Feb. 4, 2014
AMES, Iowa - The TCU women's basketball team will face its third-straight ranked opponent on Wednesday in a Big 12 road contest against No. 23 Iowa State at 7 p.m., at Hilton Arena.
Iowa State posted a convincing 84-65 victory over Kansas State in its last action on Saturday to improve to 16-5 overall and 5-5 in Big 12 play.
The Cyclones are currently ranked No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll while receiving 68 votes in the Associated Press Top-25 Poll.
Iowa State is one of the top offensive teams in the league, ranking third with 76.1 points per game while leading the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (9.2) and free-throw percentage (79.9) while placing second in 3-point percentage (34.8). The Cyclones are averaging nearly three more 3-pointers per game than the next closest team in the league.
Defensively, the Cyclones rank fifth in the Big 12 as the opposition is averaging 62.0 points per contest, while Iowa State is limiting opponents to just 33.6 rebounds per contest, good for second fewest in the league.
Six-foot-3 senior center Hallie Christofferson ranks second in the league with 19.5 points per contest and is averaging 6.4 free throws per game, where she ranks third in the Big 12 in free-throw percentage (89.6).
Junior guard Nikki Moody ranks in the top 15 in the conference in scoring with 12.4 points per game and is third in the Big 12 in assists (5.5 apg).
Freshman guard Jadda Buckley is arguably the league's top shooter, pacing the conference in free-throw percentage (89.9) and 3-point percentage (47.5) while also averaging double figures with 10.8 points per game.
Fellow freshman Seanna Johnson leads the league in rebounding despite her 5-foot-10 frame with 8.2 boards per contest.
TCU VS. IOWA STATE - THE SERIES
The two teams will meet for just the sixth time since 1986, as the Cyclones have won four of the five previous meetings.
Iowa State has won two of the three Big 12 contests between the two schools, including a 71-49 victory over TCU earlier this season in Fort Worth.
TCU's lone victory over Iowa State came in the home finale in Fort Worth last season with a 61-58 win over the 23rd-ranked Cyclones.
The Frogs are 0-2 against Iowa State in Ames, with losses during the 1986-87 and 2012-13 seasons.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU faced its second-straight ranked opponent at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday, falling to No. 20 West Virginia by a score of 66-62.
The Horned Frogs trailed 28-27 at the half and led by as many as six points (52-46) with under eight minutes remaining.
The Mountaineers answered with a 3-point play and followed with a 3-pointer to build a five-point advantage that the Frogs wouldn't recover from.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley tallied TCU's last 10 points over the final 6:19 and managed to trim the deficit to just one with under 40 seconds remaining.
Medley rattled off a season-high 29 points, marking the second-highest point total of her career. Medley tied a career high with 10 made free throws on 11 attempts.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress scored in double figures for the third straight game with 15 points and has scored at least eight points in 13-straight contests.
Despite playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble, senior center Latricia Lovings registered seven rejections, marking her fourth Big 12 game this season with at least six blocks.
The Horned Frogs currently rank 20th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.4 points per game, while ranking fourth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.1 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 13 of its 21 opponents this season to 35-percent or under effort from the field and 17 of 21 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fourth nationally with 6.4 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 9.9 steals per game, as five Horned Frogs rank among the top 14 steal-getters in the league.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress scored in double figures for the third-straight time on Saturday with 15 points and needs just 47 more to become the just the 13th member of TCU's 1,000-Points Club.
Ventress has been of the team's most consistent players over the course of the season, scoring eight or more points in each of her last 13 games while shooting 45 percent (59-of-130) from the field and 40 percent (25-of-62) from 3-point range in that span after shooting just 22 percent from beyond the arc in the first six contests.
The Fort Worth native, who has 72 career starts and has played in 79 of 84 career games, connected on two 3-pointers against West Virginia surpass former TCU standout Adrienne Ross (2003-08) for seventh spot in school history with 131 treys.
Fans can listen to Wednesday's contest live on the radio on KTCU 88.7, or online via FrogVision with Jeff Williams on the call.
For live updates, fans can also follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter.