TCU Outlasts East Carolina In 4 OT Thriller
Feb 13, 2004
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Sandora Irvin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 22 TCU withstood an awesome performance by Courtney Willis to defeat East Carolina 125-119 in four overtimes Friday night.
Willis scored 40 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for the Pirates, who lost for the fifth time in a row. She sent the game into overtime, making two foul shots with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 83. In the third overtime, her free throw with 21 seconds remaining made it 112-all.
Tracy Wynn put TCU ahead for good, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:43 left in the fourth OT for a 120-117 lead. She later added two free throws.
In the fourth overtime, Willis hit two free throws to give East Carolina a 117-114 lead with 3:14 left. Lacy and Wynn responded with consecutive 3-pointers for TCU, sparking an 11-2 run to close out the game for the Lady Frogs.
Irvin was one of three players to exceed 20 points for the Lady Frogs (19-4, 8-2 Conference USA). Natasha Lacy had 22 points and Kim Ortega 21 for TCU, which won despite four players - including Irvin - fouling out.
Jennifer Jackson added 29 points for East Carolina (14-9, 5-5).
TCU made 17 of 39 shots from 3-point range with Ortega going 6-of-14 and Lacy 4-of-7. Jackson, who also fouled out, was 5-of-10 from beyond the arc for the Pirates, who made 10 of 26 3-point attempts.
TCU made eight 3-pointers in the first half and led 52-48 at the break.
Ebony Shaw had 16 points and Wynn finished with 15 for TCU.
Keisha Anthony also had 15 points and 10 rebounds for East Carolina, which
set a school record for points in a single game. It was also the first four
overtime contest in school history.
Adrianne Ross had a chance to win the game in regulation for TCU but missed a jumper in the final seconds.