Horned Frogs claim first-ever win over Texas
Horned Frogs open season against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 9
Ed and Rae Schollmaier provide a lead commitment of $10 million
Ed and Rae Schollmaier provide a lead commitment of $10 million
Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. CT.
TCU vs. West Virginia - Big 12 Quarterfinals
TCU vs. Baylor (USATSI)
TCU women's basketball
TCU used a 22-8 run in the second half to pull within seven before falling 72-59.
TCU vs. Texas A&M (AP - 12/11/11)
Coach Mittie can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in his office at (817) 257-7962.
MITTIE QUICK FACTS
In the first 22 seasons of TCU women's basketball, the Horned Frogs had just four winning seasons and zero trips to the postseason. On Aug. 19, 1999, the face and reputation of the program changed with the hiring of Jeff Mittie as TCU's sixth head coach.
Now entering his 15th season at TCU, Mittie has led the Frogs on one of the greatest turnarounds in women's basketball history. The 46-year-old Mittie has guided the program to winning seasons in 13 of his 14 years while taking TCU to 11 consecutive postseason tournaments prior to 2012, including nine NCAA Tournament berths.
Since his arrival in Fort Worth, Mittie has compiled a 285-161 (.639) record while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Mittie's 285 victories account for over 50 percent of the school's wins in 36 seasons of basketball. Prior to Mittie's arrival, TCU owned a 208-402 (.340) mark. He recorded his milestone 200th victory at TCU in 2008-09, his 10th season with the Frogs, during a home win over Sam Houston State.
Overall, Mittie has been a head coach for 21 seasons, compiling a 436-220 (.665) record. Entering the 2012-13 season, he ranked No. 32 in winning percentage among all active coaches nationally and was No. 22 among head coaches with at least 15 years experience. Mittie was also 34th on the NCAA's all-time list in terms of winning percentage by coaches with a minumum of 10 years experience.
Mittie faced a major test entering the 2012-13 campaign as he ushered the Horned Frogs into what is widely considered to be the toughest conference in the country, the Big 12 Conference, following seven years as a member of the Mountain West. Adding to the challenge was the fact that Mittie's squad was the youngest of his tenure. In total, Mittie started three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior during conference play.
During his first year in the Big 12, Mittie's year was highlighted by victories over nationally ranked and NCAA Tournament participants No. 23 Iowa State and No. 22 Oklahoma State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. During the course of the season, the Frogs showed that they could shoot the long ball with authority as they ranked No. 24 in the NCAA in three-point field goals per game, averaging 7.3 three's a contest. TCU also finished in the top-half of the Big 12 in a number of categories, including being ranked No. 2 in blocked shots per game at 4.83. Individually, Mittie helped freshman Zahna Medley put together one of the top freshman seasons in school history as the Illinois native led all Big 12 freshmen in scoring and assists. Following the season, Medley was a unanimous selection to the conference's all-freshman team as well as an honorable mention All-Conference honoree.
Entering the 2013-14 season, Mittie will once again have one of the youngest teams in the conference, but the stage is set for a breakout campaign as the Frogs incoming recruiting class features two ESPNU 100 kids and was ranked not only among the conference's best, but also the nation's elite.
Entering 2011-12, the Frogs were one of only 20 programs to advance to the NCAA Tournament nine of 11 seasons since 2001. TCU was also one of only two schools in the state of Texas to reach postseason tournaments 11-straight seasons.
Mittie's final season in the Mountain West was highlighted by Natalie Ventress earning Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors as well as first team all-conference accolades. Ventress finished the regular season ranked No. 15 amongst all freshman scorers in the NCAA and No. 8 in conference games only. She closed the season becoming the first freshman to lead TCU in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game, since the 1997-98 campaign. Having one of the youngest teams in Mittie's tenure, the Frogs rattled off 16 victories over the course of the season and ranked No. 9 in the NCAA in blocked shots per game with a 6.0 per game average. The Frogs also ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West.TCU also ranked No. 16 in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense, allowing only 34.9 percent from the field.
In 2010-11, the Frogs were once again among the nation's best, reaching the 22-win plateau for the seventh time in program history, while also becoming the first team in Mountain West Conference history with at least 11 league wins and a top 3 finish in each of the last six seasons. The Frogs, who also advanced to the MWC Tournament finals for the first time in program history, became only the second team in the state of Texas to play in 11-straight postseason appearances with a first round WNIT appearance against Oral Roberts.
Individually, it was another banner year for as both Helena Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter closed their careers earning first team all-conference accolades for a second-straight season, while Starr Crawford claimed second team accolades. Sverrisdottir picked up a slew of honors during her senior season, including being named to the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists. Carter once again led the Horned Frogs in scoring during the season as she averaged 17.8 points per game, which ranked No. 40 in the NCAA and No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference. Carter also posted the No. 1 scoring game in the NCAA during the course of the season, scoring a school record of 43 points against SMU on Nov. 17, which also ranks No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference all-time. Crawford collected second-team all-conference accolades as well as all-defensive team honors. She closed the season ranking No. 36 overall in the NCAA in rebounds per gameafter being one of only two players in the conference to record five double-doubles during conference play.Crawford was the only Mountain West Conference player to average double-digits in points per game (12.7) and double-digits in boards per contest (10.0) during MWC play.
The Frogs continued their successful string of seasons in 2009-10, as Mittie led the squad to its sixth conference championship since his arrival on campus. The team posted a 12-4 record in Mountain West Conference action to claim the program's first regular-season title as a member of the league. In the process, Mittie was named MWC Coach of the Year, his fifth coaching honor in a fourth different conference.
TCU experienced several milestones during its conference championship season, highlighted by a perfect 15-0 home record at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, the first undefeated home slate in program history. The Frogs have dominated at home since Mittie's arrival,TCU is 83-21 (.799) in its last 104 games overall held at the DMC and 180-46 (.796) since his arrival on campus prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
In addition to the team's successful 2009-10 performance, which once again was topped off by another NCAA Tournament appearance, several Frogs stood out individually. Helena Sverrisdottir, the MWC Player of the Year, and Emily Carter combined to give TCU two first-team all-conference selections in a single season for the first time. Sverrisdottir became only the third conference player of the year in school history and also only the third to receive All-America attention when both the WBCA and Associated Press tabbed her with honorable-mention honors. The product of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland, had several standout moments, including only the second triple-double in school history during a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, while she also became the first TCU player ever to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists in a career.
The win over the in-state Aggies marked TCU's second in five seasons against the squad that owned a 13-game winning streak over the Frogs prior to Mittie's arrival. In 2005-06, TCU's first season in the Mountain West Conference, the Frogs knocked off No. 20 Texas A&M in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the tourney's second round for the fifth time in six seasons.
Prior to his move to Cowtown, Mittie pieced together a 75-42 (.641) mark in his four campaigns at Arkansas State, posting a pair of 20-win seasons and winning 17 or more contests in each of his four years with the Lady Indians. Twice his teams topped the Sun Belt Conference in grade point average as well.
In his final season at Arkansas State, Mittie's squad finished 18-14 with victories over a pair of ranked foes in Virginia (No. 8) and Kansas (No. 19). His team eventually advanced to the final eight of the Women's NIT.
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