Irvin Named Conference USA Player of the Year
March 2, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Sandora Irvin from the TCU women's basketball team was named the 2005 Conference USA Player of the Year Wednesday. Irvin is the first women's basketball player in school history to win a conference Player of the Year award. She also picked up her third straight C-USA Defensive Player of the Year nod and made her second consecutive appearance on the All-Conference First Team. Natasha Lacy was named to the Third Team after snagging All-Freshman Team honors a year ago.
Irvin has received numerous honors this season, being named to the Miami Jam and Rainbow Wahine Classic All-Tournament Teams in November. She was also tabbed the MVP for the Wahine Classic after TCU upset then-No. 3 Georgia and then-No. 13/14 Michigan State to win the title. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native is also one of three players in C-USA history to be named Player of the Week four times in one season.
Irvin was named the WBCA National Player of the Month for her December performance earlier in January. Irvin averaged 22.5 points, 13 rebounds, 3.6 blocks and 2.8 steals in TCU's eight games during the month. She tallied a career-high 32 points versus Oklahoma Dec. 9 in an 81-65 victory. Irvin scored at least 20 points in six of the eight contests and was in double digits in the rebounds category in all but two games as well.
For the 2004-05 season, Irvin is averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4.7 blocked shots, 2.2 assists and 2.4 steals. She ranks 13th in the country in scoring and second in rebounding and blocks.
Earlier in the year, Irvin broke the NCAA single-game record for blocked shots with 16 versus UAB Jan. 16. The old record of 15 was held by Amy Lundquist from Loyola Marymount. Irvin also had the first triple-double in school history against UAB by adding 20 points and 18 rebounds.
The next record Irvin broke was the NCAA's career record for blocked shots of 428, doing so versus Memphis Feb. 5. She needed just three going into the game and finished with eight. Her current total stands at 457 with two regular-season contests remaining.
The next record Irvin broke was the NCAA's career record for blocked shots of 428, doing so versus Memphis Feb. 5. She needed just three going into the game and finished with eight. Her current total stands at 467 heading into the C-USA Tournament, which takes place over March 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C.
In just two seasons, Lacy has moved up to second on TCU's career list for assists. Her current total of 331 is only 114 away from Jill Sutton's record. Lacy also ranks sixth in school history in steals with 169 and is likely to make a run at breaking Rachel Hesse's record 284. The El Paso, Texas, native holds the school's top two season totals for assists as well with 165 her freshman year and 166 this season.
Despite being TCU's point guard, Lacy is the team's second best rebounder behind Irvin. She narrowly missed getting the first triple-double in school history with nine points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists versus Oklahoma in December. Lacy had two other double-doubles during 2004-05 against Texas-Arlington and DePaul. She also established a new career-high with 23 points at Cincinnati in a 68-51 Lady Frog victory.
Lacy averaged 9.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.9 steals during the regular season. She currently ranks 16th in the nation in assists and 26th in steals.