Lady Tigers Eliminated from C-USA Tournament
March 5, 2004
Fort Worth, Texas - The semifinals of the 2004 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament are set to get undeway on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas. Houston will take on fifth-seeded Marquette at 1 p.m. (CST), while host TCU takes on Louisville at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be televised on the C-USA Television Network.
In the final game of the night, Louisville advanced to its first semifinal game since the 1999 C-USA Tournament after downing Memphis, 63-58. Angela Bradley stepped up to lead the Cardinals with a game-high 18 points. The Tigers held U of L's top scorers Sara Nord and Jazz Covington to 11 points each. Memphis' Raven Rogers recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Sandora Irvin set tournament records in blocks (8) and free throw percentage (10-of-10), while leading the 15th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs to an 89-73 victory over seventh-seeded Charlotte.
The Golden Eagles defeated DePaul for the second time in six days, 74-70, to reach the semis for the first time since 1999. Carolyn Kieger scored 16 points and dished out nine assists, while Katie O'Grady led MU with 17. Four DePaul players scored in double figures, led by Charlene Smith with 18.
In the first game of the day, Houston's duo of Chandi Jones and Sancho Lyttle proved to be too much as the Cougars eliminated Cincinnati, 84-67. Jones scored 25 points, while Lyttle netted a career-high 34 to lead UH. Valerie King scored 25 points for the Bearcats, becoming C-USA's all-time leader in three-point field goals along the way.
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Jennifer Sullivan topped three Memphis players in double figures with 12 points. Playing in her final collegiate game, Natasha Thomas topped UAB with 15 points.
Sakellie Daniels scored a career high 26 points, setting a new C-USA Tournament record for free throws made along the way, as Charlotte beat East Carolina, 74-61. The 49ers advance to play host and No. 2 seed TCU on Friday. The Pirates were paced by Alisha Bishop's 16 points.
Earlier, Marquette limited Tulane to 29 percent shooting in posting a 61-44 victory. Katie O'Grady scored all 12 of her points in the first half, while Christina Quaye added 11 for the Golden Eagles. D'Aundra Henry had a team-best 13 points for the Green Wave. Marquette advances to face DePaul at 3:00 p.m. CST on Friday.
In the opening game of the day, Valerie King's three-pointer with 51.5 seconds left proved to be the difference as No. 9 seed Cincinnati defeated No. 8 seed USF, 71-68, in the first game of the day. King finished with a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers. Jessica Dickson paced the Bulls with 22 points.
All games will be played at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum and game times are central. Live stats will be provided on the conference website at www.conferenceusa.com.
Saturday's semifinal games will be televised on the C-USA TV Network. Please check your local listings. The C-USA Championship game on Sunday, March 7, will be broadcasted on ESPN2, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST).