Lady Frogs Shock No. 3-Ranked Georgia, 64-63
Nov. 27, 2004
TCU senior forward Sandora Irvin scored a career-high 28 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked eight shots Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii, to help the Lady Frogs (4-1) stun No. 3-ranked Georgia (3-1) in the semifinals of the 26th annual Rainbow Wahine Classic. It was TCU's first win in school history over a team ranked in the top five and only its second against a top 10 squad. The Lady Frogs will take on No. 13/14 Michigan State Sunday at 9:30 p.m. CST for the tournament championship. The Spartans were 81-59 winners over Santa Clara in their semifinal match-up.
The Lady Bulldogs scored the first five points of the game in less than two minutes, but Irvin kept TCU in it by scoring its first nine points. Her ninth point tied the game with 15:42 to go in the first period. Irvin finished the half with 20 points and eight rebounds. She showed some range as well, making both of her attempts from behind the arc.
TCU was able to push its lead to as many as seven in the first stanza at 33-26 with 5:46 to go. The Lady Bulldogs, though, were able to outscore the Lady Frogs 9-2 the remainder of the way to knot the score up at 35-all heading into the intermission. The lone TCU field goal was a jumper by junior Vanessa Clementino.
Lady Frog sophomore Ashley Davis hit one of her four threes on the night to open the second half after 16 seconds had ticked off the clock. The Lady Frogs continued to pour the defensive pressure on and eventually led by as many as eight on a couple of occasions. The last came when Irvin nailed a jump shot with 15:45 to play to elevate the Lady Frogs to a 47-39 advantage.
UGA refused to go away and fought back to tie the contest up at 54 apiece with 9:18 remaining on a three-pointer by Sherill Baker. Davis answered with a three to put TCU back on top, but Georiga's Alex Kendrick gave the Lady Dogs the lead, 59-58, for the first time since the 7:56 mark of the first stanza when she canned the first of consecutive treys with 6:26 left.
With the game tied at 62-62, TCU redshirt freshman JimAnne Baker hit what would end up being the game-winning basket with 3:39 play. The 5-foot-11 Baker took the ball on the right side with her back to the basket, spun around and hit a pull-up jumper from 10 feet away over 6-foot-3 Georgia defender Rebecca Rowsey.
Neither team could buy a basket in the remaining minutes. UGA freshman Tasha Humphrey was fouled with 41 seconds left, but she missed the first of her two free throws before making the second. On the ensuing possession, TCU called a timeout with nine seconds left on the shot clock to set the next play. The Lady Frogs failed to execute and turned the ball over to give Georiga one last crack at the win.
Kendrick launched a three on Georgia's final possession from deep on the right side, but it was too strong. The Lady Bulldogs' Megan Darrah was able to get the rebound on the opposite side and throw up a desperation shot with Irvin and Clementino in her face. The shot sailed over the basket as time expired.
In addition to Irvin's double-double, Davis picked up her second of the season and her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Clementino was TCU's other double digit scorer with 11 points, and she collected six rebounds. JimAnne Baker finished the contest with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting. Sophomore Natasha Lacy had three points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Lacy's lone three in the game was key, as it put TCU up by five, 54-49, with 10:14 to go in the second half.
Georgia was led in scoring by Humphrey, who finished with a baker's dozen. She also pulled down 12 rebounds. Sherill Baker tallied 12 points, six rebounds and four assists. Janese Hardrick was the third Lady Bulldog in double figures with 10 points.
The story of the game was TCU's defense, as it limited Georgia to 30.9 percent shooting (25-81). In the second half, UGA was only able to connect on 10-of-44 shots (.227). The Lady Frogs shot 35.2 percent for the game (25-71) and were 10-for-28 in the second period (.357). Both teams protected the ball well, as UGA had just 13 turnovers and TCU 16. Rebounds were equal at 50, with Georgia holding a plus-five advantage on the offensive glass and TCU the same on the defensive side. The Lady Frogs also had 11 blocks in the game to Georgia's six.