TCU Routs K-State on Historic Night, 64-44

Natalie Ventress became the 13th member of TCU's 1,000-point club

Feb. 19, 2014

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  1 2 F
 TCU 29 35 64
 K-State 13 31 44

Quick Stats
 Points 64 44
 Rebounds 33 36
 Assists 13 11
 Blocks 9 4
 Steals 13 10
 FG Pct. 48.9% 30.9%

Stat Leaders
 TCU Points Reb. Ast. Stls.
Zahna Medley 16 5 3 2
Natalie Ventress 15 4 0 1
 K-State Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Breanna Lewis 14 6 0 3
Ashia Woods 8 9 4 0

FORT WORTH, Texas - Natalie Ventress reached 1,000 career points while head coach Jeff Mittie earned his 300th win at TCU as the Horned Frogs cruised to a 64-44 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to improve to 15-11 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play.

Ventress was one of three Horned Frogs to score in double figures with 15 points off a 6-of-11 effort from the field and 3-of-6 performance from 3-point range. The Fort Worth native became the school's 13th member of the 1,000-point club with a 3-pointer at the 14:09 mark of the first half.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored a game-high 16 points, going 6-of-13 from the field, including two long-range buckets, while junior forward Chelsea Prince added 11 points to go with five first-half steals.

Senior center Latricia Lovings grabbed 10 rebounds to go with five points while extending her school-record blocks streak to 65-straight games with five rejections.

TCU got off to a slow start against the Wildcats, trailing 10-2 at the 14:53 mark before blowing the contest open by ending the first half on a 27-3 run for a 29-13 advantage at the break.

Ventress' historic 3-pointer ignited the run, and Prince gave TCU its first lead of the contest (13-12) at the 6:52 mark with a steal and layup.

Ventress and Prince followed with buckets from beyond the arc and Medley posted back-to-back jumpers within 10 seconds to put the Frogs ahead 24-13 with 4:22 remaining until the break.

Ventress closed out the half with two jumpers as the Frogs limited K-State to just three points over the final 14:53 and no field goals in the last 10:59.

The star of the first half wasted little time in picking up where she left off, as Ventress buried another trey in the opening minute of the second half to put the Frogs up 32-13 and extend their run to 30-3 over a 15-minute period.

Junior guard Donielle Breaux, who posted seven points and a team-best five steals, gave TCU its first 20-point advantage with a 3-pointer at the 14:27 mark, and Medley got in on the 3-point party with back-to-back treys with 8:48 remaining as the Frogs pushed out to a 49-27 lead.

TCU allowed the fewest points all season (44) while holding K-State to a 31-percent effort (17-of-55) from the field and forcing 22 turnovers.

The Frogs connected on 12-of-21 (57 percent) shots in the second half to shoot 49 percent (23-of-47) for the contest, while draining seven of 16 3-piont attempts (44 percent).

TCU will play host to No. 5 Baylor at 11 a.m., on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in a contest televised on FOX Sports Southwest.

• Head coach Jeff Mittie earned his 300th win at TCU, now in his 15th season. Mittie joins fellow Big 12 coaches Kim Mulkey (Baylor), Bill Fennelly (Iowa State), Sherri Coale (Oklahoma) and Deb Patterson (K-State) with 300 wins at their current institution.
• Junior guard Natalie Ventress scored 15 points to become the 13th member of the school's 1,000-point club. Twelve of the 13 1,000-point scorers at TCU have achieved the feat during Jeff Mittie's tenure.
• TCU improved to 12-3 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum this season and 4-3 at home in Big 12 play.
• TCU used a 30-3 run from the 14:53 mark in the first half until the 18:40 mark of the second half.
• TCU claimed its second victory over Kansas State to even the overall series at 2-2. The Horned Frogs won their first contest against the Wildcats during Jeff Mittie's first season at TCU in 1999.
• With six wins in Big 12 play, the Horned Frogs have tripled their win total in league play from last season.
• With TCU's 20-point victory, the Horned Frogs posted their most lopsided victory in a conference game since defeating Air Force by a score of 61-31 on Feb. 22, 2012. • Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored a game-high 16 points to score in double figures for the 21st time this season.
• Junior forward Chelsea Prince scored in double figures for the eighth time this season with 11 points while also snagging five steals in the first half.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings grabbed 10 rebounds, marking her sixth double-figure rebounding effort this season, while also swatting five shots for her 10th performance this season of five or more blocks.
• With three 3-pointers, Ventress moved into sixth place all-time at TCU with 137 career treys, surpassing Tricia Payne (1998-03).



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