TCU Hosts Kansas State Saturday Night

Jan. 18, 2013

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TCU (7-9; 0-5) vs. Kansas State (10-7; 1-4)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Jan. 19 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 None
 TV Talent
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 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play), Jeff Lewis (Color)
 Stats  Live Stats
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  Series is tied at 1-1
 Last Meeting  Jan. 5, 2013 (L, 58-59)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home Saturday to face Kansas State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will look to record their first conference win this season and eighth overall after falling to West Virginia in their last outing, 58-50.

The Frogs and Wildcats will be playing for only the third time in program history Saturday and for the first time in Fort Worth. TCU claimed a 71-62 victory in 1999 at the Women's Sports Foundation Basketball Classic in Sprinfield, Mo., but dropped a heartbreaking 59-58 decision earlier this month in Manhattan, Kan.

The Opponent
Kansas State comes into Saturday's outing with a 10-7 overall record and 1-4 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats' lone conference win came against TCU earlier this month. In its last outing, K-State dropped a 90-69 decision to No. 1 Baylor Wednesday. Against the Bears, the Wildcats went 13-of-44 from deep, while shooting 83.3 from the charity stripe. Individually, All-Big 12 candidate Brittany Chambers led the way with 23 points, while Ashia Woods tallied 11 points and six boards.

On the season, Chambers has carried the K-State offensive attack, averaging 18.8 points per game and 7.4 rebounds a contest. Haley Texada is the only other Wildcat in double-figures with 11.8 points a game. Kansas State is coached by Deb Patterson who has guided K-State to 10 postseason appearances during the last 11 seasons.

The Series
TCU and Kansas State will meet for only the third time in program history Saturday. The series is currently tied at 1-1. Earlier this month, Kansas State scored with five seconds left to escape with a 59-58 victory at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. In 1999, TCU garnered a 71-62 decision over the Wildcats in Springfield, Mo.

The Last Time
TCU took a 58-54 lead late in the game earlier this month, but fell in heartbreaking fashion as Kansas State scored with five seconds left to escape with a 59-58 victory at Bramlage Coliseum. Following a turnover by the Horned Frogs, K-State's Chantay Caron scored two of her nine points down low to ultimately seal the Wildcat victory.

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. Lovings' 16 points is a new career-high for the Fort Worth native, while she fell one board short of tying her previous career-high in rebounds.

Freshmen Stepping Up
In its last outing against West Virginia, TCU was led by freshman Veja Hamilton who scored a career-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Upon further review, Hamilton combined with fellow freshmen Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley to score 35 of the Horned Frogs' 50 points. The trio also combined to record five of TCU's six assists against the Mountaineers. Against Iowa State, the quartet of Cole, Caitlin Diaz, Hamilton and Medley posted 10 of the Purple and White's 17 field goals, while hitting four of the six three-pointers in Ames, Iowa.

Closing Out Games
In every game of TCU's five-game conference slate except for No. 1 Baylor, the Frogs have had several chances to record a conference win. Below is a look at the Horned Frogs late game action in conference play.

K-State: TCU led by four with 58 seconds left in the contest. The Horned Frogs led at the break, 31-26.
Oklahoma: TCU led by one with 1:50 left in the game. The Horned Frogs led at the half, 44-39.
Iowa State: TCU trailed by five at halftime, 29-24.
West Virginia: TCU trailed by two with 2:24 left in the game. The game was tied at 27-27 at halftime.

From Way Downtown
The Horned Frogs have continued to shoot the three-ball with consistency all year. In all, the Frogs have hit 10 or more three's in a single-game five times this season, including two games in which TCU connected on 12 triples. The Frogs record in those contests is 3-2. The only losses during that stretch came against Kansas State and Oklahoma.

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 46 games during her short career, starting 44 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 35-straight contests prior to Saturday's outing against Kansas State. 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 23-straight.

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 146 for her career. The junior, who closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest, needs only 12 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 Kansas 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.

Last Time Out
In a physical game back and fourth game, TCU forced West Virginia into 24 turnovers Tuesday night, but couldn't make enough plays down the stretch, dropping a close 58-50 decision to the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs, who battled West Virginia all night, overcame a fast start by the Mountaineers and went to intermission tied at 27-27. TCU trailed by only two with 2:24 remaining in the game, but couldn't get over the hump in the end, falling to 7-9 overall and 0-5 in league play. West Virginia improved to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference games.

On the night, the Purple and White controlled the paint, outscoring WVU, 20-16. The Frogs also held a 13-8 advantage in second-chance points. Junior Latricia Lovings dominated down low, blocking five shots, while also grabbing 13 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end of the court. The Fort Worth native continually throughout the contest hounded the Mountaineers into bad shots time and time again.

Freshman Veja Hamilton led the way for the Frogs with a new career-high 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field.

Up Next
TCU will return to the road to face Texas Tech on Sunday, Jan. 27. Tip-off is set for Noon.




 

 


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