March 21, 2004
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LADY FROGS' GAME #32:
#20-ranked/#6-seeded TCU (25-6) vs. #16/15-ranked/#3-seeded Georgia (23-9)
2004 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship
West Region Second Round
The Liacouras Center (10,206)
Temple University, host
Game Time: 6 p.m. CST
Television: ESPN (Play-by-Play: Pam Ward; Color: Kara Lawson)
Radio: KTCU 88.7 FM (Play-by-Play/Color: Jeff Williams)
ABOUT THE CONTEST
The 20th-ranked and sixth-seeded TCU Lady Frogs (25-6) will take on the West Region's No. 3-seeded Georgia Lady Bulldogs (23-9) Monday at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN. TCU advanced with a 70-57 victory over Temple in the first round, while No. 16/15-rated Georgia was a 78-53 winner against Liberty. The Lady Frogs and Lady Bulldogs have never met. TCU is making its fourth consecutive appearance in the second round, while UGA has been there 19 times. The Lady Frogs have been to the tournament four times and Georgia has made 21 appearances. TCU is hoping for its first bid to the Sweet 16. The Lady Bulldogs have made five Final Fours and been the tournament runner-up two times.
THE LADY FROGS
#45 Tracy Wynn, 6-2, Sr., F, 6.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#50 Sandora Irvin, 6-3, Jr., F, 16.7 ppg, 12.3 rpg
#30 Ebony Shaw, 5-10, Sr., G, 11.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg
#12 Kim Ortega, 5-8, Sr., G, 8.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg
#11 Natasha Lacy, 5-10, Fr., G, 7.0 ppg, 5.2 apg
#23 Tiffany Evans, 6-2, Sr., F, 8.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg
#24 Niki Newton, 6-0, Jr., F, 2.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg
#3 Amy Pack, 6-0, Sr., F, 7.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
#34 Ashley Davis, 6-0, Fr., F, 5.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg
#33 Adrianne Ross, 5-8, Fr., G, 7.4 ppg, 3.1 apg
THE LADY BULLDOGS
#50 Rebecca Rowsey, 6-3, Fr., F, 2.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
#4 Christi Thomas, 6-5, Sr., F, 12.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg
#14 Janese Hardrick, 5-6, Fr., G, 10.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg
#11 Sherill Baker, 5-8, So., G, 11.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg
#31 Alexis Kendrick, 5-7, So., G, 9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg
#13 Jessica Pierce, 6-2, Jr., F, 8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg
#44 Ebony Felder, 6-2, Jr., F, 5.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg
#21 Cori Chambers, 5-9, Fr., G, 7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
#33 Katie Frye, 6-0, Jr., G, 2.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg
HOW THEY ADVANCED
TCU def. Temple, 70-57
Georgia def. Liberty, 78-53
The No. 20-ranked and sixth-seeded TCU Lady Frogs reached the NCAA Championship Second Round for the fourth year in a row Saturday by downing the West Region's No. 11 seed Temple, 70-57. The game was played on the Owls' home court, The Liacouras Center. With the win, TCU moved its record to 25-6, tying the school's single-season win record with the 2000-01 squad that went 25-8.
Neither squad managed to build a significant lead in the first half, which featured 10 ties and three lead changes. The last time Temple held the edge on the Lady Frogs was after Candice Dupree knocked down a jumper at the 12:43 mark to put the Owls ahead 14-12. TCU's largest advantage of six came with 1:59 remaining in the half on an Adrianne Ross layup. Temple was able to get a couple of free throws in before the buzzer sounded, giving TCU only a four-point lead, 30-26.
The Lady Frogs made 13 of their 25 attempts from the floor for a 52 percent clip. Temple only connected on 11-of-34 (.324) and neither team made a three-point bucket. Offensive rebounds allowed the Owls to stay in the game, as they held an 11-3 advantage and a 22-18 upper hand overall on the glass. Big first half performers for TCU included Sandora Irvin and Ebony Shaw. Irvin tallied eight points and six rebounds, while Shaw chipped in with six points and six boards. Dupree and Ari Moore from TU each had six points and four rebounds to lead the Owls.
Temple slowly chipped away at the Lady Frogs' advantage in the early goings of the second period and was able to regain the lead on a couple of occassions. The first put the Owls up 39-38 with 13:36 remaining on the clock after a pair of charity tosses by Britney Jordan. Fifty-six seconds later, Temple was up again, 41-40, thanks to a layup by Moore.
The Purple and White, though, always had an answer. The Lady Frogs went on a 7-0 run after holding a precarious 49-48 lead with 7:26 to go in the contest. Cynthia Jordan stopped the drought for Temple four minutes later with a jump shot. Temple never got closer than six the rest of the game. The Lady Frogs hit 12 of their 13 attempts from the free-throw line in the final five minutes.
Irvin led all scorers with her fifth consecutive 20-point performance. She recorded 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her 14th double-double in a row. Irvin also became the all-time leading rebounder in TCU men's or women's basketball history, surpassing Reggie Smith and his 966 caroms set over 1988-1992. The women's record was 778 by Janice Dziuk (1986-1990) before Irvin broke it against Cincinnati earlier this year.
