TCU Hosts No. 10 Iowa State in Big 12 Opener
Jan. 1, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will carry its five-game winning streak into the Big 12 opener at 7 p.m., on Thursday when the Horned Frogs play host to 10th-ranked and undefeated Iowa State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
TCU wrapped up its non-conference slate in a 76-47 victory over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 28, improving to 9-3 overall while remaining unbeaten at home with an 8-0 mark.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley registered a game-high 17 points highlighted by a 4-of-8 effort from 3-point range, marking the ninth time the Springfield, Ill., native reached double figures this season and the fifth time she connected on at least four treys.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince made the most out of her first start since March 2012, posting a season-best 15 points while freshmen Klara Bradshaw and Jada Butts also scored in double figures with 11 points apiece.
Thursday's matchup with the Cyclones will feature one of the league's top defenses against one of the most productive offenses, as TCU ranks third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (31.2), fourth in blocks per game (6.3) and 14th in scoring defense (54.9 ppg), while Iowa State places first in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (78.4), second in 3-point percentage (38.2) and fourth in scoring (81.5 ppg).
The Horned Frogs closed out their home schedule last season against Iowa State, ranked No. 23 at the time, and held on for a 61-58 victory as Medley (18) and senior Delisa Gross (15) scored in double figures to lead TCU.
The Cyclones have put up impressive offensive numbers to date, ranking fourth in the Big 12 with 81.5 points per game while leading the league in free-throw percentage (78.4) and placing second in 3-point percentage (38.2) and third in scoring margin (+24.7). Iowa State has connected on 110 3-pointers this season, which leads the Big 12 and is 23 more than the next closest squad.
Six-foot-three senior forward Hallie Christofferson paces the Cyclones with 21.8 points per contest, ranking second in the league, while also pulling down 7.9 rebounds per contest and shooting 53 percent from the field, which rank sixth and ninth in the league, respectively.
Iowa State's entire starting five is scoring in double figures through the opening 11 contests, while freshman guard Seanna Johnson is also grabbing a team-best 8.3 rebounds per game and junior guard Nikki Moody ranks fourth in the Big 12 in assists per game (6.0) to go along with her 11.5 points per contest.
The Horned Frogs claimed their first victory in the series in the last meeting between the two schools, holding on for a 61-58 win over the 23rd-ranked Cyclones in the home finale and first-ever meeting at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on March 2, 2013.
TCU will then return home to play host to Kansas on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
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