Horned Frogs Ready For Lady Rebels Wednesday Night

Feb. 8, 2011

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Las Vegas, Nev. • Cox Pavilion • Wednesday, Feb. 9 • 9:00 p.m. CT
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM), gofrogs.com • Talent: Jeff Williams
Internet (gofrogs.com): Live Stats, Live Radio
Series Record vs. UNLV: TCU leads, 14-2
Last Meeting vs. UNLV: Jan. 8, 2011 (W, 68-60)

TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western, `89)
Record: 253-123 in 12 years at TCU (404-182 overall)
Assistants: Brian Ostermann (Wis. La Crosse, `88), Tonya Haut (Baylor, `99)
Tricia Davern (TCU, `02)
UNLV Head Coach: Kathy Olivier (UNLV, `82)
UNLV Record: 268-258 (18th Year)

Horned Frog Quick Notes
• The Horned Frogs haven't lost to UNLV during regular-season play since 2006.

• Senior Emily Carter has led TCU in scoring during 10 contests this winter. She has scored over 20 points in eight games and currently sits No. 46 in the NCAA in scoring.

• If she starts against UNLV, Helena Sverrisdottir will move into a tie for No. 1 all-time in career starts with 118. Former Frog great Sandora Irvin is the current leader in career starts with 118 between 2001-05.

• The Horned Frogs are 163-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding their opposition.

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will travel to Las Vegas Wednesday for a contest against UNLV. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. CT.

The Horned Frogs are coming off a 63-52 upending of San Diego State this past Saturday. In the contest, DeLisa Gross scored a career-high of 20 points to move the Frogs to 15-8 overall and 7-2 in league play.

In its previous match-up against the Rebels, Helena Sverrisdottir became TCU's all-time leader in assists as the Horned Frogs upended UNLV, 68-60, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The senior from Iceland was simply dominate during stretches of play, scoring 19 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, including a stretch in which she netted eight-straight points for the Frogs

The Purple and White will next be in action versus Wyoming on Feb. 12. Tip-off is set for Noon from the DMC.

The Last Time Out
DeLisa Gross was simply unstoppable in leading TCU to a 63-52 victory over San Diego State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Gross caught fire in the second half, going 5-of-5 from the floor, including a put-back tip, which seemingly put the game out of reach. Overall, Gross went 7-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-2 from deep, to record a new career-high of 20 points Saturday. By making all seven of her attempts, Gross tied Ashley Davis, who went 7-of-7 in 2007, for the best single-game field goal percentage in school history.

Freshman Briesha Wynn was just as dominate, scoring a new career-high of 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Wynn totaled 10 of her 13 points in the first half and was one of the Horned Frogs main defensive stoppers during the first half with three steals.

Game No. 1 Versus UNLV
TCU shot almost 60 percent from the field in the second half to claim a 68-60 decision over UNLV at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum earlier this year.

During the second half alone, Helena Sverrisdottir, who also posted a career-high in steals with seven, went 7-of-7 from the floor. She finished the game with 24 points, seven boards, six assists and seven steals.

Overall, the All-America candidate moved past former Frog great Natasha Lacy in to No. 1 all-time in career assists. Lacy posted 461 assists between 2003-06.

Fellow senior Emily Carter was also solid for TCU with 13 points, while sophomore Starr Crawford chipped in with eight points, including two key buckets down the stretch to seal the victory.

Follow The Horned Frogs
TCU's Wednesday contest with UNLV can be heard live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams. A live stats feed is also available via GoFrogs.com. Fans wishing to view gametracker may do so by clicking on the links on the right side of the schedule page.

The UNLV Series
TCU and UNLV will be meeting for only the 17th time in program history Wednesday. The Horned Frogs own a 14-2 advantage in the series and haven't lost to the Lady Rebels during regular-season play since 2006. Overall, TCU went 2-0 against UNLV last season, claiming an 81-61 victory in Las Vegas before closing out the 2010 series with a 79-64 decision at the DMC.

Scouting UNLV
UNLV comes into Wednesday's contest with a 9-14 record overall and a 2-7 mark in league play. In their last outing, the Lady Rebels dropped a 79-44 decision to BYU.

Markiell Styles led the UNLV attack against the Cougars with 13 points and 13 boards. Erica Helms was also productive with nine points, while Kelli Thompson chipped in with seven points and four boards.

Thompson has led the Rebels on the offensive end of the floor this season with 13.4 points per game and 3.4 boards a contest. Lenita Sanford has also had a productive year, averaging 8.0 points per game and 7.6 rebounds a contest.

Gross Helps Frogs Find Victory
Sophomore DeLisa Gross had a career game against SDSU this past Saturday, notching a new career high of 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor. By making all seven of her attempts, Gross tied Ashley Davis, who went 7-of-7 in 2007, for the best single-game field goal percentage in school history.

