Sandora Irvin
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Sandora Irvin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

High School:
Fort Lauderdale H.S.

Height:
6-3

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
02/23/1982

Experience:
3L


2003-04 (JUNIOR): Had perhaps the best year for a player in school history...On March 23, Irvin became the first TCUer to garner all-America praise by earning honorable mention from the Associated Press...Earned the same recognition from Kodak/WBCA...Prior to the conference tournament, Irvin was named to the Conference USA First Team and took home her second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award...It was her third-straight appearance on an all-conference team...She ended the season with 15 consecutive double-doubles and had 23 overall, more than any other player in C-USA...Ended the season as the only Lady Frog to ever average a double-double with 16.8 points and 12.2 rebounds...Was the squad's leader in points, rebounds, blocks and minutes...Set TCU single-season records for points (504), rebounds (366) and field goals made (195)...Her 117 blocks was the second-best tally in one season for the Lady Frogs...Irvin's 330 career blocks by season's end put her 99 away from breaking the NCAA's all-time record...Averaged 3.9 blocks per game...Stands third on the school's career list for field goals made (449) and fifth in attempts (984)...Is second in free throws made (323) and attempted (488)...Her 16.8 points per game was the third-highest average in school history...Was the eighth-best scorer in C-USA...Was sixth in the league in field goal percentage (.510)...Led the conference in blocks and rebounds...Placed third nationally in blocks and rebounds...Named to the all-tournament team for the 2004 C-USA Tournament for the second year in a row...In addition to making the all-tourney team at the Malibu Beach Classic over Dec. 20-21, Irvin was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player...Tabbed the team's Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season...Notched the 23rd double-double of her career to kick off the season when TCU hosted Texas State Nov. 21...Tallied 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting and drained 3-of-4 from the charity stripe...Pulled down 10 rebounds, six of which were on the offensive glass...Also turned away five shots...Was a rebounding machine at SMU Nov. 24, hauling down 17...Struggled offensively, getting off only seven shots from the floor...Made three of them and hit three free throws to fall one point short of a second-straight double-double...Turned away two of the Mustangs' shots as well...Connected on 7-of-11 shots at BYU Nov. 29 and hit two free throws for 16 points...Also had seven rebounds, which allowed her to move ahead of Amy Bumsted for second place on the school's career rebounds list...Tallied seven points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes against UTA Dec. 2...Sat out the Lady Frogs' Dec. 6 match-up with Arkansas due to illness...Did not feel too sick Dec. 11 at UW-Green Bay, as Irvin exploded for 24 points and 18 rebounds...She almost had a triple-double thanks to seven blocks as well...Played almost the entire game, sitting out only four minutes...Was huge in the second half with 16 points and 10 boards...Recorded another double-double three days later at Rutgers with 20 points and 12 boards...Only had two points in the first half due to foul trouble before exploding in the second for 18...Irvin blocked a couple of shots as well in 30 minutes of playing time...Led TCU in scoring for the third consecutive game Dec. 20 in a win over Florida State...Dropped in 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting and snagged seven rebounds and rejected two shots...Narrowly missed giving the Lady Frogs their first triple-double in the championship of the Malibu Beach Classic against Pepperdine the following day...Irvin went for 16 points, a career-best 11 blocks and eight rebounds...Her 11 rejections was the second-most ever in a single game in Conference USA history...Sat out TCU's game with Lamar Dec. 29 due to an upper respiratory infection...Could have played in the contest but medical personnel felt she would be better served sitting out...Returned to the starting lineup two days later when TCU destroyed North Texas, 91-53...Notched her third 20-point outing of the year by making 8-of-10 shots and 5-of-11 free throws for 21 points in 26 minutes on the floor...Had 11 caroms as well for her fifth double-double on the year...Had half of TCU's 12 blocks in the game and four steals as well...Fell one point short of a double-double Jan. 2 when the Lady Frogs hosted No. 5 Tennessee...Had 13 rebounds and also rejected four Lady Volunteer shots...Recorded two assists and two steals as well in 28 minutes...Had her fourth 20-point effort of the season Jan. 6 when TCU destroyed New Mexico State, 96-63...Scored 24 points by hitting 9-of-14 shots from the floor and hitting all six free throw attempts...Pulled in 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double...Also turned away four shots and had three assists in the victory...Had another double-double the next time out Jan. 9 at Saint Louis...Foul trouble in the first half of that game let the Billikens take control of the inside and put TCU down by 16 at halftime...Irvin helped the Lady Frogs win the game by three, 69-66, by contributing 10 points and 13 rebounds...She also was a huge presence defensively by accounting for seven of TCU's 13 blocks in the game...Also had two assists and one steal in the match-up...Foul woes hampered Irvin's minutes to 19 at Memphis Jan. 11...Tallied eight points and grabbed six rebounds...Blocked two shots as well...Tallied her 30th career double-double Jan. 18 when TCU hosted Houston on ESPN 2 with 11 points and 12 rebounds...Made 5-of-11 shots from the field and turned away two shots as well in 30 minutes of playing time...Scored in double figures Jan. 23 against Louisville by netting 10 on 5-of-9 shooting...Brought down six rebounds and blocked three shots...Also had three steals versus the Cardinals...Recorded her ninth double-double of the year Jan. 25 in TCU's come-from-behind victory over Cincinnati...Almost got it in the first half with 11 points and nine rebounds...Finished with 19 points and 15 boards and turned away three shots as well...Her eighth rebound of the game at the 8:29 mark of the first stanza broke Janice Dziuk's school record of 778...Got double-double No. 10 Jan. 31 when TCU downed UAB by 30...Hit 10-of-13 from the floor and nailed all but one of her eight free throw attempts...Ended the contest with 27 points, tying a career-high that she set against SMU last season...Pocketed 11 rebounds, rejected three shots and had four steals as well...After a scoreless first half Feb. 2 in Tampa versus USF, Irvin finished the double overtime thriller with 24 points...She also snatched a career-high 21 rebounds, second-most in a single game in school history...It was also only the second 20-rebound game by a TCUer...Became the seventh member of the 1,000-point club versus USF as well...It came on the first of two free throws with 7:18 remaining in the second period...Got her fourth double-double in a row Feb. 6 versus Tulane with 13 points and 17 rebounds...Eleven of her boards came in the first period...Turned away five shots, had three steals and assisted on three other baskets in the contest as well...Notched double-double No. 13 Feb. 8 when the Lady Frogs hosted Southern Miss...Concluded the game with 12 points and 10 rebounds...Blocked four shots and had two steals...Tied her career-best with 27 points at East Carolina Feb. 13, making 10-of-17 from the field...Also corralled 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double in a row...Hit the game-tying layup in the second overtime with 6.1 seconds remaining to push the game into a third extra session...Kept the double-double streak alive at Charlotte Feb. 15 on ESPN 2 with 12 points and 16 rebounds in 36 minutes...Had four steals and a couple of blocks in the game...Got another double-double Feb. 20 versus Marquette with 11 points and 13 rebounds...Almost had a triple-double, as she blocked eights shots in the contest as well...Was named Conference USA Player of the Week the following week for her efforts...Went 9-for-18 Feb. 22 in TCU's 20-point win against No. 12/11 DePaul to finish as the game's high scorer with 19 points...Also grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked six shots and had five steals...Came up with a big game at Houston Feb. 27, netting 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting and a 7-for-9 effort from the line...Also hauled in 19 rebounds and blocked seven shots in 32 minutes...Turned in one of the best performances of her career in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament against Charlotte...Made 8-of-12 shots and went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 26 points...Also snagged 16 rebounds and had a C-USA Tourney record eight blocks playing 35 minutes...Gave another 20-point performance in the semis versus Louisville with 20 points...Also hauled in 11 rebounds in the 69-59 victory...Scored 20 points in the championship against No. 11/12 Houston March 7...Made all six of her free throw attempts...Grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked two shots in 34 minutes...She set a new tourney record for total blocks with 11...Turned in yet another double-double performance March 20 in Philadelphia against Temple in the first round of the NCAA Championship with 21 points and 13 rebounds...Blocked two shots as well...The 13 boards allowed her to become the all-time leading rebounder in TCU men's or women's basketball history...She surpassed Reggie Smith's 966 on the men's side...Was hampered by first half foul trouble two days later in the second round against No. 16/15 Georgia...Still got a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

