twine from deep to increase the Frog lead to 24-20, but SDSU continued to fight, knocking down four-straight to tie the game back up at 24-24.

Great ball movement produced the next couple of points a few moments later as Whitney Williams found Lovings who kicked it over to Colbert for the easy bucket. The freshman went on to score the next four points, to regain the Frog lead at the 15:31 mark of the second half.

The two teams would continue to battle back-and-fourth until Thompson drove the lane and dished it to Lovings who made the score 30-28 in slight favor of the Purple and White with 14 minutes remaining in the game. Following a couple of free throws by Ventress, junior Delisa Gross connected on a bucket from the right-side of the court and the Frogs were in business, going on a 21-5 run the next couple of minutes to break the game wide-open.

The Frogs would increase their lead to 47-33 following a couple of free throws and Wynn put an exclamation point on the day, drilling a jumper at the 3:42 mark to give the Frogs a 16-point cushion late in the game.

TCU was able to close out the game at the line to record its most impressive victory of the season to this point, a thrilling 58-39 victory in front of 2,895 spectators.

San Diego State jumped out to a 6-2 lead early, but Lovings, who scored the first four points for the Purple and White, cleaned up a loose ball and brought the Frogs within two at the 14:21 mark of the opening frame. After a couple of free throws by both teams, which gave the Aztecs a 10-5 advantage at the midway point of the first half, Colbert rolled a shot over the top of the rim to inch the Frogs closer at the 9:12 mark.

With a little over 7 minutes to go in the first half, Wynn, who sparked the Frogs off the bench Saturday, darted to the bucket and dropped one in to make the score 10-9 in slightly favor of the Aztecs. Following a steal by Prince, Meagan Henson dropped in a tear-dropper to rally the Frogs within one at 12-11 with a little over 5 minutes to go in the opening frame.

In all, the Frogs defense once again helped them get back in the game, holding the Aztecs without a bucket from the field for almost 9 minutes of action in the first half. By the time Wynn blew by her defender and scored a runner in the lane, TCU had jumped out on top at 13-12 at the 4:41 mark. 

Prince then stole the show, scoring on a lay-up inside the lane and forcing a turnover on the other end to give TCU a 15-12 lead, but SDSU would answer right back with four-straight to regain a 16-15 advantage. Henson helped the Frogs put an end to the mini-run, finding Lovings down low to cut into the Aztec halftime lead at 20-18.

TCU will have a week off before traveling to Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. CT.