TCU Ready for No. 16 Oklahoma Wednesday

Jan. 8, 2013


TCU (7-6; 0-2) vs. Oklahoma (12-2; 2-0)

 Date (Time)  Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 Fox Sports Southwest +
 TV Talent
 Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play); Janice Dziuk (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
 Stats  Gametracker
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  OU leads, 12-3
 Last Meeting  Dec. 28, 2011 (L, 54-82)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue play in the Big 12 with a home game against No. 16 Oklahoma on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will look to move to 8-6 on the year and garner their first win in league play after falling to Kansas State in their last outing, 59-58. 

Wednesday's game will be will be shown live on Fox Sports Southwest + with Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play) and former Horned Frog great Janice Dziuk (Color) calling the action live.   

TCU and Oklahoma will play for the 16th time in program history Wednesday. The Horned Frogs dropped an 82-54 decision last season, but upended the Sooners during their last trip to the DMC in 2011, 76-69.  

The Opponent
Oklahoma comes into Wednesday's outing with a 12-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in conference play after dropping Texas in its last outing, 78-70. Against the Longhorns, OU's Aaryn Ellenberg and Morgan Hook led the way with 18 and 17 points apiece, respectively.

On the season, Ellenberg is averaging 17.9 points per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field, including 47.5 percent from behind the arc. Nicole Griffin has also been solid with 11.4 points per game, while grabbing 4.8 boards a contest.  The Sooners were dealt a huge blow earlier this year as All-America candidate and Fort Worth native Whitney Hand suffered a season-ending injury.

The Series
TCU and Oklahoma will meet for the 16th time in program history Wednesday. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 12-3, but the Horned Frogs have won two out of the last five meetings. In the conference foes last meeting at the DMC, TCU scored a 76-69 victory over Oklahoma.  

Against The Sooners
Senior Delisa Gross has had a solid career against the Sooners, especially on the glass. The Waco native is averaging 5.0 boards a contest against Oklahoma, while scoring a total of 19 points, including 11 the last time the two teams met inside the DMC. 

Conference Notes Under Mittie
TCU will look to go to 1-2 in Big 12 play Wednesday night against Oklahoma. In all, the Frogs haven't started league play with an 0-3 mark since the 2002-03 season when they fell to Houston, Cincinattie and Louisville. TCU has only lost three-straight games during a conference season once in Jeff Mittie's 14 years. 

Wednesday night's game also marks the first time in Mittie's tenure that the Frogs have played three-straight opponents either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls to open up a conference season. 

Pack The House
In its last home game against Baylor, TCU drew a new school-record 7,394 spectators. The 7,394 in attendance marked the largest crowd in DMC history for either a men's or women's game. The 7,394 broke the previous women's school record of 7,262, which was set against Tennessee in 2000. It also marked only the second time in program history the Frogs have had over 7,000 in attendance. The largest men's attendance is 7,267 in 2003 against now conference foe Kansas.

Getting To The Break
In 13 games, TCU has shown that if it can get to the halftime break with a lead then ultimately the Horned Frogs will come away with a victory, going 6-1 this season when leading at intermission. The only game the Frogs have won when trailing at the break was their 61-55 victory over UCF earlier this season. The Frogs trailed 29-23 at halftime. The only loss came at the hands of Kansas State. TCU led at the break 31-26, but ultimately fell, 59-58, in Manhattan. The Horned Frogs are an astonishing 16-3 the last two years when leading at intermission.

The Block Party Continues
Junior Latricia Lovings has become one of the NCAA's elite shot blockers in her short time at TCU. The Fort Worth native now has 137 for her career. The junior, who closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest, needs only 21 more blocks to overtake No. 2 all-time for a career in TCU history. Tiffany Evans recorded 157 from 2000-2004.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Oklahoma game can follow the game live via Gametracker and FrogVision. To access any of the above, go to the women's basketball schedule page and click on the respective links located on the right-hand side of the page. 

On The Road Again
TCU will be playing only its fourth road game of the season Saturday when it travels to Iowa State, having been to Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas State. Since the 2009-10 season, TCU is 17-18 away from home overall and 13-11 in conference games. Saturday's tilt with the Cyclones will also mark only the second time the Frogs have played outside the state of Texas this season.

Last Time Out
TCU took a 58-54 lead late in the game Saturday night, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as Kansas State scored with five seconds left to escape with a 59-58 victory at Bramlage Coliseum.

With 58 seconds left to go in the contest, freshman Zahna Medley appeared to have given the Horned Frogs their first win in Big 12 play, knocking down her third three of the game from the corner to give TCU a 58-54 lead, but K-State's Brianna Craig bounced right back, nailing a triple of her own to make the scoreboard read 58-57 in favor of TCU. During the stretch, the Frogs went on a 14-5 run. 

Following a turnover by the Purple and White, Kansas State's Chantay Caron scored two of her nine points down low to ultimately seal the Wildcat victory with five seconds left in the contest. Medley and the Frogs had one final chance to record the program's first conference win in Big 12 play, but came up short as the freshman's three as time expired fell short. 

In a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties, TCU was carried on the night by junior Latricia Lovings who recorded her second double-double of the season with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Up Next
TCU will travel to Iowa State Saturday for a 6:00 p.m. CT contest.  




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