TCU prevails in 4 OTs
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Sandora Irvin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 22 TCU withstood an awesome performance by Courtney Willis to defeat host East Carolina, 125-119, in four overtimes Friday night.
Willis scored 40 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for the Pirates, who lost for the fifth time in a row. She sent the game into overtime, making two foul shots with 31 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 83. In the third overtime, her free throw with 21 seconds remaining made it 112-all.
Tracy Wynn put TCU ahead for good, hitting a 3-pointer with 1:43 left in the fourth OT for a 120-117 lead. She later added two free throws.
In the fourth overtime, Willis hit two free throws to give East Carolina a 117-114 lead with 3:14 left. Lacy and Wynn responded with consecutive 3-pointers for TCU, sparking an 11-2 run to close out the game for the Lady Frogs (19-4, 8-2 Conference USA).
 No. 13 DePaul 73, Saint Louis 65:
Khara Smith had 32 points on 14-of-16 shooting to lead the host Blue Demons (21-2, 9-1 Conference USA).
 Drake 73, No. 23 SW Missouri St. 67:
Linda Sayavongchanh scored 15 points and the host Bulldogs rallied from 16 down to end the nation’s longest winning streak at 18 games.
 No. 25 Houston 62, Charlotte 58:
Chandi Jones had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Cougars (20-3, 9-1 Conference USA) to their fifth straight win.
 Cal Poly Pomona 77, CS Dominguez Hills 77:
The Toros (10-10, 6-9 CCAA) got 18 points from Natasha Gray and 17 from Tameka Blue, but Candice Allen scored a game-high 29 points for the visiting Broncos (14-6, 10-5).
In a men’s game . . .
 Cal Poly Pomona 71, CS Dominguez Hills 62:
Jeff Bonds scored 21 points to lead the visiting Broncos (15-5, 11- 4 CCAA) past the Toros (6-14, 4-11), who got 11 points each from Eric Crookshank and Saul Lankster.
 Around the nation:
N.C. State guard Scooter Sherrill’s “gay” remark about Duke star J.J. Redick was “uncharacteristic and unfortunate,” N.C. State athletic director Lee Fowler said. In a statement, Fowler said Sherrill had apologized for Thursday’s comment. Top-ranked Duke and the No. 21 Wolfpack play Sunday. At N.C. State’s practice facility, Sherrill was asked why opposing crowds seem to target the Blue Devils’ sophomore guard. Sherrill said Redick “has a little bit of cockiness to him” and noted that Redick holds his hand in the follow- through position after making a shot, while dropping back on defense. “You see him hit a 3, and he’s running down the court hollering. He’s got his hand up like he’s gay or something,” Sherrill said, then laughed. . . . Something was bugging South Carolina’s Michael Boynton Jr. this week. Turns out, it might have been a spider. Gamecocks coach Dave Odom says Boynton, his senior point guard, had an abscess surgically removed from his right calf following No. 25 South Carolina’s 79-75 overtime loss to No. 6 Mississippi State. . . . Minnesota guard Lindsay Whalen, the school’s all-time leading scorer, will miss four to six weeks after breaking her hand during Thursday night’s loss at Ohio State. Whalen broke two bones in her right hand and could miss the rest of the season.
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