TCU Hits The Road To Face Wyoming Wednesday

Chelsea Prince (4)

Chelsea Prince (4)

Jan. 30, 2012


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TCU Horned Frogs (11-10, 4-2 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 422-195 (11-10 Season)
School Record: 271-136 (13th Season)

Wyoming (7-12, 3-3 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Joe Legerski
Wyoming Career Record: 167-102 (7-12 season)

Location: Laramie, Wyo. • Arena: Arena-Auditorium 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Wyoming - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated New Mexico, 63-56
Television: None
Television Talent: None
Live Video: http://wyomingathletics.com/allaccess  
Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess 
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. Wyoming:  TCU leads, 10-6
Last Meeting vs. Wyoming: Feb. 12, 2011 (W, 65-54)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will look to win its fourth-straight contest Wednesday night at Wyoming. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT from the Cowgirls' Arena-Auditorium. The Horned Frogs will look to garner their fourth-straight victory over Wyoming Wednesday night and their sixth in seven tries in the all-time series. 

The Opponent
Wyoming comes into Wednesday's contest with a 7-12 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the Mountain West after downing Boise State in its last outing, 84-64. Against the Broncos, junior Chaundra Sewell led four players in double-figures with a 19-point, 10 rebound outing. Sewell has led the way for the Cowgirls this season, averaging 13.1 points per game, while Ashley Sickles is having a solid junior campaign with 12.3 points per game and 6.2 boards.

The Series
TCU and Wyoming will be meeting for the 17th time in program history Wednesday. TCU currently leads the all-time series at 10-6 and have won three-straight heading into Wednesday. Overall, TCU, who has won three out of the last four in the series, went 2-0 against the Cowgirls last season, winning 68-47 in Laramie before closing out the year with a 65-54 decision at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
TCU out-rebounded New Mexico in its last outing, 29-25. The Frogs are now 6-1 on the year when out-rebounding the opposition. Overall, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 172-34 (.835) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding an opponent, including 27-5 the last three season's alone. 

Second Half Success
TCU has outscored its first half total for points 13 different times this season, including three out of the last four games. The Frogs, who have won eight games this season and two-straight when doing so, have scored 91 more points in the second half of games this winter entering Wednesday's contest. 

A Look At Streaks
With its current three-game winning streak, TCU is approaching chartered territory. Under head coach Jeff Mittie, the Frogs' longest winning-streak is 11 games, which took place during the 2000-2001 season. Current director of operations Ebony Gilliam was a part of that squad.

Stepping Up Intensity
During the last six games, the Frogs, who have forced 61 turnovers in the last three games combined, have turned up their defensive pressure, which has helped them open the conference season with a 4-2 record. During MWC play, opponents have shot 40 percent or lower in three out of the last six games, including two out of the last three. Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last three outings, TCU has shutdown Boise State, Air Force and New Mexico, respectively, from deep. The Frogs forced the three teams to go a combined 11-of-38 (.289) from behind the arc.

Road Warriors
Coming off back-to-back victories at Boise State and Air Force, TCU, who has played three out of its first six conference games away from the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, will be looking for its third-straight victory on the road Wednesday at Wyoming. TCU's longest Mountain West road winning-streak is five games, which happened in 2007-08. 

Defense Is The Name Of The Game
Against Air Force, the Horned Frogs forced the Falcons into 29 turnovers, which is a season-high for an opponent against the Frogs. By forcing Air Force into 29 turnovers, it marked the most since TCU engaged Colorado State into 31 last January. Most of those turnovers came off of steals as the Purple and White ramped up their defensive pressure to the tune of stealing the rock 19 times. TCU's 19 steals were the most since the Frogs posted 20 against Cornell in 2006.

Getting To Intermission On Top A Key
In 21 games, TCU has shown that if it can get to the halftime break with a lead or tied then ultimately the Horned Frogs will come away with a victory, going 9-1 this season when leading or tied at the break. The only loss came at the hands of Hartford when the Purple and White led by three at the break. When TCU hasn't led at intermission, the Frogs are 2-9 overall, with its only victories coming after trailing by eight to Sam Houston State and at Air Force by one.

NCAA Stats Update
As the Frogs entered this week's games, TCU ranked in the top 50 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (No. 18 - .344) and blocked shots per game (No. 11 - 6.0). Individually, sophomore Latricia Lovings currently sits No. 37 in the nation in blocks per game (2.2), while Natalie Ventress ranks No. 48 in free throw percentage (.846).

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Wyoming game can follow the game live via Gametracker and radio. 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
TCU continued its winning ways Saturday afternoon by downing New Mexico at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 63-56.

With the win, the Horned Frogs, who have now won three-straight, moved to 11-10 overall and 4-2 in the Mountain West, while the Lobos dropped to 6-14 and 0-6 in league play.

For a majority of the day, the Frogs used a balanced scoring attack, which helped them shoot 50 percent from the field for the game, including a season-high 58.3 percent in the first half. In all, freshman Ashley Colbert carried the way for the Frogs Saturday, scoring 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Senior Antoinette Thompson was also in double-figures with 10 points, while Natalie Ventress, Briesha Wynn and Chelsea Prince each added nine apiece, respectively.

The scrappy Frogs did most of their damage down low Saturday as TCU overwhelmed the Lobos inside the paint to the tune of holding a 38-18 advantage in points in the paint. TCU, who led by as many as 12 Saturday, saw their substantial lead dwindle to two points with 2 minutes to go in the contest, but the Frogs closed the game on a 10-3 run to capture their fourth victory in five tries over New Mexico. Thompson spearheaded the Frog attack down the stretch as she scored six of her 10 points in the final minute of the game.

Up Next
TCU will return home to face San Diego State Saturday at 2:00 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (Play-By-Play) and Tammy Blackburn (Color) calling the action live.  

 


 

 


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