TCU Set To Tussle With Texas Saturday

Feb. 1, 2013

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TCU (7-12; 0-8) vs. Texas (8-11; 1-7)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Feb. 2 (11:30 a.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 Fox Sports Net
 TV Talent
 Ron Thulin (Play-By-Play); Brenda VanLengen (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  Texas leads, 30-0
 Last Meeting  Dec. 10, 2002 (L, 54-86)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to the hardwood Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. contest against Texas at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs will look to record their first conference win this season and eighth overall after falling to No. 20 Oklahoma Wednesday, 74-53.

Saturday's showdown will be shown live nationally on Fox Sports Net with Ron Thulin (Play-By-Play) and Brenda VanLengen (Color) calling the action live. 

The Horned Frogs will look to record their first win against Texas in program history Saturday. The Longhorns lead the all-time series, 30-0. In all, the two Texas schools haven't met since the 2002 season.  

The Opponent
Texas comes into Saturday's Big 12 contest with an 8-11 overall record and 1-7 mark in league play. In their last outing, the Longhorns recorded their first conference win by defeating Kansas State, 59-40. Against the Wildcats, Nneka Enemkpali led the way with a game-high 20 points and 16 boards. Imani McGee-Stafford just missed the 20-point mark, scoring 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while grabbing 11 rebounds. 

Texas, who starts three freshmen and is one of the youngest teams in the nation, has been led this season by Chassidy Fussell who has averaged 15.5 points a contest. Enemkpali is also having a solid season, scoring 14.3 points a game. During conference play, Fussell's scoring has dipped to 13.0 points a game.

The Series
TCU and Texas will be playing for the 31st time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs will look to garner their first win against the Longhorns Saturday. Texas leads the all-time series, 30-0. In the last meeting between the two schools, UT dismantled the Purple and White, 86-54. Now assistant coach Ebony Gilliam started the 2002 contest and saw 21 minutes of action against the Longhorns.

A Series Note
The last time UT and TCU met in Fort Worth was Dec. 28, 2000 at the Fort Worth Classic, which was held at the Fort Worth Convention Center. TCU and Texas haven't played at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since Jan. 13, 1996. 

The Difference
During the first half of action in conference games, the Frogs have connected on 12 more field goals when compared to its totals in the second frame of play. TCU has also hit six more three's in the opening period. In comparison, the Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 35 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 24 less shot attempts.

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 19 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked more shots then she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 72 shots compared to 68 last season. 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 193 boards. 

Pink Games Upcoming
TCU will host Kansas on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will be wearing pink uniforms against the Jayhawks in honor of the WBCA's Pink Zone Day, which is an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. TCU will also be a part of Baylor's Pink Zone game on Feb. 16. Fans wishing to purchase tickets for the Feb. 13 showdown may do so by going online to GoFrogs.com and entering the promo code: CURE.

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 in their last home outing 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 38 percent of the Frogs scoring. In the last five games alone, Medley and Cole have accounted for 44.2 percent of the Frogs scoring. In all, the five newcomers have combined to score 70 percent of the Frogs 251 points in the last five outings against Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

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 49 games during her short career, starting 47 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 38-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 26-straight.

Last Time Out
TCU dropped a 74-53 decision Wednesday night to No. 20 Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center. 

It was a tale of two halves for the Horned Frogs Wednesday night as TCU, who only trailed by three at intermission and opened the game on an 11-0 run, couldn't overcome some hot shooting by Oklahoma in the second half. In all, OU shot a blistering 62.5 percent in the second period, including 66.7 from deep.

Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs on the offensive end of the court with 18 points. Fellow freshman Veja Hamilton followed with 10 points, while sophomore Natalie Ventress added nine.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Texas 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. 

Up Next
TCU will return to the road Tuesday, Feb. 5 to take on Oklahoma State.  

 


 

 


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