Lady Frogs Lose in Overtime to No. 15 DePaul, 84-81

Sandora Irvin (50) and Natasha Lacy (11) and DePaul's Khara Smith go after a rebound. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

Sandora Irvin (50) and Natasha Lacy (11) and DePaul's Khara Smith go after a rebound. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

Feb. 13, 2005

Final Stats

CHICAGO -- The TCU Lady Frogs (17-8, 8-3 C-USA) dropped their second game in a row Sunday afternoon to the 15th-ranked DePaul Blue Demons (21-3, 10-1 C-USA) in Chicago. The game required overtime with both squads knotted up at 74-all following regulation. In the extra session, the Lady Frogs were outscored 10-7 to fall 84-81 and become the Blue Demons' 22nd straight victim at the DePaul Athletic Center.

The Blue Demons came out running and stunned the Lady Frogs in the first half. DePaul was already leading by 10, 13-3, with just 3:42 gone and with 12:42 showing on the scoreboard, it had a 25-11 advantage. DPU snagged an 18-point lead two different times, the last of which came at the 10:14 mark after Jenni Dant made a couple free throws to her squad ahead 34-16.

TCU responded with a 13-0 run to chop the deficit to five, 34-29, with 6:16 to go in the half. Starters Ashley Davis, Sandora Irvin and Natasha Lacy did all the damage for the Lady Frogs during their tear. After missing her first free throw attempt on a two-shot foul, Dant gave the Blue Demons a 38-31 lead when she made the second. The Lady Frogs scored the last four points of the period and held DePaul scoreless for 4:12 to trail by three, 38-35, heading into the locker room.

DePaul came out with a fury again in the second half, extending its advantage to 46-37 after just 1:45. The Lady Frogs answered by scoring 14 of the game's next 20 points over a span of 5:11 to narrow the margin to 52-51. The Blue Demons managed to go back up by six, 57-51, following a three-pointer by Jenna Rubino with 11:58 left. At the 9:02 mark, though, TCU was able to tie the game up at 59 apiece after Niki Newton's layup.

The Blue Demons continued to hold a precarious lead over the next four and a half minutes. Lorie Butler-Rayford gave the Purple and White its first lead with 4:33 to go in the contest on a lay-in underneath the hoop that made the score 64-63. DePaul regained the upper hand with a four-point advantage, 74-70, following two Erin Carney free throws with just under two minutes to play.

Just before the clock went under one minute, Davis drilled a trey from the right side of the basket to pull her team within one, 74-73. A DePaul turnover with 33 seconds to play gave the Lady Frogs a chance to go for the win.

With 19 seconds left, Irvin went for a shot in the lane and was turned away by Khara Smith. Newton came away with the loose ball, went up for a shot and was fouled by Carney. Newton made her first charity toss but missed the second and the Blue Demons snagged the rebound.

Rubino took a shot for the win with two seconds on the clock, but Irvin swatted it away. Smith got the board and threw up a wild shot from behind the basket just before the buzzer sounded.

In overtime, TCU was up 78-77 after Lacy drove hard to the basket for a layup with 1:58 to go. Dant countered quickly for DePaul with a three and Irvin missed an opportunity to tie the contest back up at 80 when she converted 1-of-2 at the free-throw line. Down 84-81 after two free throws by Dant with 6.4 seconds left, Irvin was able to launch a three that came up short just before time expired.

Irvin finished with a team-high 25 points and 18 rebounds to go along with four blocks and five steals. Newton tallied 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half, and collected six boards. Davis finished with 13 points and Lacy and Butler-Rayford each tossed in a dozen. Lacy also tied a career-high by dishing out 11 assists for her third double-double of the season.

All five DePaul starters ended in double figures in scoring. Dant led the way with 27, followed by Rubino and Smith with 14 each. Carney tallied 12 and Allie Quigley racked up 10. Smith also hauled in 14 rebounds.

TCU shot 51.4 percent (37-of-72) for the game and DePaul connected on 40.5 percent (30-of-74) of its shots. The difference on the afternoon was free throw shooting and offensive rebounds. The Lady Frogs shot just 26.7 percent (4-of-15) at the line, a school record-low for a game in which they had at least 15 attempts. TCU was also out-rebounded 49-41 and 20-14 on the offensive glass, which allowed DePaul to hold a 19-14 advantage on second chance points.

The loss was TCU's first under coach Jeff Mittie when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor. Coming into the game, the Lady Frogs were 23-0 under his leadership in that situation.

The Lady Frogs host the first of four home games to end the regular season Friday when the Charlotte 49ers (20-5, 8-3 C-USA) come to Fort Worth, Texas, for a 7 p.m. CST showdown in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU, Charlotte and Louisville are currently in a tie for second in the Conference USA standings.



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