Jan. 28, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team returns to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at 7 p.m., on Wednesday when it plays host to No. 11 Oklahoma State.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU dropped a 63-52 decision to Oklahoma in Norman on Saturday evening to drop to 12-7 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play.
The Horned Frogs struggled offensively, shooting just 24 percent from the field, including a 4-of-25 (16%) effort in the first half.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress paced TCU with 14 points, connecting on a season-best four 3-pointers on eight attempts while tying a season high with three steals.
Junior guard Donielle Breaux scored in double figures for the seventh time this season with 11 points, including a string of eight-straight points to cut the Oklahoma lead down to nine with under two minutes to play.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince played just 22 minutes due to foul trouble, but managed to score nine points and snag a season-best 10 rebounds. Prince was a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, which was a career best.
Oklahoma State is coming off of just its second loss of the season, falling to No. 10 Baylor on Sunday in overtime to drop to 17-2 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play.
The Cowgirls enter Wednesday's contest ranked No. 11 in both national polls.
Oklahoma State averages over 75 points per game while limiting the opposition to a league-low 54.6 points per contest for the second-highest scoring margin (+20.8) in the Big 12.
OSU is one of the top shooting teams in the Big 12, ranking second in field-goal percentage (.440) and third in 3-point percentage (.346).
OSU features one of the top defensive squads in the nation, leading the country in 3-point field-goal percentage defense (.213) while placing third in field-goal percentage defense (.335) and fourth in scoring defense (54.6).
The Cowgirls are also one of the league's toughest squads on the glass, ranking third overall in rebounding (45.1 rpg) and second in offensive rebounds (15.2).
Senior point guard Tiffany Bias paces the Cowgirls, leading OSU and ranking seventh in the league with 14.4 points per game while leading the Big 12 in assists (6.7 apg) and ranking second in steals (2.3 spg).
Junior forward Liz Donohue averages 12.0 points per game while sinking 37 3-pointers at the league's second-high rate (.425) and also places ninth in the Big 12 in rebounding (7.4 rpg).
Sophomore guard Brittney Martin is also scoring in double figures for the Cowgirls with 13.0 points per contest and leads the league with 2.7 steals while also grabbing 7.3 rebounds per game.
TCU vs. OSU - THE SERIES
TCU and Oklahoma State will meet for the eighth time overall and the second time this season, as the Cowgirls hold a 5-2 advantage in the series that dates back to the 1984-85 season.
Oklahoma State used a strong first half to top TCU by a score of 65-53 in the first meeting this season on Jan. 14 in Stillwater.
The Horned Frogs have won the only two contests against the Cowgirls held at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, posting a 97-63 rout on Dec. 18, 2007 while earning their first Big 12 victory against OSU by a score of 64-63 last season.
Both TCU victories in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum came against ranked Oklahoma State squads.
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 21st nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.4 points per game, while ranking sixth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.0 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 12 of its 19 opponents this season to under 35-percent shooting from the field and 15 of 19 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking sixth nationally with 6.1 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 10.2 steals per game, as five Horned Frogs rank among the top 15 steal-getters in the league. Junior forward Chelsea Prince leads the Big 12 in steals (2.3 spg) during conference play.
LT SAYS NO!
Senior Latricia Lovings has developed into one of the top defensive players in the country, currently ranking third nationally with 3.7 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 180 total rejections, eight ahead of Iona's Sabrina Jeridore.
With 269 total blocks in her career, Lovings ranks second in program history behind only TCU great Sandora Irvin's 480 swats.
Lovings has actually increased her production against Big 12 opponents, averaging 4.3 blocks in seven contests, including three games of six or more rejections.
Lovings has swatted at least one shot in 58 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.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
Junior guard Natalie Ventress has scored eight or more points in each of her last 11 games and is shooting 44 percent (49-of-111) from the field and 39 percent (21-of-54) from 3-point range after shooting just 22 percent from beyond the arc in the first six contests.
The Fort Worth native, who has 70 career starts and has played in 77 of 82 career games, connected on a season-best four 3-pointers on Saturday at Oklahoma and is just three treys shy of tying Adrienne Ross (2003-08) for seventh spot in school history.
Wednesday's contest against Oklahoma State will be streamed live on FrogVision with Chuck LaMendola and Logan Mittie calling the action, while fans can also listen to the contest 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.
Tickets for Wednesday's Big 12 contest against Oklahoma State 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.