TCU Rolls Past Sam Houston State, 78-46

Freshman forward Jada Butts posted career highs of eight points and eight rebounds

Dec. 20, 2013

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  1 2 F
 SHSU 20 26 46
 TCU 38 40 78

Quick Stats
 Points 78 46
 Field Goals 29 13
 3-Point Field Goals 4 3
 Free Throws 16 17
 Rebounds 41 39
 Fouls 17 21
 Assists 16 8
 Turnovers 14 16
 Blocks 9 2
 Steals 6 3

Stat Leaders
 TCU Points Reb. Ast. Stl.
Zahna Medley 18 4 3 1
Jada Butts 8 8 1 1
 SHSU Points Reb. Ast. Blks.
Angela Beadle 12 6 2 0
Jasmine Johnson 12 1 4 0

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team used a strong defensive performance to post a 78-46 rout of Sam Houston State on Friday evening for its fourth-consecutive win to improve to 8-3 overall this season.

The Horned Frogs held the Bearkats to the lowest field-goal percentage (24.1) and points (46) allowed this season while registering nine blocks.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led TCU with a game-high 18 points, going 5-of-12 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line with three assists.

Senior center Latricia Lovings posted nine points off a 4-of-6 effort from the field and swatted four shots, while junior guard Natalie Ventress also posted nine points in the win.

The Frogs jumped out to an 8-0 lead following 3-pointers from Medley and Ventress and never looked back en route to a 38-20 halftime advantage.

Medley posted three points the old-fashioned way after converting a layup and drawing the foul to double the Bearkats up at 28-14 with just under five minutes remaining, and junior guard Donielle Breaux extended the lead to 33-16 with a bucket from distance less than a minute later.

Medley rounded out the first half by driving the lane for a layup with five seconds remaining.

The two teams went back-and-forth through the early portion of the second half before junior forward Chelsea Prince provided more cushion, finding freshman center Klara Bradshaw in the paint for the easy bucket before connecting on back-to-back jumpers to push out to a 58-33 advantage.

Sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz gave TCU its biggest lead of the evening at 73-41 after scoring six-straight points for the Horned Frogs en route to a career-best eight points.

Freshman forward Jada Butts also notched a career high on the night with eight points while leading the squad with a career-best eight rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.

For the second-straight game the Frogs shot over 50 percent from the field, going 29-of-57 (51 percent) while converting 16 of 25 attempts from the charity stripe.

The Horned Frogs return to action at 7 p.m., on Dec. 28 to close out the non-conference slate against Prairie View A&M at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

• TCU improved to 11-4 all-time against Sam Houston State and won its 11th-consecutive contest against the Bearkats.
• The Horned Frogs improved to 8-3 overall, marking their best start since the 2009-10 squad began the season 12-3.
• TCU remained unbeaten at home with a record of 7-0, marking the best home start since the 2009-10 team went a perfect 15-0 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
• TCU held Sam Houston State to a season-low 46 points, marking the fourth opponent this season that failed to score 50 points.
• The Horned Frogs limited Sam Houston State to a season-low 24.1 percent from the field, as 10 of the 11 opponents this season have failed to shoot higher than 35 percent.
• With 18 points, sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the eight time in 11 games this season and the 27th time in her career.
• Medley connected on two 3-pointers, hitting at least two buckets from long distance for the fifth time this season.
• Sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz tallied a career-best eight points in just eight minutes, surpassing her previous high of six set against SMU this season.
• Freshman forward Jada Butts recorded career highs with eight points and eight rebounds, leading the squad on the glass.
• Senior center Latricia Lovings posted four more blocks on Friday, swatting at least four shots in five of the 11 contests this season. Lovings has recorded 20 rejections over the last four games.



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