Jan. 31, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will look to bounce back from Wednesday's dramatic loss when it plays host to No. 20 West Virginia at 7 p.m., on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
West Virginia topped No. 21 Iowa State on Wednesday to improve to 18-3 overall and 7-2 in Big 12 play.
The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 20 in the AP Top-25 Poll and No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
West Virginia features great size, as seven of 11 players that have seen action this season stand at 6-foot-1 or taller.
The Mountaineers are one of the league's top offensive squads, ranking third in scoring with over 76 points per game while also placing second in assists (15.6 apg) and offensive rebounds (15.1 rpg) and third in 3-point field goals per game (6.4) and scoring margin (+17.0). West Virginia excels at moving the basketball, as seven players have at least 24 assists this season.
West Virginia has also been stellar on the defensive end, allowing just 59.3 points per game, good for fourth in the league, while also ranking second in turnover margin (+3.7) and third in steals (8.4 spg). The Mountaineers also average nearly 42 rebounds per contest.
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes leads four Mountaineers that average double figures in scoring with 14.0 points per game, and is also the top 3-point threat, burying 42 treys at a 37-percent success rate.
Six-foot-4 senior center Asya Bussie mans the paint, averaging 13.2 points per game while shooting 52 percent from the field and ranking third in the league in blocks (2.3 bpg).
Holmes, Bussie and senior guards Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer all rank in the top 22 in the Big 12 in scoring.
TCU VS. WVU - THE SERIES
TCU and West Virginia have only met four times dating back to the first contest during the 1989-90 season, as the Mountaineers have won all four contests.
The Horned Frogs fell in both Big 12 games against WVU a year ago, dropping a 58-50 decision in Morgantown before falling 66-56 in the only previous contest played at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU dropped a heartbreaking 49-48 decision to 11th-ranked Oklahoma State on Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs led by as many as 13 in the first half and held a 34-29 advantage at the break.
Oklahoma State took its first lead of the game at the 10:31 mark of the second half and led by four with 6:03 left before sophomore guard Zahna Medley connected on her third 3-pointer of the night and followed with an assist to Veja Hamilton for a go-ahead layup with 2:57 remaining.
The Frogs forced four-straight OSU turnovers, including three after TCU regained the lead, but couldn't convert at the free-throw line as the Cowgirls hit the game-winning jumper with 7.6 seconds left.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress led TCU for the second-straight game with 12 points, while Medley added 11 and connected on three 3-pointers, marking the first time of hitting three or more treys since Dec. 28.
Senior center Latricia Lovings grabbed 12 rebounds, her second-highest total of the season, to go with eight points and four blocks. Lovings limited her counterpart in the paint to just two points and three rebounds.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince chipped in with eight points and buried a season-high two 3-pointers on three attempts.
TCU's defense was up to the challenge once again, holding the Cowgirls, who entered the contest averaging over 75 points per game, to a season-low 49 points.
Saturday's contest against West Virginia will be streamed live on FrogVision, 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 Saturday's Big 12 contest against West Virginia 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.