Shaw notched her third career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It was her second of the season, with the first coming against Arkansas Dec. 6 (20 points, 11 rebounds). She also dished out a game-high five assists. Natasha Lacy turned in an impressive performance as a freshman playing in her first NCAA Championship game with 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes. She was 4-for-4 from the floor and hit all four of her free throw attempts.
Moore was Temple's high scorer with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Dupree was the other Owl in double figures with 14 points. She fell one rebound shy of a double-double.
TCU shot 50 percent from the floor (26-52), while Temple was a mere 32.8 percent (22-67). Temple ended the game with 18 offensive rebounds, 11 more than TCU, and out-rebounded the Lady Frogs 41-36. Despite both teams committing 15 turnovers, TCU managed to turn the Owls' mistakes into 20 points, while Temple only got eight. The Purple and White also held a strong advantage in the lane, outscoring Temple 40-26.
TCU-TEMPLE POST-GAME TIDBITSTCU advanced to the NCAA Championship Second Round for the fourth year in a row and is 4-3 all-time in the tournament
TCU tied the school record for most wins in a season with 25, a feat first accomplished in 2000-01 when it went 25-8
TCU will take on Georgia for the first time in school history; The Lady Frogs are 4-32 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference (Alabama: 0-1, Arkansas: 3-20, Auburn: 0-1, LSU: 0-4, Mississippi: 0-2, Mississippi State: 0-1, Tennessee: 0-3, Vanderbilt: 1-0)
The Lady Frogs made their 11th appearance on national television
Sandora Irvin recorded her 14th consecutive double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds and picked up career double-double No. 44
Irvin got her 12th game of the season with at least 21 points
Irvin has scored at least 20 points in her last five games
Irvin became only the third player in school history to eclipse the 1,200-point mark; She is third on the all-time scoring list with 1,215 points
Irvin's season total of 484 points is the second-best in school history behind Janice Dziuk's 501 set in 1989-1990; Against Temple, she was able to beat out Emma Thompson's 467 in 1996-1997
Irvin became the all-time leading rebounder in TCU men's or women's basketball history by grabbing 13 to push her career total to 970; The women's record was 778 by Janice Dziuk set over 1986-1990 and the men's is 966 by Reggie Smith (1988-1992)
Irvin's 21 points established a new career-high in the NCAA Championship; Her previous best was 19 against Connecticut last year
Irvin needs seven points to surpass Kati Safaritova and become TCU's all-time leader in points in NCAA Championship play
Irvin is exactly 100 blocks away from tying the NCAA's individual career record of 428 held by Genia Miller of Cal State Fullerton; The record has stood since the 1990-1991 campaign
Irvin's 115 blocks this year is 13 away from the TCU single-season record she set last season
Irvin continues to set TCU's single-season rebound record even higher; It is now at 356, which is 36 more than what she established last year
Natasha Lacy is pushing the school's single-season assist record even higher; It is now at 161, 26 more than Andrea Boris had in the 1992-93 campaign
Ebony Shaw picked up only her 3rd career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds; It was her second of the season; The first was a 20-point, 11-rebound effort against Arkansas Dec. 6
Shaw's point and rebound totals were both NCAA Championship career-highs
Shaw moved into sixth place on TCU's all-time scoring list with 1,154 points; She jumped ahead of Leah Garcia, who scored 1,151 from 1994-1998
Shaw and Tiffany Evans are the only Lady Frogs in school history to appear in all seven of its NCAA Championship games
TCU had its streak of 70 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer snapped; Before today, the last time the Lady Frogs failed to hit a three was Feb. 17, 2002, when it went 0-for-9 at Saint Louis; TCU managed to win that game as well, 75-66
The Lady Frogs' 50 percent (26-52) shooting effort was the second-highest in a NCAA Championship game; The best was a 50.8 percent (30-59) mark versus Penn State in 2001
Take away TCU's 0-for-8 effort from behind the arc and it was 26-for-44 (.591) from the floor
Freshman point guard Adrianne Ross and her brother Ronald Ross, a junior at Texas Tech, both played in the NCAA Championship Saturday; Tech was defeated by St. Joseph's in the second round, 70-65
Coach Jeff Mittie is now 261-108 (.707) overall, 110-49 (.692) at TCU and 10-5 (.667) in the NCAA Championship at the Division I and II level
The Lady Frogs held an opponent to below 35 percent shooting for the 15th time this season; TCU is 15-0 when doing so
TCU is 6-0 when playing on Saturday in 2003-04
TCU shot 50 percent or better for the seventh time this season and is 7-0 when doing so; The Lady Frogs are also 14-0 when shooting at least 45 percent from the field
Although the Lady Frogs were out-rebounded by Temple, 41-36, they are 7-1 this season when that situation occurs
Despite the Owls' 18-7 edge on the offensive glass, TCU is 16-2 this season when the opposition has more offensive rebounds
TCU allowed less than 60 points in a game for the 13th time this season and is undefeated when doing so