Oregon Upsets TCU In First Round Of NCAA Conference
March 19, 2005
By JIM COUR
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - With the game on the line in the final minutes, Oregon didn'tcrack under the pressure.
With Cathrine Kraayeveld scoring 23 points and Brandi Davis hitting twocritical 3-point baskets, the 10th-seeded Ducks upset the seventh-seeded LadyFrogs 58-55 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Kraayeveld made two free throws to put Oregon ahead 57-53 with 16.9 secondsleft before Vanessa Clementino responded with a layup for TCU with 11 secondsgo to.
Brandi Davis made a free throw with 10.1 seconds left, and TCU's AshleyDavis missed a 3-point attempt as the buzzer sounded.
TCU's Niki Newton and Clementino were in tears at the end of the game.Sandora Irvin, the Lady Frogs' premier shotblocking senior, hugged Newton onthe floor to soothe her emotions.
The 6-foot-3 Irvin led the Lady Frogs with 14 points, seven rebounds and sixblocked shots, while Natasha Lacy and Clementino each had 10 points. Irvinfinished six points below her average and fouled out with 1:29 left.
It was an emotional and thrilling final 10 minutes.
With the crowd chanting 'Let's go Ducks, Let's go Ducks' at Pac-10 rivalWashington's Bank of America Arena, the Ducks overcame an eight-point deficitin the final 9:49.
Trailing 46-38, Oregon cut it to 46-45 on a 15-footer by Gabrielle Richards,a 3-pointer by Kraayeveld and two free throws by Richards. Two free throws byClementino put the Lady Frogs ahead 48-45 with 5:50 left before Davis sank a3-pointer.
Kraayeveld, a 6-foot-4 senior from nearby Kirkland, made two free throws,but Irvin of TCU tied the score for the final time at 4:26 with a pair of freethrows.
Andrea Bills bulled her way in for a layup with 3:36 left and Davis hit hersecond 3-pointer for Oregon before Lacy's 3-pointer for TCU with 32 seconds cutthe Ducks' lead with 55-53 with 32 seconds left.
Bills had 10 points and eight rebounds, while Oregon point guard CorrieMizusawa had eight assists, one more than the TCU team had.
Irvin finished with 150 blocks this season, two shy of the NCAAsingle-season record. She finished with 480 blocks, the NCAA career record.
Oregon (21-9) won on a floor where it lost to Washington 81-57 during thePac-10 season. The Ducks finished in a tie for second in the Pac-10 race.
The Conference USA tournament champion and No. 23 Lady Frogs (23-10) had wonsix of their final seven games. Their season ended in disappointment afterflying 2,100 miles to Seattle.
The Ducks won their first tournament game since 1999, while TCU lost afirst-round tournament game for the first time in the school's history, havingwon four in a row.