9:00 PM ET, March 2, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Natasha Lacy's 10th rebound of the game meant much more than her seventh double-double of the season.It also gave her the game-winning shot in TCU's 63-62 victory over No. 17 Utah on Thursday, ending the Utes' seven-game winning streak and Utah's chances of winning the Mountain West Conference regular-season title.Lacy, who gave TCU a 61-59 lead on a pull-up jumper in the lane with about 30 seconds left, won it when she grabbed the ball after TCU's Adrianne Ross missed and banked it in with 2.2 seconds remaining."I knew she had to shoot it and I just knew if it was coming off, I was going to get it," said Lacy, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.The Lady Frogs (16-10, 10-5) also spoiled the final home appearance for Utah seniors Kim Smith -- the school's all-time scoring leader -- and career assists leader Shona Thorburn. Smith finished with 19 points, but fouled out with 7:25 remaining.Thorburn scored 12, including a tying 3-pointer in the final minute, and had seven assists and seven rebounds."It was a tough way to finish out a great career here," Smith said.Utah (20-6, 11-4) still had a chance at the top seed in the Mountain West Tournament next week, but the loss and No. 18 Brigham Young's 69-67 win at Colorado State guaranteed it for BYU.TCU is playing its first season in the league and making an impression, winning four of five. Lacy had promised the school paper a victory in Thursday's game."I didn't want to put my foot in my mouth, so I guess I had to make the shot," Lacy said.Utah had just taken a 62-61 lead on Jessica Perry's rebound basket off a missed free throw by Utah's Morgan Warburton, who had made her first shot but was short on the second.TCU fell behind by 15 in the first half, but led for much of the second as Utah went cold from behind the arc.After Smith fouled out, Thorburn set up the thrilling ending when she made a 3-pointer to tie it at 59. Lacy answered with a pull-up jumper in the lane to give TCU a 61-59 lead with 30.8 seconds left.Warburton drew a foul and got the Utes within a point with her first free throw, and Utah went back ahead when Perry grabbed the ball and put it off the backboard. TCU had enough time to set up a play and after Adrianne Ross' attempt in the lane was blocked, Lacy got the loose ball and made the winning shot."We had enough time to get a shot and a putback and that's exactly what happened," TCU coach Jeff Mittie said.Utah couldn't get the ball past midcourt before the buzzer sounded.Ashley Davis finished with 15 points. Ross finished with 10 points.Perry scored 12 for Utah, which made its first six 3-point attempts then struggled to make shots the rest of the game. Utah finished 22-of-57 from the field, including 9-for-18 from 3-point range.
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