Horned Frogs Return Home To Face San Diego State

Meagan Henson (5)

Feb. 3, 2012




TCU Horned Frogs (11-11, 4-3 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 422-196 (11-11 Season)
School Record: 271-137 (13th Season)

San Diego State (17-4, 7-0 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Beth Burns
San Diego State Career Record: 260-176 (17-4 season) 

Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • San Diego State - RV/NR
Last Time Out: TCU lost to Wyoming, 64-54
Television: CBS Sports Network
Television Talent: Brent Stover (Play-By-Play); Tammy Blackburn (Color)
Live Video: None  
Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess 
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. San Diego State:  TCU leads, 12-6
Last Meeting vs. San Diego State: Jan. 11, 2012 (L, 46-61)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open the second round of its conference schedule at home Saturday against San Diego State. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs, now winners of three out of their last four, have never lost to the Actes at home in eight tries and will be looking to avenge a 61-46 setback to SDSU in January. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, with Brent Stover (Play-By-Play) and Tammy Blackburn (Color) calling the action live from the DMC. 

Saturday also marks the WBCA's Pink Zone Day, which is an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Opponent
San Diego State comes into Saturday's contest with a 17-4 overall record and a 7-0 mark in the Mountain West after defeating Boise State in its last outing, 69-59. Against the Broncos, Courtney Clements led the way with 20 points and seven boards, while Chelsea Hopkins added 13 points and seven assists. Overall, SDSU is currently on a 13-game winning streak going into Saturday's game. Clements has led the way for the Actecs this season, averaging 17.2 points per game, while Kiyana Stamps is having a solid sophomore campaign with 10.1 points per game and 3.1 boards. 

The Series
TCU and San Diego State will be meeting for the 19th time Saturday. The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series, 12-6, and have won eight-straight over the Aztecs at home. Overall, the Frogs have won three out of the last five contests over San Diego State. 

Pink Zone Success
TCU will be wearing pink uniforms Saturday in honor of the WBCA's Pink Zone Day, which is an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The Frogs have fared nicely during the past couple of years when wearing pink in their uniform ensemble, going 4-0 since the 2007-08 season. TCU is also 1-0 in overtime games, while wearing pink uniforms, defeating New Mexico in extra periods in 2007-08, 59-51. 

Horned Frogs Open Strong In Second Half
The Frogs have gone undefeated in the opening-game of their second round of conference games since 2005-06. Overall, TCU is 6-0 during those games, which includes going 2-0 against San Diego State. The Frogs have defeated teams by an average of 15.8 points per game during that stretch. TCU has also averaged a grand total of 71.3 point per game during the previous six contests.

First Time Around
TCU dropped its conference opener earlier this year, falling to San Diego State at Viejas Arena, 61-46. The loss marked the first time since 2006 that the Horned Frogs had lost a conference opener and snapped a two-game winning streak over the Aztecs. In a game that saw five ties and 12 lead changes, TCU couldn't get over the hump, despite forcing 17 turnovers and limiting SDSU to only 33 percent from the field, including only seven made field goals for 21.9 percent in the first half. Antoinette Thompson led the way for the Frogs with 13 points and seven boards.

Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
TCU out-rebounded New Mexico in its last home 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 five games. The Frogs, who have won eight games this season and two out of the last three when doing so, have scored 45 more points in the second half of games this winter entering Saturday's contest. 

A Look At Streaks
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 seven games, the Frogs, who have forced 76 turnovers in the last four games combined, have turned up their defensive pressure, which has helped them open the conference season with a 4-3 record. During MWC play, opponents have shot 40 percent or lower in four out of the last seven games, including three out of the last four. 

Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last four outings, TCU has shutdown Boise State, Air Force, New Mexico and Wyoming, respectively, from deep. The Frogs forced the four teams to go a combined 15-of-50 (.300) from behind the arc.

Frogs Solid After A Loss In Mountain West
TCU is 20-3 all-time in Mountain West games following a conference loss. The only losses during that stretch came last season against Air Force and in 2007 against Wyoming and New Mexico, respectively. Overall, TCU has only lost two-straight MW regular-season games only three times since 2005-06. 

Getting To Intermission On Top A Key
In 22 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 9-2 this season when leading or tied at the break. The only losses came at the hands of Hartford and Wyoming when the Purple and White led by three and one 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.

Ventress Continues To Produce
Natalie Ventress, who has scored 20+ points three out of the last six games, has led TCU in scoring 10 out of the last 13 games, including a 21-point showing against Air Force. So far this season, the freshman has led the Frogs in scoring 12 times, becoming the first Horned Frog freshman to lead the Purple and White in scoring in 12 games since former Horned Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir carried TCU in eight games during the 2007-08 season.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the San Diego State 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 saw its three-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 64-54 setback to Wyoming at the Cowgirls Arena Auditorium.

With the loss, the Horned Frogs dropped to 11-11 overall and 4-3 in league play, while Wyoming moved to 8-12 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West.

Freshman Natalie Ventress led TCU with 18 points, while Whitney Williams was the only other Frog in double-figures with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Chelsea Prince chipped in with nine points on 4-of-7 from the floor, while also leading the Purple and White with six boards. Ventress has now led TCU in scoring 12 times this season, including 10 out of the last 13 games. 

Kayla Woodward scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 2-for-3 from deep to lead the Cowgirls, who also snapped TCU's three-game winning streak in the all-time series. Chaundra Sewell added 20 points and 11 boards to record a double-double.  

In a game that saw eight lead changes, TCU, who outscored the Cowgirls off the bench 17-4, battled all night in front of a rowdy crowd of 3,293, pulling with seven late in the game, but the Frogs couldn't quite get over the hump as Wyoming won for only the second time in five tries against the Purple and White Wednesday.

Up Next
TCU will next be in action at Colorado State on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. CT. 




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