2002-03 (SOPHOMORE): Irvin had an even more impressive campaign in her second season and certainly avoided the dreaded sophomore slump...Named Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year...Picked as a preseason fifth-team all-American by All-Star Girls Report...Also nabbed second-team All-C-USA kudos, which was to be expected as she was a preseason all-conference pick...Captured the league tourney MVP in helping the Lady Frogs to their third-straight conference title...Named the team's Offensive Player of the Year and the Player of the Year as well...Had a block party all year long, totaling 128 for a per game average of 3.9...Finished second in the nation in that statistical category behind Amie Williams of Jackson State...In conference games, her average soared to 4.4, almost two blocks higher than the next closest competitor...Obliterated the TCU record for blocks in a season, bettering her record of 85 the previous year...Overtook first place on the school's career blocks list with 213 to her credit...No other TCU player, male or female, has more career blocks than Irvin...Played in all but one of TCU's 34 contests, making 27 starts...Along with Tiffany Evans, she led the team in minutes played per game with 26.7...Led the squad in field goals attempted (320) and made (134)...Did the same for free throws...Was also the team leader in points and rebounds with 396 and 320...Fell just short of a double-double average with 12 points per game and 9.7 boards...Notched 13 double-doubles during the year, tied for the most in the league with UAB's Natasha Thomas...Scored in double digits in 22 games and had 16 outings with at least 10 boards...Her rebounding average tied for tops in C-USA for all games...Bettered the school's single-season record for rebounds, a mark she broke the previous year as well...Looks to become TCU's all-time leader in rebounds this season, as she currently stands fourth with 614...Irvin needs 165 to break Janice Dziuk's record of 778...Should also find herself joining the 1,000-point club in 2003-04, needing just 269 to make the group...Currently, only five Lady Frogs--Dziuk, Jill Sutton, Amy (Sutton) Porter, Leah Garcia and Tricia Payne--have scored at least 1,000 points for their careers...Moved up to seventh on TCU's list for career free throws made with 217...Irvin's 326 attempts is fifth...After a cautious start in the Lady Frogs' first four games, Irvin lit up SMU Dec. 5 for a career-high 27 points and added 11 grabs off the glass for her initial double-double of the year...Collected 16 boards in a tilt with Oregon Dec. 22, which included 11 on the defensive end...Scored in double figures in 11 straight games over Dec. 30-Feb. 9...Had a season-best three consecutive double-doubles against Texas Southern, Miami (Ohio) and Santa Clara Dec. 30, and Jan. 3 and 6...After her 18-point, 15-rebound performance against the Broncos, Irvin was averaging a double-double with 12.2 points and 10.3 boards...Also denied nine shots versus Miami to establish a new career best...She went on to equal that total two more times on the year against Marquette Jan. 31 and Saint Louis Feb. 14...Added a pair of double-doubles in consecutive match-ups with DePaul and Houston Feb. 2 and 9...Irvin accomplished the back-to-back feat two more times that year, beginning with UAB and USF Feb. 28 and March 2, and Charlotte and Cincinnati March 8 and 9...It was a no-brainer to give Irvin the C-USA Tournament MVP since she notched 15 points and 11 rebounds in helping TCU knock out the No. 1-seeded 49ers in the semifinals...She became a one-woman wrecking crew in the title bout with the Bearcats, almost single handedly leading the Lady Frogs in a second-half comeback with eight points in the final 4:15 of regulation...Irvin was also responsible for sending the game into overtime tied at 71 on a bucket coming with 33 seconds left...She finished the game with 26 points and a career-high 19 rebounds...Also had the best game of her career from the field, going 11-of-15 for a 73.3 percent clip...Nabbed 14 boards in TCU's NCAA Tournament First Round win over Michigan State March 23...Gave the Lady Frogs 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes in the first half of their second-round showdown with eventual national champion UConn...TCU took a 35-33 lead at the intermission, becoming just the sixth team the past five seasons to lead the Huskies at the half of a home game...She concluded the contest with 19 points and nine rebounds...Was stellar from the charity stripe, going 11-for-12.

