Jan. 24, 2014
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla.
Lloyd Noble Center | Sooner Sports TV | TCU Notes
NORMAN, Okla. - Fresh off a historic win over Texas on Sunday, the TCU women's basketball team will hit the road to take on Oklahoma at 7 p.m., on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center.
Saturday's contest will be broadcast live on Sooner Sports TV. For complete channel listings, click here.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU topped Texas by a score of 54-48 on Sunday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum for the program's first-ever win over the Longhorns in the 33rd all-time meeting.
The Horned Frogs evened their Big 12 record at 3-3 with the win, surpassing last season's league win total in just the sixth contest.
TCU used the starting combination of Zahna Medley, Natalie Ventress, Chelsea Prince, Jada Butts and Latricia Lovings for the first time this season, and the scrappy group helped lead the Horned Frogs to a 30-18 halftime advantage.
TCU used a balanced effort to top Texas, as all five members of the starting lineup scored at least six points with at least five rebounds.
Medley led the Frogs with 12 points, all coming in the final 9:05 of the contest, for her 14th double-digit scoring performance of the season.
Medley missed on her first six attempts from long range before stepping back and draining a 3-pointer with just 1:17 remaining to put TCU back on top by two points.
Lovings also scored in double figures with 10 points to go with seven blocks. Lovings scored the go-ahead points on a layup with under 30 seconds remaining while swatting three shots in the final 40 seconds to secure the victory.
Following a 30-18 halftime lead, the Frogs failed to score for nearly nine minutes to open the second half and went back-and-forth with the Longhorns until Lovings' layup.
TCU limited the Longhorns to just 30-percent from the field, marking the 12th opponent to fail to shoot over 35 percent. The Horned Frogs also outscored the much larger Longhorns by a 32-14 advantage in the paint.
Oklahoma evened its Big 12 record to 3-3 on Tuesday with a 75-54 rout over No. 17 Iowa State in Ames.
TCU's defense will have a tough test on Saturday, as the Sooners rank second in the Big 12 in scoring offense with nearly 80 points per game while leading the league in field-goal percentage (45.4).
Oklahoma is averaging 41.5 rebounds per contest for a plus-4.9 margin on the glass while forcing 18.2 turnovers with 8.5 steals per game.
Senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg paces the Sooner attack with 19.8 points per game, ranking second in the league, while also leading the conference in 3-pointers per game (3.2) and placing seventh in 3-point percentage (.380).
Junior guard Sharane Campbell (12.6 ppg), senior center Nicole Griffin (11.1 ppg) and senior guard Morgan Hook (10.4 ppg) are also scoring in double figures. Griffin, a 6-6 center, ranks third in the Big 12 in field-goal percentage at over 60 percent, while Hook also places fourth in the league in assists (5.3 apg) and 10th in 3-point percentage (36.8).
TCU VS. OKLAHOMA - THE SERIES
TCU and Oklahoma will meet for the 18th time in the series that dates back to the 1991-92 season.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 14-3 margin and has won the last three meetings.
TCU will look to establish another first this season, as the Horned Frogs have never won in Norman in nine contests.
Oklahoma escaped Fort Worth by a score of 85-79 last season before posting a 74-53 victory in Norman in the first Big 12 meetings between the two schools a year ago.
If there's one thing Jeff Mittie's teams are known for, it's playing stifling defense, and that trend has continued this season.
The Horned Frogs currently rank 17th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.1 points per game, while ranking fifth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 33.6 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 12 of its 18 opponents this season to under 35-percent shooting from the field and 15 of 18 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fifth nationally with 6.2 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 10.0 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 12 steal-getters in the league.
Since 2010, seven different opponents have posted the lowest field goal percentages among the top-12 in program history against the Frogs.
LT SAYS NO!
Senior Latricia Lovings has developed into one of the top defensive players in the country, currently ranking third nationally with 3.8 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 177 total rejections, nine ahead of Iona's Sabrina Jeridore.
With 266 total blocks in her career, Lovings ranks second in program history behind only TCU great Sandora Irvin's 480 rejections.
Lovings has actually increased her production against Big 12 opponents, averaging 4.5 blocks in six contests, including three games of six or more rejections.
Lovings has swatted at least one shot in 57 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 1, 2012. TCU great Sandora Irvin holds the school record with 62-straight games with a block.
Lovings has racked up 17 single-game performances of five or more blocks in her career, including seven this season, and racked up 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.