TCU Takes on Texas Tech Saturday Night

Feb. 8, 2013

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TCU (7-14; 0-10) vs. Texas Tech (17-6; 7-4)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Feb. 9 (7:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 None
 TV Talent
 None
 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 Tech leads, 38-1
 Last Meeting  Jan. 27, 2013 (L, 53-42)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home Saturday to face Texas Tech at 7:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Fresh off a setback to No. 22 Oklahoma State Tuesday, the Horned Frogs will look to get back to their winning ways and even the season-series between the two Texas schools at 1-1 after falling in Lubbock last month, 53-42.

The Purple and White bring a 7-14 overall record into Saturday's double-header with the men and 0-10 mark in league play. 

The Opponent
Texas Tech, who is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll, comes into Saturday's Big 12 contest with a 17-6 overall record and 7-4 mark in conference action after defeating West Virginia in its last outing, 76-63. In all, the Lady Raiders have gone 3-2 on the road during league play, which includes a 67-52 setback to Iowa State in their last road contest. 

Against the Mountaineers, Texas Tech shot 44.4 percent from three-point land en route to a comfortable 13-point victory. Individually, Casey Morris tallied 20 points in leading four Lady Raiders in double-figures. On the season,  Chynna Brown has led the way, averaging 12.1 points per contest. During conference play, Brown has increased her scoring power, posting 15.8 point per game, while shooting 48 percent from the field. 

The Series
TCU and Texas Tech will meet for the 40th time in program history Saturday. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 38-1. The two teams hadn't met since the 2008 season prior to last month's game in Lubbock. The 2008 contest saw TCU and Texas Tech meet in the third round of the WNIT. The Frogs won the contest, 81-74.

The Last Time We Met
Junior Latricia Lovings recorded the fourth-most blocks in a single-game in program history in January, but TCU dropped a 53-42 decision to Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena. 

In a physical back and fourth game that was a lot closer than the final score indicated, the Horned Frogs cut the Lady Raider lead to seven with 5:14 remaining in the contest, but couldn't complete the comeback despite forcing Texas Tech into 18 turnovers and 33.3 percent from the floor, which is a season-low in conference play. 

The Last Go Around In Cowtown
The Horned Frogs will be playing the Lady Raiders in Fort Worth for the first time since 1999 Saturday. On that night, Texas Tech was ranked No. 7 in the NCAA and held on late to take a 63-57 decision over TCU. Former Frog great Tricia Payne led all scorers with 19 points, while Amy Sutton tallied 14 on 5-of-14 shooting from the field.  

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. 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.

Ventress Starting to Heat Up
In the last two games, sophomore Natalie Ventress has started to catch fire in the scoring column, tallying 16 and 24 points against Texas and Oklahoma State, respectively. The Fort Worth native will look to match her freshman season in which she posted seven games of double-figures, including three games of 20 or more during the month of February. Ventress is shooting over 40 percent from the field in the two games this month, which includes a whopping 67 percent from three-point land.

Coming Home
Tuesday's game at Oklahoma State marked TCU's fifth road contest in its last seven games. After playing their third game in seven days Tuesday night, the Frogs will open a two-game homestand against Texas Tech. In all, TCU will play four out of their next five at the DMC. Their lone road game during that stretch is at Baylor.     

The Three Amigos
In their last home 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
The Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 45 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 25 less shot attempts.

Return To Sender
Junior Latricia Lovings had a breakout game against Texas Tech in January, 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 21 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked more shots then she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 77 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 208 boards.

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 home 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 12 in scoring and assists.

Newcomers Making Headway
During conference action Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley have scored 37 percent of the Frogs scoring. In the last seven games alone, Medley and Cole have accounted for 38.5 percent of the Frogs scoring. In all, the five newcomers have combined to score 60 percent of the Frogs 366 points in the last seven outings.

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 51 games during her short career, starting 49 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 40-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 28-straight.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Texas Tech 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.

The Last Time Out
Sophomore Natalie Ventress and senior Delisa Gross both scored in double-figures Tuesday night, but No. 22 Oklahoma State was able to record a 76-59 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Ventress led the Horned Frogs on the night with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from deep. Her 20-point outing marks the third time this season the sophomore has gone for 20 or more points in a single-game. Gross followed with a season-high 13 points, all of which came in the second half. The Waco native really seemed to spark the Frogs in the second frame, scoring 10-straight points for TCU during the midway point of the period.

In all, the Purple and White outscored the Cowgirls in the second half, 35-32, after trailing at intermission. TCU, who shot 45.8 percent from beyond the arc Tuesday, closed within 13 late, but couldn't complete the comeback.

Up Next
TCU will take on Kansas at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Feb. 13. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. 

 


 

 


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