Feb. 14, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The TCU women's basketball team will play its third road contest in the last four games when it meets No. 13 West Virginia at noon CT on Sunday at WVU Coliseum.
Head coach Jeff Mittie needs just one more victory for his 300th at TCU, while junior guard Natalie Ventress is just eight points shy of becoming the school's 13th member of the 1,000-point club.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley posted a game-high 20 points on Wednesday at Kansas and is averaging 22.0 points over the last four contests. Medley, who ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.2 ppg), has scored in double figures in 19 games this season and surpassed the 20-point threshold in nine contests. Medley has connected on multiple 3-pointers in four of the last five games after achieving the feat only once in TCU's first five Big 12 contests.
Junior forward Natalie Ventress has been one of the team's most consistent threats on offense, scoring at least eight points in each of her last 16 games. Ventress has shot 43 percent from the field and 38 percent from long range during that span.
Senior center Latricia Lovings currently ranks second nationally with 3.8 blocks per game while posting the most rejections (200) nationally since the start of the 2012-13 season. Lovings has recorded at least one block in a school-record 63-straight games.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince has scored in double figures in three-straight games and has posted seven double-figure scoring performances this season, surpassing her career mark (six) entering her junior campaign.
West Virginia overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Oklahoma, 76-75, on Thursday for its fourth-straight win to improve to 21-3 overall and 10-2 in Big 12 play.
The Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 13 in the AP Top-25 Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
West Virginia features one of the most experienced teams in the nation, as the starting five has combined for 368 starts, including four players who have combined for 346-consecutive starts.
WVU is one of the top offensive teams in the league, ranking third with over 76 points per game and second in scoring margin (+16.7).
The Mountaineers also place third in the league in assists (15.4 apg) and offensive rebounds (14.8 rpg) and fourth in field-goal percentage (.436).
WVU excels on the defensive end as well, holding opponents to 59.4 points per game while ranking second in blocks (4.7 bpg) and third in steals (8.5 spg) and turnover margin (+3.0).
Four Mountaineers are scoring in double figures, ranking in the top 22 in the league, led by sophomore guard Bria Holmes' 14.6 points per contest. Holmes is also the team's top 3-point threat with 49 treys on the season at a 37-percent success rate.
Six-foot-4 senior center Asya Bussie averages over 13 points per game while placing second in the Big 12 in blocks (2.2 bpg) and seventh in rebounding (7.7 rpg).
TCU VS. WEST VIRGINIA - THE SERIES
The two teams will meet for the sixth time overall since 1989 and the second time this season, as West Virginia has won all five previous meetings.
TCU will make just its second trip to WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, dropping the first meeting by a score of 66-56 last season.
WVU escaped Fort Worth with a 66-62 win on Feb. 1, as TCU, which led by six with under eight minutes left, cut the Mountaineer lead to just one with under a minute to play but couldn't come any closer. Zahna Medley posted a season-best 29 points in the loss.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU had its winning streak snapped on Wednesday in a 62-53 loss to Kansas in Lawrence.
Senior center Latricia Lovings set a new school record in the defeat, recording a block for the 63rd-consecutive game.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley posted a game-high 20 points in 39 minutes, scoring 20 or more points for the third time in four games.
Juniors Natalie Ventress and Chelsea Prince also scored in double figures with 10 points apiece.
TCU struggled offensively, shooting just 29 percent from the field.
The Horned Frogs used an 18-3 run down the stretch in the first half to take their largest lead of 26-16 with 2:35 left, but Kansas answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to close the TCU lead to 28-24 at the break.
TCU got off to a slow start in the second half, getting its first points over five minutes in while the Jayhawks built their biggest lead of nine points with 4:20 remaining.
The Frogs answered with a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to two on a Ventress layup with just over two minutes remaining, but wouldn't come any closer.
The Horned Frogs currently rank 25th nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.7 points per game, while ranking ninth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.7 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 13 of its 24 opponents this season to 35-percent or under effort from the field and 19 of 24 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fifth nationally with 6.1 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 10.1 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 15 steal-getters in the league.
Fans can listen to the Sunday's contest at West Virginia on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 and FrogVision with Jeff Lewis on the call.
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