Gross has now scored in double figures eight times this winter. During those contests, TCU is 6-2 overall with its only losses coming at the hands of Fresno State and Texas A&M. During her two years on campus, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 11-2 when Gross scores in double figures.

Holding Opponents Under The Norm
The Frogs have had some impressive numbers this season on the defensive end of the floor, which has led them to an 11-1 record when holding opponents under 59 points.

Dominating Defense
Overall, TCU has held three of their MWC opponents under 50 points. During that stretch, BYU had a grand total of 51 points, New Mexico (57), SDSU (52) and Air Force (60). For the season, TCU has held six different opponents under 50 points. Upon further review, five out of the first eight MWC schools scored less then 50 points against TCU.

Following NCAA Tournament Teams
Following its last four games against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, TCU has done a nice job, going 5-0 in its next game. Overall, the Frogs have outscored their opponents during that time, 388-287.

Horned Frogs Sizzle With Starr
Since returning the Horned Frog lineup against Georgia, Starr Crawford has made her presence felt. The sophomore and preseason All-America candidate by Sporting News has posted double-digit scoring games in eight out of the 12 contests, which has led TCU an 9-3 record. The Frogs have also out-rebounded their opponent during that stretch in three games with Crawford leading the way in boards during nine of those contests.

• Crawford has led TCU in scoring five times since returning.
• Crawford has led TCU in scoring three out of the last four games.
• Crawford has led TCU in steals four-straight games.

Suffocating Defense
During the last nine games, the Frogs have turned up their defensive pressure, which has helped them open the conference season with a 7-2 record. During MWC play, opponents have shot 40 percent or lower in eight out of the nine games, including the last seven. SDSU and UNLV were the lone MWC foes to shoot over 40 percent with 40.4 and 41 percent, respectively.

Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last seven outings, TCU has shut down the opposition from deep. The Frogs forced the six teams to go a combined 29-of-128 (.227) from behind the arc.

Horned Frogs Follow Last Year's Path
The Horned Frogs recorded a 6-2 record during the first portion of league play, which is the second-straight year in which the Frogs have gone 6-2 during the first portion of their Mountain West Conference schedule.

Hitting The Glass With Authority
TCU is 7-1 on the year when out-rebounding its opposition. Overall, the Horned Frogs are 163-33 (.832) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding its opposition, including 18-4 the last two seasons alone.

Headlines To Look At
When TCU takes on UNLV, it will look to continue some impressive numbers. During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs are now 212-29 when leading at the half. TCU, who is 12-2 this season when leading at the half, is also 122-3 when leading by 10+ at the half.

Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 75-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 161-9 when the opponent scores 60 or less, which has now happened 15 times this season.

Horned Frogs Continue To Impress In NCAA
Entering this week, the Frogs have done quite nicely among the nation's best. TCU ranks No. 33 nationally in free-throw percentage (.741), No. 59 in scoring margin (9.0), No. 35 in Field Goal Percentage Defense (.359), No. 56 in personal fouls per game (15.5), No. 28 in three-point field goal defense (27.8), No. 54 in turnover margin (2.86), No. 55 in assist turnover ratio (0.89) and No. 22 in Turnovers Per Game (14.8).

Overall, the Frogs rank in the top 100 nationally in 12 different categories.

Individually, Emily Carter paces the Frogs', ranking No. 46 overall in scoring average with a 17.6 average. Fellow senior Helena Sverrisdottir is No. 125 in the nation in steals (2.2). Carter also sits No. 8 in free throw percentage (.900) and in the top-120 in 3-point field goal attempts per game (2.2) and percentage (.342). Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford moved into No. 54 in rebounds per game (9.1).

TCU In The Mountain West Conference
23 games into the season, the Horned Frogs sit No. 1 in free throw percentage (.741) in the MWC. The Frogs also rank in the top-2 in turnover margin (+3.13), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.278), scoring offense (67.5) and field goal percentage defense (.359). Finally, TCU ranks in the top-3 in scoring margin (+9.0), steals (8.6) and assist-turnover ratio (0.9).

Individually, Emily Carter sits No. 3 in the conference in scoring average (17.6), while also ranking No. 1 in free throw percentage (.900). Helena Sverrisdottir currently sits No. 5 in scoring (15.2) in the conference. She also ranks No. 2 in steals (2.2) entering Wednesday. Finally, sophomore Starr Crawford ranks No. 2 in rebounding (9.1) and No. 1 in offensive rebounds (3.5). She also sits No. 2 in defensive rebounds (5.7) heading into action Wednesday.

Up Next
The Purple and White will take on Wyoming on Feb. 12. Tip-off is set for Noon from the DMC.



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