TCU Returns Home to Host Texas on Sunday

Jan. 17, 2014

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | FOX Sports Southwest | TCU Notes | Texas Notes


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will return home following back-to-back road games to play host to Texas at 1 p.m., on Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.

The Horned Frogs (11-6, 2-3) look to get back on track after tough road matchups at No. 7 Baylor and No. 11 Oklahoma State.

TCU put together a strong second half after a slow start against the Cowgirls on Tuesday, cutting a 15-point halftime deficit down to five on two occasions before eventually falling by a score of 65-53.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley turned in another solid performance with a 17-point effort, marking the fourth time in five Big 12 games of scoring in double figures and the 13th overall this season.

Freshman forward Jada Butts registered a career-best 12 points to go with six rebounds in just 20 minutes and earned two 3-point plays against the Cowgirls in the second half.

Texas enters Sunday's contest having won three of its last four contests for a 12-5 overall mark and a 3-2 record in Big 12 play.

The Horned Frogs will once again face one of the league's top defenses, as the Longhorns lead the league and rank second nationally in field-goal percentage defense (32.8) while also placing second in the Big 12 in scoring defense (55.6 ppg). Texas' size around the basket make the Longhorns tough on the boards, as they rank third in the league in rebounding (45.2) and seventh in the nation in rebound margin (+12.6).

Six-foot-one junior forward Nneka Enemkpali leads Texas with 13.5 points and ranks second in the Big 12 with 8.2 rebounds per game, including a league-best 4.1 offensive rebounds per contest. Joining Enemkpali in the paint is six-foot-seven center Imani McGee-Stafford, who has added 10.4 points and 7.2 boards per game.

TCU and Texas will square off for the 33rd time in the series history that dates back to 1983, as the Horned Frogs will look for their first win on Sunday.

Prior to last season's two Big 12 contests, the two teams last met in 2002 and only twice since being members of the Southwest Conference.

The Frogs dropped a home decision to Texas last season by a score of 61-56 in a contest that TCU trailed by just one with a minute remaining before falling 59-46 to the Longhorns in Austin.

Sunday's contest against Texas will be aired live on FOX Sports Southwest with Chuck LaMendola and Janice Dziuk calling all of the action. Fans can also listen to the action on the radio broadcast 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.

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 24th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.6 points per game, while ranking ninth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 33.8 percent shooting from the field.

TCU has held 11 of the first 17 opponents this season to under 35-percent shooting from the field and 14 of 17 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking seventh nationally with 6.1 blocks per contest.

TCU also places second in the Big 12 with 9.7 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 10 steal-getters in the league.

Senior Latricia Lovings has developed into one of the top defensive players in the country, currently ranking sixth nationally with 3.6 blocks per game after finishing last season at No. 3 in the country with 3.6 blocks per contest.

Lovings has racked up the most blocks in the nation since the start of the 2012-13 season with 170 total rejections, 10 ahead of Iona's Sabrina Jeridore.

With 259 total blocks in her career, Lovings ranks second in program history behind only TCU great Sandora Irvin's 480 swats.

Lovings has racked up 16 single-game performances of five or more blocks in her career, including a career-best 10 rejections in TCU's contest against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 4, marking the fourth-highest total in school history.

The Fort Worth native's 10 blocks are the second-highest total in the country this season behind Jeriodore's 13, after posting the second-best block performance in the NCAA a year ago with nine against Texas Tech.

Tickets for Sunday's showdown with Texas can be purchased for as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth.

For more information, fans can click here or call 817-257-FROG.



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