TCU Ready for West Virginia Tuesday Night

Jan. 14, 2013


TCU (7-8; 0-4) vs. West Virginia (10-5; 2-2)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday, Jan. 15 (6 p.m. CT)
 Location  WVU Coliseum | Morgantown, W.Va.
 Root Sports
 TV Talent
 Hoppy Kercheval (Play-By-Play); Warren Baker (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  West Virginia leads, 2-0
 Last Meeting  Nov. 25, 2010 (L, 49-62)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU continues life on the road Tuesday night at West Virginia, starting at 6:00 p.m. CT. The Horned Frogs will look to move to 8-8 on the year and record their first win in league play after falling to No. 24 Iowa State last Saturday.  

Tuesday's game will be shown live on Root Sports with Hoppy Kercheval (Play-By-Play) and Warren Baker (Color) calling the action live.   

TCU and the Mountaineers will play for only the third time in program history Tuesday. The Horned Frogs last met West Virginia in 2010 at the Paradise Jam. The Frogs dropped a 62-49 decision in the Virgin Islands. TCU has never played at WVU Coliseum prior to Tuesday's conference tilt.  

The Opponent
West Virginia comes into Tuesday's contest with a 10-5 overall record and 2-2 mark in conference play after dropping Kansas State, 66-52. Against the Wildcats, WVU out-rebounded K-State, 41-26, and pulled away thanks in large part to a 15-2 run during the second half. Guard Christal Caldwell led the way in the contest with 19 points, while also grabbing nine boards. Ayana Dunning chipped in with 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. 

On the season,  West Virginia, winners of two-straight, has been carried by Caldwell who is averaging 12.2 points per contest, while Taylor Palmer is scoring 11.9 points per game. Finally, Dunning is the only other Mountaineer in double-figures with 10.9 points a game, while shooting almost 50 percent from the field.

The Series
TCU and West Virginia will meet for only the third time in program history Tuesday. The Horned Frogs last played the Mountaineers in 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. In 2010, No. 21 TCU dropped a physical back-and-fourth 62-49 contest to No. 10 West Virginia. In the only other meeting, the Frogs fell 73-61 in 1989 at the Lady Deacon Classic in North Carolina. 

The Second Time Around
Senior Delisa Gross and junior Meagan Henson are the only two players on the TCU roster to have played West Virginia prior to Tuesday's game.

Keep Her On The Court
Sophomore Natalie Ventress, who has not missed a single free throw during conference action going 12-of-12 from the line, has played in a total of 45 games during her short career, starting 43 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 34-straight contests prior to Tuesday's outing at West Virginia. The last time Ventress didn't start a game was Dec. 20, 2011 against Tulsa. The next closest Horned Frog to start that many consecutive games is junior Latricia Lovings who has started 22-straight.

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.

Help Is On The Way
TCU outscored Iowa State off the bench Saturday night, 24-8, marking the third-straight game in which the Frogs have outscored a conference foe off the bench. In all, TCU outscored K-State, Oklahoma and Iowa State a combined, 61-21. On the year, the Frogs have made opponents pay off the bench a total of 10 times, while outscoring all opponents off the bench, 304-209.

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 141 for her career. The junior, who closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest, needs only 17 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 West Virginia 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 fifth road game of the season Tuesday when it travels to West Virginia, having been to Iowa State, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Texas State. Since the 2009-10 season, TCU is 17-19 away from home overall and 13-12 in conference games. Tuesday's tilt with the Mountaineers will also mark only the third time the Frogs have played outside the state of Texas this season.

Chucking It From The Cheap Seats
TCU has seemed to make a home from behind the arc during play this season, hitting 115 three pointers. Below is a closer look at the Horned Frogs' three-point barrage:

Team Notes
• 40 percent of the shots taken have come from three. 
• TCU is attempting 24.1 triples per contest.  
• 36 percent of TCU's baskets made have been by three.
• 23.1 point per game have come from behind the arc.  
• TCU attempted 32 three's against Baylor, which ranks as the fifth most in school history. 
• TCU has hit 12 or more three's in a single-game four-straight years.

Individual Notes
• 70 percent of Zahna Medley's makes this season have come from three-point land. 
• 68.5 percent of Zahna Medley's attempts this season have come from three.  
• 60 percent of Kamy Cole's buckets have come from behind the arc. 
• In conference action, Medley has scored 11 of her 13 field goals from behind the arc.
• Sophomore Natalie Ventress has scored seven of her 11 field goal attempts from three during league play.

Last Time Out
TCU came up short Saturday night, falling to No. 24 Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum, 68-52.

It was a tale of two halves for the Horned Frogs Saturday as they shot 42.9 percent from the field during the first half, but couldn't connect on a couple of key possessions midway through the second frame of play. 

On the night, TCU trailed at the break by five, but Iowa State showed why they are currently ranked in the top 25, going on a 17-3 run to open the second half. A young Horned Frog squad appeared to have stymied the Cyclone run, cutting it back down to 14 at the 10-minute mark, but a veteran led Iowa State team responded in front of an electric 9,745 in attendance to ultimately come away with the victory.

Zahna Medley led TCU on the night with 11 points, which included the Illinois native going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Fellow freshman Kamy Cole chipped in with nine points, while sophomore Donielle Breaux added seven. 

For a majority of the night, the Frogs' bench did most of the damage, outscoring Iowa State, 24-8, but couldn't get over the hump in the end. With the loss, TCU fell to 7-8 overall and 0-4 in league play.

Up Next
TCU will return home to take on Kansas State Saturday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. 




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