Horned Frogs Head to No. 21 Oklahoma Wednesday

Jan. 29, 2013

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TCU (7-11; 0-7) vs. Oklahoma (15-4; 5-2)

 Date (Time)  Wednesday, Jan. 30 (7:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Lloyd Noble Center | Norman, Okla.
 TV
 Fox Sports Southwest / FCS Central
 TV Talent
 Chad McKee (Play-By-Play); Billy Tubbs (Color)
 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  Oklahoma leads, 13-3
 Last Meeting  Jan. 9, 2013 (L, 79-85)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue its two-game road swing Wednesday at No. 21 Oklahoma, beginning at 7:00 p.m. from the Lloyd Noble Center. The Horned Frogs will look to record their first conference win this season and eighth overall after falling to Texas Tech in their last outing, 53-42. 

Wednesday's showdown will be shown live nationally on Fox Sports Southwest with Chad McKee (Play-By-Play) and former TCU men's coach Billy Tubbs (Color) calling the action live. 

The Horned Frogs will look to even the season series after falling earlier this month in Fort Worth, 85-79. TCU and the Sooners will meet for the 17th time in program history Wednesday night. 

The Opponent
No. 21 Oklahoma comes into Wednesday with a 15-4 overall record and 5-2 mark in conference play after falling to No. 1 Baylor, 82-65. Against the Bears, the Sooners hit 11 three pointers and were carried on the night by junior Aaryn Ellenberg's season-high 33 points.

On the season, Oklahoma ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage, shooting almost 40 percent from behind the arc. Individually, Ellenberg is averaging 19.7 points per game, while shooting 46 percent from three-point land. Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook are also averaging double-figures, scoring 10.7 and 10.4 points a contest, respectively. 

The Series
TCU and Oklahoma will meet for the 17th time in program history Wednesday. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 13-3, but the Horned Frogs have won two out of the last six meetings. On Wednesday, the Frogs will look to record their first win in Norman in program history. 

Return To Sender
Junior Latricia Lovings had a breakout game against Texas Tech, recording a new career-high in blocks with nine. Her nine blocks not only ranked as the fourth-best mark in program history, but it is also tied for the best mark in Big 12 conference play this season with Baylor's Brittney Griner. It currently sits as the second-best block performance in the NCAA this season, trailing only Winthrop's Schaquilla Nunn who posted 10 against Mississippi State in November. Lovings currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in blocked shots per game.

Coming Of Age 
After 18 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked as many shots as she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 68 shots. She has also surpassed her total from a year ago in rebounds. In 30 games a year ago, the junior grabbed a total of 169 rebounds, while this season she has already corralled 184 boards.

More On Medley
Zahna Medley has hit the 20-point mark four times this season, which is the most of any freshman in the Big 12. She closed out the first half of the K-State game by scoring 11 of the Frog's final 21 points, then recorded 10 of the team's final 16 in the contest. Medley is the only rookie in the Big 12 to rank in the top 11 in scoring and assists.

Newcomers Making Headway
During a stretch of play against Kansas State at the DMC, freshmen Zahna Medley and Kamy Cole combined to score the last 21 points of the first half for the Purple and White. During conference action, the duo has scored 40 percent of the Frogs scoring. In the last four games alone, Medley and Cole have accounted for 45 percent of the Frogs scoring. In all, the five newcomers have combined to score 70 percent of the Frogs 198 points in the last three outings against Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

Keep Her On The Court
Sophomore Natalie Ventress, who had not missed a single free throw during conference action prior to the Texas Tech game, has played in a total of 48 games during her short career, starting 46 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 37-straight contests. 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 25-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 157 for her career. The junior, who closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest, needs only one more block 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 Oklahoma 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.

Headlines To Look At
During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs are 233-33 when leading at the half. TCU is also 136-3 when leading by 10+ at the half. 

Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 78-2 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 184-18 when the opponent scores 60 or less.

The Last Time Out
Junior Latricia Lovings recorded the fourth-most blocks in a single-game in program history Sunday afternoon, but TCU dropped a 53-42 decision to Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena.

In a physical back and fourth game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated, the Horned Frogs cut the Lady Raider lead to seven with 5:14 remaining in the contest, but couldn't complete the comeback despite forcing Texas Tech into 18 turnovers and 33.3 percent from the floor, which is a season-low in conference play.

TCU, who trailed 27-25 at the half after being up by five with two minutes to go in the opening frame, moved to 7-11 overall and 0-7 in league play, while the Lady Raiders improved to 16-4 and 6-2 in conference action. Texas Tech is receiving votes in the AP poll.

On the day, Lovings posted a new career-high nine blocks, while also tallying six points and seven boards. 

Donielle Breaux and Zahna Medley led the Frogs on the offensive end of the court Sunday. Both scored nine points apiece, respectively. Sophomore Natalie Ventress followed with eight on 3-of-5 shooting from the field. 

Up Next
TCU returns home to face Texas Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT. The game will show live on Fox Sports Net.  

 


 

 


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