TCU's Irvin Sets NCAA Record in 74-64 Win Over Memphis
Feb. 5, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Senior forward Sandora Irvin from the TCU women's basketball team broke the NCAA Division I career record for blocked shots Saturday in a 74-64 victory against Memphis in Fort Worth, Texas. Irvin came into the game with 426 to her credit, which was two shy of tying Genia Miller from Cal State Fullerton's mark established in 1991.
The third of Irvin's eight blocks on the night came with just two seconds remaining in the first half. The Lady Tigers' Raven Rogers went up for a jumper and was rejected by Ashley Davis. After Rogers recovered the ball, she went straight up for another shot and the 6-foot-3 Irvin blocked it without leaving the ground.
"I got up in the air a lot early on, so I had to calm myself down," Irvin said. "I had to play my game and compose myself and let it come. I was really anxious. I think my teammates were more excited coming into this game than me. It felt good and I'm excited for everyone that was here to see it."
TCU (16-6, 7-1 C-USA) trailed for a good portion of the first half and was down 19-15 with 7:05 to go after a three-pointer by Tamika Butler. The Lady Frogs answered with a 9-0 run over a 3:42 span to take a 24-19 upper hand. Six of the points were scored by Vanessa Clementino. TCU held a 30-26 advantage at the intermission.
The Purple and White raced out to a 42-30 lead over Memphis (10-12, 3-6 C-USA) in the second period. Half of those points came courtesy of Davis. The Lady Frogs steadily increased their lead to as many as 16 a couple times. The last came with 8:32 to play following a pair of free throws by Clementino.
The Lady Tigers put up a fight in the final eight minutes of the contest, chopping TCU's lead to seven on a couple of occasions. Memphis' Latrice Booker drained a jump shot at the 4:36 mark to set the score at 64-57 in favor of TCU. The Lady Frogs forced the Lady Tigers into five turnovers after that point to seal the victory.
In addition to eight blocks, Irvin scored a game-high 25 points, pulled down 11 rebounds, assisted on four baskets and recorded three steals. Clementino chipped in with a career-high 17 points off the bench on 6-of-9 shooting. Davis was the only other Lady Frog in double figures with 11. Natasha Lacy finished the night with seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Victoria Crawford led the way for Memphis with 20 points, going a perfect 10-for-10 at the free-throw line. Rogers scored 18 for the Lady Tigers as well.
TCU finished the game shooting 26-of-67 (.388), while Memphis was 22-for-61 (.361). The Lady Tigers did, however, finish 8-for-16 (.500) from behind the arc, and TCU went a mere 2-for-15 (.133). TCU out-rebounded Memphis 44-42 and 18-14 on the offensive glass. The Lady Frogs forced 21 turnovers and committed just 13. TCU outscored Memphis 42-20 on points in the paint.
Next up for the Lady Frogs is a home tilt with Saint Louis Monday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. CST in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Billikens (3-19, 2-7 C-USA) are coming off a 92-47 loss at Houston.
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