2001-02 (FRESHMAN): Expectations for Irvin ran high during her rookie campaign and she certainly delivered...Started 29 of 31 games as a true freshman and placed first on the team in rebounds (294) and blocked shots (85), and second in points (335)...Averaged 10.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game in her first collegiate season...Was a third-team Conference USA pick and was voted to the league's All-Freshman team...Became the first Lady Frog ever to earn second-team Freshman All-America honors by Women's Basketball News Service...Was one of 35 players selected to try out for the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team...Smashed the school's single-season rebound record of 257 by Janice Thomas in 2000-01...Shattered TCU's old single-season blocks record of 41 in just 15 games and ended up more than doubling the mark (85)...Ranked among the nation's top three freshmen in both rebounds (9.5) and blocks per game (2.7)...Placed eighth nationally among all players in blocks and tied for 27th in boards per game...Finished second in Conference USA in both rebounds and blocks per game...Reached double figures in points 17 times and in rebounding 13 times...Collected at least seven rebounds in 28 of the team's 31 games...Had nine double-doubles on the season, which included a 22-point, 18-rebound performance in her debut against Sam Houston State Nov. 16...After 10 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in her next contest with Air Force Nov. 18, she threw up a 20-spot versus Oregon Nov. 24 in only 24 minutes of action...Had four straight 10-plus point performances over Nov. 30-Dec. 15, including three double-doubles in that span...Had 12 points and a dozen rebounds versus San Diego State Dec. 2...Smacked Rutgers around for 16 points and 14 boards Dec. 8...Pocketed 17 points and pounded the glass for 15 rebounds in TCU's 77-44 romp of 2001 Final Four participant Southwest Missouri State Dec. 15...Dominated Cincinnati with a 19-point, 10-rebound, seven-block performance Jan. 18...After recording 12- and 14-point efforts at USF and UAB Feb. 1 and 3, Irvin smoked Southern Miss for 19 points, eight rebounds and four rejections Feb. 8...Although she did not reach double digits in points against DePaul, Marquette and Saint Louis Feb. 22 and 24, and March 2, Irvin did snare at least 10 boards...Gathered her last double-double of the year in the semifinals of the league tourney March 3 against Tulane with 17 points and 13 rebounds...In her first taste of NCAA Tournament play, Irvin grabbed eight boards and added seven points in TCU's victory over Indiana in the first round March 15...Bettered each of those figures by one in the Lady Frogs' battle with top-seeded Duke two days later.

HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 22.2 points, 17.5 rebounds, 8.1 blocks and four assists per game at Fort Lauderdale High School...Was a first-team USA Today All-American, a second-team Parade Magazine All-American and a Street & Smith's All-American...Also earned all-America mention from Nike and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)...Averaged 19.5 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as a junior...Participated in the 2001 USA Basketball Women's Junior National Team Trials...Ranked sixth nationally in the 2000-01 Blue Star Report...Was the Florida 4A Player of the Year, Gatorade Florida Player of the Year, Florida Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year and Miami Herald Player of the Year...Was a first-team all-state selection...Led Fort Lauderdale to a 4A state championship her senior year...Was the Breakdown Magazine player of the year and Class 4A top player...Selected first-team all-county according to the Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald...Named to the Big 8, Nike Peach State and AAU Regional all-tournament teams...Picked to Highwired Magazine's Terrific 25 and Women's CollegeHoops.com Top 21 Impact Players lists...Was a Broward County scholar-athlete...Named team MVP, all-district, all-area and all-region.

PERSONAL: Irvin is pursuing a degree in marketing...Born Feb. 23, 1982...The daughter of Daughn Irvin and Angela Hollis...Full name is Sandora Lavett Irvin...Is the niece of former Dallas Cowboys star wide receiver Michael Irvin.

CAREER HIGHS
Points:
27, 3x, last at ECU (2/13/04)
Rebounds: 21, at USF (2/2/04)
Assists: 7, at Houston (1/6/02)
Blocks: 11, at Pepperdine (12/21/03)
Steals: 5, 3x, last vs. DePaul (2/22/04)

CONFERENCE HIGHS
Points:
27, 2x, last at ECU (2/13/04)
Rebounds: 21, at USF (2/2/04)
Assists: 7, at Houston (1/6/02)
Blocks: 9, 2x, last vs. Saint Louis (2/14/03)
Steals: 5, 2x, last vs. DePaul (2/22/04)

2003-04 HIGHS
Points:
27, 2x, last at ECU (2/13/04)
Rebounds: 21, at USF (2/2/04)
Assists: 5, vs. Houston (3/7/04)
Blocks: 11, at Pepperdine (12/21/03)
Steals: 5, vs. DePaul (2/22/04)

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HIGHS
Points:
26, vs. Cincinnati (3/9/03)
Rebounds: 19, vs. Cincinnati (3/9/03)
Assists: 5, vs. Houston (3/7/04)
Blocks: 8, vs. Charlotte (3/5/04)
Steals: 3, vs. Tulane (3/3/02)

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHS
Points:
21, vs. Temple (3/20/04)
Rebounds: 14, vs. Michigan St. (3/23/03)
Assists: 2, 2x, last vs. Georgia (3/22/04)
Blocks: 5, vs. Michigan St. (3/23/03)
Steals: 1, 4x, last vs. Georgia (3/22/04)

IRVIN'S CAREER STATISTICS

SeasonG-GSMP-Avg.FG-FGAPct.3P-3PAPct.FT-FTAPct.Reb.Avg.PF-DQATOBLKSPts.Avg.
2001-0231-29818-26.4120-282.4264-7.57191-144.6322949.585-23686854933510.8
2002-0333-27881-26.7134-320.4192-10.200126-182.6923209.785-137811284039612.0
2003-0430-30886-29.5195-382.5108-17.471106-162.65436612.282-244901175350416.8
TOTALS94-862585-27.5449-984.45614-34.412323-488.66298010.4252-5117257330142123513.1


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