Irvin Sets NCAA Single Game Record in TCU Win
Jan. 16, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas
TCU women's basketball senior forward Sandora Irvin broke the NCAA's single game record for blocks Sunday afternoon in Fort Worth, Texas, in a 75-34 victory over UAB. Irvin blocked 16 shots to break the old record of 15 that was held by Amy Lundquist from Loyola Marymount. Lundquist set her record against Western Kentucky Dec. 20, 1992. As a team, TCU tallied 19 rejections, which tied an NCAA single game record that was first established by New Orleans Feb. 13, 1999, versus Western Kentucky.
Irvin scored 20 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as well for the first triple-double in TCU women's basketball history. Earlier in the season, sophomore Natasha Lacy fell just one point shy of accomplishing the feat against Oklahoma. Irvin also dished out six assists and had five steals in the victory over UAB.
TCU (13-5, 4-0 C-USA) fell behind early the game, trailing 7-2 after a jumper by Carmen Guzman at the 17:16 mark. The Blazers (4-13, 1-3 C-USA) did not hit another field goal the remainder of the half, getting outscored 44-1 along the way. The Lady Frogs scored 23 unanswered points until LaKitha Murray hit a free throw with 7:34 showing on the clock.
The eight first-half points scored by UAB was the third fewest allowed in any half in TCU history. The Lady Frogs' 38-point halftime lead (46-8) tied for the sixth highest in school history. The Blazers shot just 11.5 percent (3-of-26) from the field, tying for the fourth lowest shooting percentage given up by TCU in any half in the history of the program.
Lauren Brittingham ended the field goal drought for the Blazers in the second half with a layup at the 18:16 mark. UAB was without a field goal for an even 19 minutes between the two halves. TCU's largest lead in the game was 47, 66-19, after a layup by sophomore Ashley Davis with 8:05 to go. Irvin's record-breaking block came with 1:31 on the clock when she swated a jumper by Domaneice Moore and corralled the rebound as well.
Junior Vanessa Clementino was the only other Lady Frog in double figures with 13, and she collected six boards as well. Lacy ended the game with five points, eight rebounds and eight assists to go along with three steals. Redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker scored eight points, and Davis had nine off the bench.
Guzman led the Blazers in scoring with 16 points, and she had seven rebounds. Moore pocketed 10 rebounds coming off the pine.
TCU shot 39.7 percent (25-of-63) for the game, while UAB finished at 22.4 percent (13-of-58). The Lady Frogs won the rebound battle 50-43, however, the Blazers held a 17-16 edge on the offensive glass. TCU committed 15 turnovers and forced 24. Points off TOs favored the Lady Frogs, 30-8. TCU's bench outscored UAB's 34-11.
The Lady Frogs hit the road for their next three Conference USA tilts. Their first comes at Louisville Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. CST. The Cardinals (11-5, 2-1 C-USA) are coming off a 72-71 win over Cincinnati on the Bearcats' home floor.