Women’s Basketball: Lady Frogs win exhibition in rout

The opponent’s team name may have been the All-Stars, but for the Lady Frogs, one player rose above the rest to be their all-star.Behind the 23-point, 12-rebound performance by senior forward Lorie Butler-Rayford, the Lady Frogs ran away with Thursday night’s exhibition game against the All-Stars, cruising to a 78-47 win. The All-Stars are comprised of players from around the WNBA.

Butler-Rayford shot 8 for 15 from the field, chipped in four steals and finished as the only TCU player with double-digit points.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said the Inglewood, Calif., native improved during the offseason. He said her flexibility on the offensive end is only a plus for the Lady Frogs.

“The ability for us to move her around will benefit her,” Mittie said.

The performance even took Butler-Rayford by surprise, she said, as she did not know how many points she has racked up until she exited the game for the final time.

She said there was no added pressure on her to do anything else, other than play her style of game.

The scoring in the first half and second half was nearly identical, with the Lady Frogs outscoring the All-Stars 39-24 in the first half and followed up by going 39-23 in the second half.

Despite the 31-point win, Mittie said he was a “little disappointed” in how his team came to play Thursday. He said the team was a step slow getting to the ball on offense – something he hopes to remedy before the team’s regular-season opener against Radford next Friday.

“We’re not as confident in (the offense) as we need to be,” Mittie said.

In a game marred by poor shooting percentages for both teams, the Lady Frogs capitalized from beyond the arc and at the free throw line to storm out to a 15-point lead at halftime. The team would go 4 for 12 from downtown and 11 for 15 on free throws compared to 0 for 8 and 6 for 10, respectively, for the All-Stars.

Even with 39 first-half points, most of the damage was done without big offensive numbers from last season’s leading scorer.

Senior guard Adrianne Ross was held off the scoreboard for the first 18 1/2 minutes of the game, before finishing the half with four points. She would finish with nine points in 25 minutes.

It was also a night of new faces for TCU. Freshman forward Helena Sverrisdottir not only made her way into the starting lineup, but also dropped nine points and hauled in nine rebounds.