TCU Travels to No. 1 Baylor Saturday

Feb. 14, 2013

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TCU (7-16; 0-12) vs. Baylor (23-1; 13-0)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Feb. 16 (1:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  The Ferrell Center | Waco, 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  Baylor leads, 23-5
 Last Meeting  Jan. 2, 2013 (L, 74-35)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will travel to Waco Saturday afternoon to take on No. 1 Baylor at The Ferrell Center. Start time is set for 1:00 p.m. CT. 

Fresh off a 76-75 setback to Kansas, the Horned Frogs bring a 7-16 overall record and 0-12 mark into Saturday's tilt and will be wearing pink uniforms against the Bears in honor of the WBCA's Pink Zone Day, which is an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.  The two teams haven't met in Waco since the 1996 season.

The Opponent
Baylor comes into Saturday's contest with a 23-1 overall record after defeating Texas Tech in its last outing, 89-47. The Bears, who are ranked No. 1 in both national polls, have only lost once in the past two years, falling to former No. 1 Stanford in November, 71-69. 

In its last outing, Baylor won its 52nd-straight game at home, dropping the Lady Raiders by 42 points. The defending national champion Lady Bears, who have the longest active home winning streak in women's college basketball, shot 48 percent from the field, while shooting 42 percent from behind the arc. Returning All-American Odyssey Sims led Baylor with 18 points. Defending National Player of the Year Brittany Griner, a two-time unanimous All-America honoree, had 10 points and 11 boards.

Griner has led the way for the Lady Bears this season, averaging 22.0 points per game, while grabbing a conference-best 8.5 boards a contest. Sims has also been special, recording 13.0 points per game and almost six assists per contest. 

The Series
TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 29th time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs have won five games against the Lady Bears in the all-time series, but haven't won since an 83-76 victory at the DMC in 1990. In all, the Purple and White have claimed three of their five victories at home in the 29-game span. Earlier this season, Baylor defeated the Frogs at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 74-35.   

A Career Game
Zahna Medley scored a career-high 35 points against Kansas in her last outing. Her 35 points were not only the fifth-best mark in program history, but also the highest-point total since former Frog great Emily Carter dropped 43 points against SMU in 2010.    

Medley Torches Kansas
Zahna Medley's 35 points were the most in a single-game by a TCU freshman since Tricia Payne connected for 36 points against Lamar in 1998. Overall, Medley is the only newcomer in the entire conference to score 35 or more points. She joins Baylor's Brittney Griner as the only other player in the Big 12 to record that many points overall and in league play.  Only two other freshmen in the entire country have scored more than Medley's 35 points in a single-game. Jillian Alleyne (Oregon) and Emily Schill (San Jose St.) dropped 38 and 36 points earlier this year, respectively. 

An Amazing Stat Line
In the first half against Kansas, freshmen Kamy Cole, Veja Hamilton and Zahna Medley combined to score TCU's opening 39 points against the Jayhawks. It wasn't until the 3:00 mark of the opening frame of play that another player scored for the Purple and White. In all, the trio combined for 44 of the 49 first half points in the Frogs last home outing.

The Last Time
A young TCU squad played in front of a school-record 7,394 spectators in January, but couldn't overcome a rough shooting night, falling to No. 2 Baylor at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 74-35. The Horned Frogs showed some life in the second half, doubling their point total from the opening frame and forcing Baylor into nine turnovers. The young Frogs played till the very end despite shooting a season-low 21 percent from the floor. Natalie Ventress and Donielle Breaux led the way for the Purple and White. The sophomore tandem tallied seven points apiece, respectively.

Bring A Bear
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 home games.

Ventress Starting to Heat Up
In three out of the last four games, sophomore Natalie Ventress has started to catch fire in the scoring column, tallying 16, 24 and 23 points against Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, 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 45 percent from the field in the four games this month, which includes a whopping 54.2 percent from three-point land.

From Way Downtown
The Horned Frogs have continued to shoot the three-ball with consistency all year. In all, the Frogs have hit 10 or more three's in a single-game seven times this season, including three games in which TCU connected on 12 triples. The Frogs record in those contests is 3-4. The only losses during that stretch came against Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas.

Coming Of Age
After 23 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked more shots then she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 85 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 217 boards.

Last Time Out
TCU appeared well on its way to capturing its first Big 12 victory Wednesday night, but Kansas scored with 14 seconds left to escape Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a heartbreaking 76-75 victory.

With 32.6 seconds left in a game that the Horned Frogs led by as many as 23 points, Medley found senior Delisa Gross on a beautiful backdoor to give TCU a one-point lead. Kansas came right back though and scored a layup of its own with 14 seconds left to take a 76-75 lead. The Frogs had one final chance with 5.6 seconds remaining to capture their first Big 12 victory of the year, but came up short as Kamy Cole's jumper was blocked by Kansas' Chelsea Gardner with time running down.

On the night, freshman Zahna Medley, who was going up against one of the best point guards in the entire country in Angel Goodrich, was simply unconscious from deep, scoring a game and career-high 35 points on 10-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-14 from deep.

For a majority of the game, the Horned Frog freshmen did most of the damage as Medley, Cole and Veja Hamilton combined to score 44 of TCU's 49 first half points. Cole wrapped-up play with 18 points on 5-of-12 from the field, while Hamilton chipped in with eight points and nine boards.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Baylor 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. 

Up Next
TCU will host nationally ranked Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.  

 


 

 


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