TCU Cruises Past UTPA, 73-47

Dec. 15, 2013

Final Stats |  Quotes | Photo Gallery

  1 2 F
 TCU 39 34 73
 UTPA 19 28 47

Quick Stats
 Points 73 47
 Rebounds 50 40
 Assists 16 9
 Blocks 7 1
 Steals 11 6
 FG Pct. 38.3% 24.2%

Stat Leaders
 TCU Player Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Natalie Ventress 18 5 0 0
Latricia Lovings 8 8 0 5
 UTPA Player Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Brittany Bush 13 10 0 0
KaeLynn Boyd 14 4 1 0

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team turned in a stifling defensive effort en route to a 73-47 victory over Texas-Pan American on Sunday afternoon at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to improve to 6-3 overall this season.

Junior guard Natalie Ventress led the way with a season-best 18 points, going 5-of-9 from the field, including a 3-of-6 clip from distance, while Zahna Medley and Donielle Breaux also scored in double figures with 11 points apiece.

The Horned Frogs never trailed in the contest and enjoyed a comfortable 39-19 lead at the half following a 28-4 run over a 14-minute period.

Leading the Broncs (5-4) by an 11-8 margin, junior Chelsea Prince found an open Latricia Lovings in the paint for the easy bucket plus the ensuing free-throw for a 3-point play, and Ventress followed with a long jumper before burying her first 3-pointer of the game on the next possession for a 21-10 advantage.

Breaux then heated up, draining two long-range buckets over a five-minute period for TCU's first 20-point lead with just under three minutes remaining.

The Horned Frogs led by as many as 27 points (39-12) with 1:35 remaining in the first half as TCU's defense held UTPA without a field goal for over 12 minutes. The Broncs would convert their first shot from the field since the 13:00 mark with just 49.0 seconds remaining.

TCU kept UTPA at a comfortable distance throughout the second half, aided by two more 3-point buckets from Ventress.

The Horned Frogs limited the Broncs to just 24-percent (15-of-62) shooting from the field and forced 19 turnovers with 11 steals and seven blocks. TCU also won the battle on the glass by a 50-40 margin.

Lovings turned in another solid performance for the Horned Frogs with eight points, eight rebounds and five blocks, marking her fourth performance this season with at least five rejections.

Sophomore guard Veja Hamilton also shined on Sunday, turning in six points, six rebounds and matching a career-best with five assists.

The Horned Frogs return to action on Wednesday when they play host to Abilene Christian at 7 p.m., at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tickets are only $5 as part of the Holiday Hoops promotion.

• The Horned Frogs improved to 5-0 at home this season, marking its best start at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since the 2010-11 season when TCU also began 5-0.
• With Sunday's win, TCU improved to 10-1 all-time against UTPA and 6-1 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
• TCU has now held three opponents to less than 50 points this season, as all three were limited to just 47 points.
• By holding UTPA to a season-low 24-percent shooting effort from the field, eight of the season's first nine opponents have failed to shoot higher than 34 percent.
• Junior guard Natalie Ventress posted a season-best 18 points, marking her seventh game this season in double-digit scoring and the 41st of her career.
• Sophomore guard Zahna Medley reached double figures for the seventh time this season and 26th of her career with 11 points.
• Medley opened the contest with her 100th-career 3-pointer, becoming the second-fastest in program history to achieve the feat and just the 12th player in school history to reach the milestone.
• Junior guard Donielle Breaux also posted 11 points, marking her fourth double-digit scoring performance of the season and the seventh of her career.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings added five more blocks on Sunday, reaching five-plus rejections for the fourth time this season and 14th of her career. Lovings has posted the most blocks in the nation (144) since the start of the 2012-13 season.
• Sophomore guard Veja Hamilton matched a career high with five assists in the first half on Sunday.



  • Loading Tweets...
    1 second ago
Academics @TCUAASO
Baseball @TCU_Baseball
M Basketball @TCUBasketball
W Basketball @TCUWbasketball
Equestrian @TCUWEquestrian
Football @TCUFootball
M Golf @TCUMensGolf
Rifle @TCURifle
Swimming & Diving @TCUswimdive
Soccer @TCUSoccer
M Tennis @TCUMensTennis
W Tennis @TCUWomensTennis
Track & Field @TCUTrackField
Beach Volleyball @TCUBeachVB
Volleyball @TCUvolleyball