TCU Set to Face No. 7 Baylor on Saturday

Jan. 10, 2014

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Waco, Texas
Ferrell Center | TCU Notes | Baylor Notes


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will carry its recent momentum to Waco on Saturday when it takes on seventh-ranked Baylor at 7 p.m., at Ferrell Center.

The Horned Frogs won their second-straight Big 12 contest on Wednesday against Kansas, using a 16-0 run over the final four minutes to overcome an 11-point deficit.

Junior guard Donielle Breaux erupted against her former squad, posting a team-high 14 points, including a string of 10-consecutive points to cut the 11-point deficit down to one with just over two minutes remaining.

Senior center Latricia Lovings continued her strong play in Big 12 action with eight points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three steals while limiting Kansas' Chelsea Gardner to just eight points after entering the contest averaging 16.5 points.

Lovings reached two milestones on Wednesday, surpassing the 600-rebound and 250-block mark for her career and continues to lead the nation in blocks since the start of the 2012-13 season with 162 rejections.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley missed scoring in double figures for the first time over the last five games with seven points, but handed out nine assists, just one shy of her season high, including four on the final five TCU buckets.

Junior guard Natalie Ventress hit two of the biggest buckets of the contest, with each of her 3-pointers giving TCU the lead, including the go-ahead basket with just over a minute remaining, and is shooting 41 percent (13-of-32) from beyond the arc over the last seven contests.

Baylor enters Saturday's contest ranked No. 7 nationally with a 13-1 overall record, the lone blemish coming in a four-overtime shootout against No. 5 Kentucky.

The Bears lead 11 different statistical categories in the Big 12 and pace the nation in rebounding margin (+16.0) while placing second in the country in scoring with over 95 points per game and scoring margin at plus-32.1 points.

Baylor has scored over 100 points on five occasions and is shooting 46 percent from the field while handing out 21.2 turnovers compared to just 12.9 turnovers per game.

Senior guard Odyssey Sims leads the nation with 32.1 points per contest and is shooting 51 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free-throw line on 132 attempts. The six-time All-America selection is aided by freshman forward Nina Davis (14.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) and six-foot-four junior center Sune Agbuke (7.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg).

TCU and Baylor will match up for the 30th time in the series that dates back to 1983, as the Bears have won 24 of the 29 contests, including 12 of 14 in Waco.

The Frogs won five of seven contests from 1987 to 1990, but have dropped the last 14 contests, including both games against the Bears last season for the first two meetings since 1996.

If there's one thing Jeff Mittie's teams are known for, it's playing stifling defense, and that trend has continued into the 2013-14 season.

The Horned Frogs currently rank 15th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 55.6 points per game, while ranking fifth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 32.6 percent shooting from the field.

TCU has held 11 of the first 15 opponents this season to under 35-percent shooting from the field and 13 of 15 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fourth nationally with 6.3 blocks per contest.

TCU also leads the Big 12 with 10.3 steals per game, as five Horned Frogs rank among the top 15 steal-getters in the league.

Saturday's contest against Baylor will be broadcast live on the radio on KTCU 88.7 with Jeff Williams and Jeff Lewis on the call.

For live updates, fans can also follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.



    Cook Children's Albertsons
    Pepsi American Airlines