Lady Frogs Going Dancing!
March 9, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Sandora Irvin scored 26 points, had 19 rebounds and keyed a second-half comeback to lead TCU to an 85-76 overtime victory over Cincinnati in the Conference USA tournament championship game.
Irvin went 11-of-15 from the field and scored five points in the extra period as the Lady Frogs, the tournament's fifth seed, earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
TCU (19-13) hit six of its eight free throws in the final minute to seal the game.
Irvin, the tournament's most valuable player, tied the score at 71 with 33 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. K.B. Sharp's last-second shot fell short for the Bearcats (23-7), forcing the extra period.
Irvin, whose tying bucket came on a spin move through the lane, scored eight points in the final 4:15 of regulation.
Valerie King led the Bearcats, the tournament's second seed, with 24 points. Leading scorer and rebounder Debbie Merrill, who was in foul trouble in the first half, had 16. K.B. Sharp scored 15 for Cincinnati.
The two teams were tied at 49 with just under 12 minutes left when the Bearcats went on a 12-3 run to take a 61-52 lead.
But Irvin took over inside and carried TCU with some help from Baldwin, who had five points in the final three minutes of regulation.
TCU took a 36-33 halftime lead after shooting 57 percent. The Lady Frogs missed only four of their first 16 shots as they built a double-digit lead.
TCU took its first 10-point lead of the game on a 15-foot shot by Pack,
capping a 21-5 run that included 13 straight points.
Cincinnati cut the lead and got to 34-32 late in the half. While the Bearcats shot only 33 percent in the half, they had only one turnover.