TCU Returns To The Hardwood Against Boise State Saturday

Whitney Williams (2)

Feb. 17, 2012




TCU Horned Frogs (12-13, 5-5 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 423-198 (12-13 Season)
School Record: 272-139 (13th Season)

Boise State (13-12, 4-6 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Gordy Presnell
Boise State Career Record: 123-89 (13-12 season) 

Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Boise State - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU lost to UNLV, 54-55
Television: The Mtn.
Television Talent: Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Live Video: None  
Live Audio: 
Live Stats: (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play)
Twitter Updates:
Series Record vs. Boise State:  Series Tied at 2-2
Last Meeting vs. Boise State: Jan. 21, 2012 (W, 74-68)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum this weekend when it takes on Boise State Saturday at Noon CT. The Horned Frogs and Broncos have only faced each other four times in program history, which includes a 74-68 victory by the Purple and White earlier this season at Boise. In all, TCU will be going for its third-straight victory over Boise State.

Saturday's game will be broadcast live on The Mtn., with Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play) and Jeff Lewis (Color) calling the action live from the DMC. 

The Opponent
Boise State comes into Saturday's contest with a 13-12 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the Mountain West after falling to Colorado State in its last outing, 67-58. