CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- 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 league's automatic berth in the NCAA
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
"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
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
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