Frogs hopping along to end of season
basketball team beats DePaul, prepares to face Houston
two home wins over the weekend, the Frogs control their
own destiny in Conference USA.
afternoons are typically a time for rest.
For junior forward Sandora Irvin, Sunday afternoon was
anything but restful. In fact, the only resting Irvin
did against No. 12 DePaul was done by her sweat drenched
No. 50 jersey, which was replaced with a dry and clean
No. 20 jersey after blood stains and sweat left her with
no choice but to switch jerseys.
We thought they wouldnt know who she was,
head coach Jeff Mittie joked of his star player who changed
jerseys at halftime. But we dont have that
kind of luxury with a player like Sandora. Im pretty
sure they figured out who she was.
Despite her best efforts to conceal her identity, Irvin
couldnt help but be noticed by the opponent as she
led the Frogs past DePaul 73-53 with 19 points, 11 rebounds,
6 blocks, and 5 steals.
Irvins 19 point and 11 rebound performance runs
her streak of consecutive double-doubles to nine.
After another solid Irvin performance, Mittie said he
has no doubt who his player of the year is.
Sandora would be my player of the year, Mittie
said. But there are a lot of good candidates, (University
of Houston guard) Chandi Jones is one of them.
And Irvin will get a shot to prove her worth against Jones,
a Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year finalist,
Friday in a game that could determine the Conference USA
Jones currently leads C-USA in scoring and steals this
season, averaging 21.7 points and 3.28 steals a contest.
She also grabs 5.6 rebounds a game.
Houston is the top team in C-USA and they have put themselves
in the position of getting no worse than a share of the
conference title by defeating both DePaul and Marquette
over the weekend as well.
If the Lady Frogs can beat Houston, they will have an
opportunity to grab a share of the C-USA regular season
Defeating the Lady Cougars in Houston will not be easy,
as they are 8-2 at home and own an eight-game winning
Mittie said his team is just happy to have control over
its own destiny.
Its where we want to be, he said. We
want to be playing for the conference championship at
the end of the year.
In the two teams last meeting Jan. 18, the Lady
Frogs fell to Houston 61-59. The Lady Frogs were leading
the entire contest until the final minute of the game,
a game in which Chandi Jones scored 32 points.
Coach Mittie said his team is not the same club that fell
to the Cougars in January, though.
I feel like the team has come together, Mittie
said. We have fought through some adverse moments.
Im seeing more fight. When things arent going
well, they fight harder.
The Lady Frogs say they feel good about their chances
of claiming a fourth consecutive C-USA championship.
Were very confident about the way we are playing
right now, senior forward Tiffany Evans said. We
have the best starting five weve ever had, and everyone
off the bench contributes.
Stephen Spillman/Staff Photographer
forward Sandora Irvin ended the Frogs home
schedule Sunday afternoon against DePaul University
with 19 points and 11 rebounds, her ninth consecutive