TCU Hits the Road Saturday Night at Iowa State

Jan. 10, 2013


TCU (7-7; 0-3) vs. Iowa State (11-2; 2-1)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Jan. 12 (6 p.m. CT)
 Location  Hilton Coliseum | Ames, Iowa
 TV Talent
 Rich Fellingham (Play-By-Play); Molly Parrott (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play)
 Stats  Live Stats
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  Iowa State leads, 2-0
 Last Meeting  Nov. 26, 2010 (L, 59-64)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open a two-game road swing Saturday night against No. 24 Iowa State at 6:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will look to move to 8-7 on the year and garner their first win in league play after falling to No. 14 Oklahoma in their last outing, 85-79. 

Saturday's Big 12 tilt will be shown live on with Rich Fellingham (Play-By-Play) and Molly Parrott (Color) calling the action live.   

TCU and the Cyclones will play for only the third time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs last met Iowa State in 2010 at the Paradise Jam. The Frogs dropped a 64-59 decision in the Virgin Islands.   

The Opponent
Iowa State comes into Saturday's showdown with an 11-2 overall record and 2-1 mark in conference play after dropping a 67-39 outing to No. 1 Baylor on Wednesday. Against the Bears, Nikki Moddy scored a team-high 11 points, while Brynn Williamson chipped in with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field. ISU had won six-straight before Wednesday's loss to Baylor. 

On the season, All-Big 12 candidate Hallie Christofferson has led the way for the Cyclones, averaging 13.8 points per game, while grabbing 7.0 boards. Chelsea Poppens has also been solid as of late, scoring 11.9 points a contest and 9.4 boards a game. 

The Series
TCU and Iowa State will meet for only the third time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs last played the Cyclones in 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. In 2010, now staff member Emily Carter netted a game-high 21 points, but No. 21 TCU fell, 64-59. In the only other meeting in Ames, the Frogs dropped an 88-60 decision in 1986.

Passing The Rock
Freshman Zahna Medley recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 assists against Oklahoma. By dishing out 13 assists, Medley set a new school and DMC record for assists in a single-game. Her 13 assists broke Emma Wilson's 12 against SMU on Jan. 25, 1997. She fell just three assists short of tying the men's record for assists in a single-game of 16. They were also the most assists in a single-game since former Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir dropped 11 against Texas A&M-CC in 2010.

Medley recorded the most assists in a single-game by a freshman in league play this season.
Her 13 assists is the top-mark among league players in a single-game during conference action.
Medley's 13 assists ranks as the sixth-best performance in the NCAA this season.
Medley and Oklahoma State's Tiffany Bias are the only two players in the conference to have 13 assists in a single-game this season.

Starting Out Strong
When TCU takes on No. 24/25 Iowa State Saturday, it will mark the second time in program history that the Horned Frogs have played four-straight opponents either ranked or receiving votes in the national polls at the time of the game. TCU has never opened up conference play against four opponents either ranked or receiving votes in program history. Below is a look at the only two times TCU has played four-straight teams:

• 2005-06: Nov. 26-Dec. 6 (No. 7/8 North Carolina; No. 20/19 Oklahoma; No. 25/RV USC; No. 2/2 Duke)
• 2012-13: Jan. 2-Jan. 12 (No. 2/2 Baylor; --/RV Kansas State; No. 14/16 Oklahoma; No. 24/25 Iowa State)

Help Is On The Way
TCU outscored Oklahoma off the bench Wednesday night, 22-2, marking the second-straight game in which the Frogs have outscored a conference foe off the bench. In all, TCU outscored K-State and Oklahoma a combined, 37-13. On the year, the Frogs have made opponents pay off the bench a total of nine times, while outscoring all opponents off the bench, 280-201.

Conference Notes Under Mittie
TCU will look to garner its first Big 12 win Saturday night against Iowa State. In all, the Frogs have never started league play under head coach Jeff Mittie with an 0-4 mark. TCU started the 2002-03 season 0-3 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 and has never lost four in-a-row.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Iowa State 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
On a night that featured six ties and 18 lead changes, a young TCU squad took No. 14 Oklahoma down to the wire Wednesday, but came up just short, falling in the closing minute to the Sooners at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 85-79.

In a back and fourth game, the Horned Frogs, who led by one with 1:50 showing on the clock Wednesday, simply could not miss, shooting a season-high 44.6 percent from the field, including a whopping 12-of-27 from behind the arc for 44.4 percent. During the first half alone, TCU shot 53.3 percent from three-point land on 8-of-15 shooting from the field. The Frogs' 12 triples tied a DMC record, while also ranking as the fifth-most in a single-game in program history. TCU also totaled a season-high 22 assists on the night, which was spearheaded by freshman Zahna Medley's new school and DMC record 13 assists. Her 13 assists were the most since Emma Wilson dished out 12 against SMU on Jan. 25, 1997.

Individually, Natalie Ventress simply could not be stopped Wednesday, scoring a new career-high 27 points on 8-of-14 from the floor, including 5-of-7 from deep. By scoring 27 points, the sophomore has now posted nine career 20-point games. She did most of her damage in the first half where she connected for 23 points, while going 5-of-6 from three.

Up Next
TCU will stay on the road to take on West Virginia Tuesday, Jan. 15. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT. 




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