TCU Captures C-USA Title
March 6, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When Louisville lost track of Ashley Davis, TCU found its offense.
Davis scored all 13 of her points in the second half to lead TCU to a 60-41 win over Louisville on Sunday in the championship game of the Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament.
TCU (23-9) earned its second conference tournament championship in three seasons and grabbed the automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
Davis, the Horned Frogs' top 3-point shooter, went scoreless in 10 minutes of play in the first half, but energized TCU's offense in the second.
Louisville, the tournament's second seed, took its only lead of the game, 28-27, with 13:30 remaining. Davis scored six consecutive points and nine of the Horned Frogs' next 11.
"We lost Davis a few times and that hurt us. That's what happens when you have someone who can hit the 3," Louisville coach Tom Collen said.
Davis struggled in the first half, missing all four of her 3-point attempts.
"I was so surprised I was so wide open, I was settling for the 3-pointers," Davis said. "I slowly started to hit once I got some easy shots inside."
Conference player of the year Sandora Irvin also found her offensive touch in the second half, scoring 14 of her game-high 21 points.
Following a four-point play by Angel Bradley with 7:32 remaining, TCU used a 17-3 run to close the game.
"The key to us, especially in the second half, was we kept running," TCU coach Jeff Mittie said. "We shared the basketball better in the last 10 minutes of the game than we did in the previous 30."
The Horned Frogs, the fourth seed, completed their second upset of a higher seed in as many days.
On Saturday, TCU beat regular-season champion and No. 12 DePaul 87-77. Jazz Covington scored 19 for the Cardinals (22-8).
Louisville lost starting forward Yuliya Tokova at 16:31 of the first half with an injury to her right knee. She didn't return.
After starting the game with 10-2 run, TCU held a 22-20 lead at halftime.