TCU Topples Louisville, 69-59

March 6, 2004

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Sandora Irvin scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and No. 16 TCU beat Louisville 69-59 Saturday in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.

TCU (24-5) advanced to the championship game for the second consecutive season. The Lady Frogs, the defending tournament champs, will play No. 11 Houston on Sunday for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Houston beat Marquette 67-59 in the other semifinal Saturday.

Jazz Covington scored 20 points for Louisville (20-9), Sara Nord had 14 points and 10 assists, and Jessica Huggins scored 10.

TCU's Kim Ortega scored 14 points, 13 in the first half as TCU built a 21-point lead. Amy Pack added 12.

The Lady Frogs hit eight of their first 11 3-point attempts as they built a 33-12 lead with 6:54 left in the first half.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to seven several times in the second half, but got no closer as their 10-game winning streak came to an end.

TCU led 38-25 at halftime, but Louisville used an 8-2 run to get to 40-33.

After TCU's strong start from the perimeter, the Lady Frogs hit only two of their final 18 3-pointers.

The 6-foot-3 Irvin made up for it with her inside play, scoring 14 points after halftime on the way to her 12th straight double-double.

She scored seven consecutive points for TCU in a late four-minute stretch, including a putback of Ebony Shaw's miss to put TCU ahead 64-55 with 2:52 remaining.

The Lady Frogs hit five of six free throws the rest of the way to seal the win.

TCU, playing on its home court, will try to avenge two losses to Houston in conference play.



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