Feb. 12, 2010
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#24/RV TCU (18-5; 8-2 MWC) vs. WYOMING (15-7; 6-4 MWC)
GAME DAY INFORMATION
Saturday, Feb. 13 • Noon • Fort Worth, Texas • Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
TV: The Mtn. (DirecTV Ch. 616) • Talent: Chuck LaMendola (pxp), Jon Wulf (color)
Radio: KTCU 88.7 FM; GoFrogs.com • Talent: Jeff Williams (play-by-play), Jeff Lewis (analyst)
Internet (GoFrogs.com): Free Live Radio, Live Stats
Series Record vs. Wyoming: 8-7 • Last Meeting: Jan. 13, 2010 in Laramie (L, 67-73)
TCU Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri West., ‘89) • Record: 234-111 in 11 years at TCU (385-170 overall)
UW Head Coach: Joe Legerski (Wyoming, ‘79) • Record: 130-76 in 7th year at Wyoming (139-36 overall)
FORT WORTH--TCU looks to keep its recent momentum rolling Saturday, when it plays host to a Noon matchup against Wyoming at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game which, will be televised live by The MountainWest Sports Network, also will serve as the Lady Frogs’ annual Pink Zone celebration.
Several activities related to the WBCA’s Pink Zone surround the contest, including a women’s health fair on the DMC concourse prior to tip-off. Fans will also notice a new set of pink and purple uniforms donned by the Lady Frogs, while a limited number of free pink tote bags will be given away prior to the game, courtesy of The Mtn. More information on the event can be found by clicking here.
As far as on the court, TCU enters the game against the Cowgirls with a 1-1/2 game lead in the Mountain West Conference standings following Wednesday’s thrilling four-overtime win at Utah. The Frogs will be looking to avenge a Jan. 13 road loss to Wyoming that snapped a seven-game winning streak. The Cowgirls are one of three teams currently tied for third place in the league with a 6-4 record.
TCU will be making its ninth television appearance of 2009-10 and the sixth of eight consecutive telecasts. The Mtn. broadcast, which will be produced by TCU’s Film/Television/Digital Media Department, will feature the play-by-play tandem of Chuck LaMendola (play-by-play) and Jon Wulf (analyst). The matchup also will be broadcast live on the radio throughout the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) and Jeff Lewis (analyst) calling the action. An Internet radio feed and live statistics will be available on game day via GoFrogs.com.
ABOUT THE WBCA PINK ZONE
The WBCA Pink Zone initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.
The WBCA began the Pink Zone, formerly known as “Think Pink,” in 2007. The first year, more than 120 schools unified for this effort, and by 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. The WBCA’s charity of choice is the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation. For more information on the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, visit the WBCA’s official website at www.WBCA.org.
FROG QUICK NOTES
- A win would mark TCU’s 20th consecutive victory at home, breaking the previous school record of 19 set between Jan. 28, 2005 and Feb. 22, 2007.
- The home-court streak is seventh longest in NCAA D-I.
- TCU has outscored its 12 opponents at home by an average of 23.7 ppg.
- TCU’s 18-5 record matches the second-best 23-game start in program history (19-4 in 2003-04; 18-5 in 2000-01 and 2001-02). The 2003-04 squad opened up 22-4.
- TCU is 14-0 when shooting 40.0% or better from the field, 14-1 when outshooting the opponent and 14-1 when committing fewer turnovers.
- TCU has made more free throws than the opponent has attempted in six of the last seven games (123-163 / 65-94).
- Starr Crawford (209 rebounds) needs only 10 boards to enter TCU’s single-season top-10 records. Her current average of 9.1 rpg would rank fifth in program history.
- Emily Carter is averaging 17.0 ppg in MWC play, which ranks No. 4 among all league players. She leads the MWC in 3FG shooting (44.3%) and FT shooting (85.4%) for all games, while coming in at No. 5 in scoring (15.1 ppg) for the season.
- Carter’s 3FG percentage would rank No. 1 in TCU single-season history, while her FT rate would be No. 2 behind Amy Sutton’s 87.6% rate set in 1998-99.
- Helena Sverrisdottir is the only individual ranked among the MWC’s top-15 players in assists (No. 1), steals (No. 4), rebounding (No. 8), scoring (No. 8) and blocks (No. 14).
- Sverrisdottir is the only player in school history to compile 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists.
- TK LaFleur (10.3 ppg; five starts) is the only MWC player averaging double figures in points with fewer than six starts.
- TCU leads the MWC in scoring offense (73.5 ppg), scoring margin (+14.9), rebounds (40.9 rpg), steals (10.6 spg), 3FG defense (27.2%), turnovers forced (21.2 tpg), turnover margin (+5.0 tpg) and offensive rebounds (14.7 rpg).
- TCU ranked among the nation’s top-50 teams in 13 categories Monday: 3FG defense (8th), FG defense (16th), scoring margin (22nd), assist-turnover ratio (25th), turnover margin (28th), assists (31st), win-loss percentage (36th), scoring defense (38th), scoring offense (38th), FT shooting (39th), 3FG shooting (40th), 3FG made (40th) and steals (47th).
