TCU Ready for Oklahoma State Tuesday Night

Feb. 4, 2013


TCU (7-13; 0-9) vs. Oklahoma State (15-5; 4-5)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday, Feb. 5 (7:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Okla.
 TV Talent
 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 State leads, 3-1
 Last Meeting  Dec. 14, 2008 (L, 85-80)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU hits the road Tuesday for a 7:00 p.m. contest at No. 22 Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs will look to record their first conference win this season and eighth overall after dropping a 61-56 decision to Texas Saturday. 

On Tuesday, the Horned Frogs will look to garner their second win against Oklahoma State in program history. The Cowgirls lead the all-time series, 3-1. In all, TCU and OSU haven't played since an 85-80 Cowgirl victory in 2008 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Frogs lone win in the series came a year earlier when the Purple and White defeated  Oklahoma State in Fort Worth, 97-63.  

The Opponent
Nationally ranked Oklahoma State comes into Tuesday's Big 12 contest with an 15-5 overall record and 4-5 mark in league play. In their last outing, the Cowgirls fell to No. 1 Baylor, 81-62. Against the Bears, three players scored in double-figures with Liz Donohoe leading the way with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field. 

On the year, the Cowgirls rank No. 7 in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 78.3 points per game. The Cowgirls also rank in the top-10 nationally in scoring margin, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and assists per game. Individually, Toni Young is averaging 17.1 points per game and 9.7 boards a contest. Donohoe, who ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in free throw percentage, is also have a stellar season, scoring 15.5 points a game. 

The Series
TCU and Oklahoma State will play for the fifth time in program history Tuesday. The Cowgirls lead the all-time series, 3-1. The two teams haven't met since Dec. 14, 2008. Oklahoma State won the outing in Stillwater, 85-80. In all, TCU will be playing at OSU for the fourth time Tuesday night. In the Frogs lone game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, TCU cruised to a 97-63 victory over then No. 20 Oklahoma State in 2007. 

A Series Note
Senior Whitney Williams is the only player on the TCU roster to have played at Oklahoma State. The senior, who started her career at Iowa State, scored 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while dishing out seven assists in 2009-10 at Gallagher-Iba Arena. 

Road Warriors
Tuesday's game at Oklahoma State will mark TCU's fifth road contest in its last seven games. The Frogs will also be playing their third game in seven days Tuesday night in Stillwater, Okla.     

The Three Amigos
In their last outing against Texas, the trio of Natalie Ventress, Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley scored 38 of TCU's 56 points. They also connected on seven of the Frogs' eight three-pointers in the game against the Longhorns. Upon further review, Cole and Medley combined to score 18 of the Purple and White's 23 first half points against UT. Medley closed the opening frame dropping seven of TCU's final nine points in the half. 

The Difference
During the first half of action in conference games, the Frogs have connected on 10 more field goals when compared to its totals in the second frame of play. TCU has also hit four more three's in the opening period. In comparison, the Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 40 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 22 less shot attempts.

Coming Of Age
After 20 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked more shots then she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 75 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 202 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 and entering the promo code: CURE.

In addition, the TCU Student-Athlete Advisory Council is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive to benefit Cook Children's Hospital for the Oklahoma State and West Virginia games.

Newcomers Making Headway
During conference action Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley have scored 40 percent of the Frogs scoring. In the last six games alone, Medley and Cole have accounted for 43.3 percent of the Frogs scoring. In all, the five newcomers have combined to score 67 percent of the Frogs 307 points in the last six outings against Iowa State, West Virginia, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Texas.

Closing Out Games
In every game of TCU's nine-game conference slate except for No. 1 Baylor, the Frogs have had several chances to record a conference win. Below is a look at the Horned Frogs late game action in conference play. 

K-State: TCU led by four with 58 seconds left in the contest. The Horned Frogs led at the break, 31-26.
Oklahoma: TCU led by one with 1:50 left in the game. The Horned Frogs led at the half, 44-39.
Iowa State: TCU trailed by five at halftime, 29-24. 
West Virginia: TCU trailed by two with 2:24 left in the game. The game was tied at 27-27 at halftime. 
K-State: TCU trailed by one with 1:41 left in the contest. TCU led by one with 3:27 on the scoreboard.
Texas Tech: TCU trailed by only two at intermission. The Horned Frogs pulled within seven at the 5:14 mark.
Oklahoma: TCU trailed by only three at intermission. The Horned Frogs opened the game up 11-0.
Texas: TCU trailed by one with 1:03 to go. The Frogs led by two with under 10 minutes to go in the game.

The Last Time Out
TCU pulled within one with a minute to play Saturday afternoon, but in the end couldn't make enough plays down the stretch as Texas narrowly escaped Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 61-56 victory.

With 23 seconds left in a game that was powered by runs, the Frogs appeared to be well on their way to recording their first conference victory of the year when freshman Kamy Cole drove to the hole and drew two defenders, but her pass just missed the out-stretched arms of Latricia Lovings and scampered out of bounds. After a couple of free throws by Texas' Imani McGee-Stafford, Zahna Medley tried one last time to send the game into overtime, but her three-point shot was blocked with 10 seconds to go in the game. 

On the day, the Horned Frogs, who led by as many as 11 in the game, amped up their defensive pressure, forcing UT into 19 turnovers, while limiting the Longhorns to only 19 made field goals for the entire game. TCU held a 12-5 advantage in fast break points.

The Horned Frogs were led on the day by Natalie Ventress' 16 points. The sophomore scored all 16 of her points in the second half. Cole and Medley were other notables on the day with 12 and 10 points apiece, respectively. The duo combined to score 18 of the Frogs' 23 first half points.

Up Next
TCU will continue conference play on Saturday, Feb. 9 against Texas Tech. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.  




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