Lady Frogs dominate The Pit

With the men’s basketball team getting a close win against a conference opponent at home, the Lady Frogs found themselves in the same position on the road.

The team notched its first win in six trips to The Pit, New Mexico’s home court, Tuesday night.

“It was a good victory,” head coach Jeff Mittie said. “We’ve been in the Mountain West for what is now our third year, so we’ve been there two previous times and hadn’t played very well.”

The Lady Frogs, 2-1 in conference and 9-8 overall, took a 36-20 lead into halftime. The team managed to hold off a strong second half from the Lobos winning 57-54.

The win also marked the team’s first road win of the season, with the Lady Frogs now standing 1-6 away from home.

“That was probably one of the biggest wins of the season,” said redshirt freshman forward Emily Carter. “We played really well as a team and I think that’s going to spark us in the conference season.”

Senior guard Adrianne Ross led the team with 18 points and eight assists in 40 minutes of play.

Ross, a New Mexico native, came into the season 666 points shy of Sandora Irvin’s TCU record for career points. She credited Irvin for helping her grow into the player she said she is today.

“She’s known me since I was a young player, and she helped me gain a lot of the confidence that I have now,” Ross said.

The Lady Frogs started their season with a schedule that featured five top-25 teams.

The Lady Frogs went 1-4 against those teams with the lone win against Oklahoma State, No. 23 and 97-63.

After a Dec. 6 loss to Rice, the team fell to 3-5. Since then, it has won six out of nine games.

“Our focus right now is just getting better as a basketball team,” Mittie said. “We still have a lot of growing to do, but we’ve been a better basketball team since Christmas.”

On the season, the team is averaging 71.2 points a game while allowing 62.8 points a game.

The next home game for the Lady Frogs is Saturday, Jan. 19 against 2-13 Colorado State.