Feb. 11, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - The TCU women's basketball team takes to the road in search of its third-straight win on Wednesday when it takes on Kansas at 7 p.m., at Allen Fieldhouse. The contest will be aired on ESPN3.
Kansas enters Wednesday's contest following tough losses to Oklahoma State (74-76) and Oklahoma (71-81) to drop to 11-13 overall and 4-8 in Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks have scored 70 or more points in five of their last seven games and averages 66.7 points per contest on the season while the opposition is nearly matching that number at 66.8 points per game.
Kansas is shooting nearly 43 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc while the opponents have shot close to a league high at 41 percent against the Jayhawks.
KU is nearly even on the boards against opponents while handing out 13.7 assists per game.
The Jayhawks are a veteran squad, with four upperclassmen regularly filling out the starting lineup.
Six-foot-3 junior center Chelsea Gardner will present a tough test for the Frogs in the paint as she ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (.583), fourth in rebounding (8.1 rpg), fifth in scoring (17.0 ppg) and 13th in free-throw percentage (.769), going to the line 121 times.
Junior guards Asia Boyd (11.2 ppg) and Natalie Knight (10.1 ppg) are also scoring in double figures for KU, while Knight is the top 3-point threat, ranking sixth in percentage (.400) and ninth in 3-pointers per game (1.8).
Senior guard CeCe Harper is nearly scoring in double figures with 9.9 points per contest and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 5.3 assists per game.
TCU VS. KANSAS - THE SERIES
The two teams will meet for just the sixth time in the series and only the second in Lawrence, as Kansas holds a 3-2 advantage.
TCU dropped all three contests against Kansas last season, including a 74-67 decision at Allen Fieldhouse, but snapped the streak earlier this season in a thrilling 52-50 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
Former Jayhawk Donielle Breaux helped TCU erase an 11-point deficit with under five minutes remaining, stringing together 10-straight points in the rally.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU claimed back-to-back Big 12 wins for the second time this season with a 72-57 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday in Fort Worth.
The win marked TCU's first against Texas Tech at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in its 17th attempt, while sweeping the Red Raiders in the regular season for the first time.
TCU shot 47 percent from the field, including 54 percent in the second half, while forcing 16 turnovers compared to just seven Frog miscues.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the third straight game while surpassing the 20-point threshold for the second time in three contests with a game-high 23 points. Medley knocked down a season-best nine field goals, including back-to-back layups to open the second half and build on TCU's 12-point advantage at the break.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress scored a season-high 20 points, going 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Ventress connected on two 3-pointers, marking the fifth time in the last six contests of connecting on multiple shots from distance.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince scored in double figures for the second game in a row with 12 points off a 5-of-7 effort while also posting four steals and three assists.
Donielle Breaux followed up her heroics from the Iowa State game with a career-high six assists while tying a season high with four steals.
The Horned Frogs currently rank 21st nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.5 points per game, while ranking fifth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.5 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 13 of its 23 opponents this season to 35-percent or under effort from the field and 19 of 23 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fifth nationally with 6.2 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 10.0 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 15 steal-getters in the league.
The Horned Frogs have the opportunity to set three new milestones in Wednesday's contest at Kansas. Head coach Jeff Mittie secured his 299th victory at TCU on Saturday against Texas Tech, needing just one more victory for his 300th in his 15th season at the helm.
Senior center Latricia Lovings tied TCU great Sandora Irvin's school record for consecutive games with a block on Saturday and will look to extend her streak for a record 63rd time on Wednesday, while junior guard Natalie Ventress is just 18 points shy of becoming the school's 13th member of the 1,000-point club.
Wednesday's contest against Kansas will be aired on ESPN3 with Nate Bukaty and Brenda VanLengen calling the action. Fans can also listen to the contest on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 and FrogVision with Jeff Williams on the call.
For live updates, fans can follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.