- TCU has made at least two 3-pointers in 58 consecutive games, at least one in 148 straight and at least five in all but one game in 2009-10.
SCOUTING THE WYOMING COWGIRLS
Wyoming (15-7; 6-4 MWC) enters today’s game with two straight home victories over Colorado State (69-52) and San Diego State (63-51) that has boosted the squad into a tie for third place in the MWC standings, two games behind the conference-leading Frogs.
Joe Legerski, in his seventh season as head coach of the Cowgirls, leads a team that leads the MWC in scoring defense (56.5 ppg), FG defense (35.2%), 3FG shooting (38.0%), 3FGs (8.1 3pg), blocked shots (5.4 bpg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.2).
The squad has utilized the same young starting lineup each game this season, which features four juniors and one sophomore. There are no seniors on the roster. Junior forward Hillary Carlson (15.5 ppg) leads a trio of double-digit scorers that also includes junior guard Aubrey Vandiver (13.7 ppg) and sophomore forward Emma Langford (11.7 ppg). Carlson leads the league in blocks (2.7 bpg), while Vandiver ranks No. 2 in the MWC with a 9.7-rebound average.
INSIDE THE SERIES
TCU owns an 8-7 lead in the all-time series with Wyoming that began in 1991-92. The Frogs are 5-5 against the Cowgirls since joining the Mountain West Conference.
TCU vs. WYOMING ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
Date Site W/L Score
Jan. 5, 1992 H L 38-69
Dec. 9, 1993 A L 71-81
Dec. 31, 1993 N W 76-63
Jan. 16, 1999 H W 93-78
Feb. 13, 1999 A W 88-73
Jan. 7, 2006 A L 67-68
Feb. 8, 2006 H W 67-59
Mar. 8, 2006 N W 63-55
Jan. 20, 2007 A L 51-66
Feb. 22, 2007 H L 50-61
Jan. 12, 2008 A L 62-45
Feb. 13, 2008 H W 73-59
Jan. 21, 2009 A W 81-78
Feb. 21, 2009 H W 60-47
Jan. 13, 2010 A L 67-73
LAST TIME WE MET: WYOMING 73, TCU 67
LARAMIE, Wyo. (Jan. 13, 2010)—TCU regrouped from a 16-point deficit in the first half to tie the game in the closing minutes, but Wyoming sank three crucial 3-pointers late to down the Frogs, 73-67, at the Cowgirls’ Arena-Auditorium. The loss snapped a seven-game Lady Frog winning streak.
Three Frogs scored in double figures, led by Emily Carter with 20 points. Helena Sverrisdottir recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while TK LaFleur chipped in 12 points. Starr Crawford led TCU’s efforts on the glass with a game-high 13 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
Hillary Carlson produced a huge effort for UW with 29 points and 11 boards. She went 11-of-15 on free throws. Aubrey Vandiver (18 points), Emma Langford (13 points) and Kristen Scheffler (11 points) also scored in double figures.
LAFLEUR GIVING BENCH A BOOST
TCU boasts one of the league’s best weapons off the bench in TK LaFleur. Although not your typical reserve player since she owns 36 starts in 54 games as a Frog, she has given the Frogs a big offensive boost for the last 18 games coming off the bench.
- LaFleur is (10.3 ppg; five starts) is the only MWC player averaging double figures in points with fewer than seven starts.
- She has helped TCU’s bench post an average scoring advantage of 7.7 points per game (1,690 pts-1,348 pts).
- Despite not starting, LaFleur’s average minutes played of 26.0 per game ranks fourth among all Frogs.
HOME SWEET HOME AT THE DMC
TCU is in the midst of one of the greatest runs in program history on its home court, having matched the school record for consecutive victories at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, also known around Fort Worth as the DMC.
- TCU’s 19-game home winning streak dates back to a Jan. 13, 2009 loss to BYU. The streak currently ranks as the longest in the Mountain West Conference and No. 7 in the nation.
- The previous school record of 19 straight home wins was set between Jan. 18, 2006 and Feb. 22, 2007.
- The Frogs are 33-4 (.892) at the DMC in their three MWC seasons in league play, which is two games better than the next-best home record over the same period (Utah: 29-6).
- TCU is 46-4 (.920) in its last 50 games overall held at the DMC. The squad’s 15-3 record in 2008-09 tied the 2006-07 squad (15-1) for most home wins in school history.
- The Frogs own a 143-29 (.831) home record since Jeff Mittie’s arrival on campus prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
REALTIMERPI.COM (as of Feb. 12)
37. TCU, .5999 (Schedule Strength: No. 90)
COLLEGERPI.COM (as of Feb. 12)
41. TCU, .5960 (Schedule Strength: No. 92)
OFFICIAL NCAA RPI (as of Feb. 8)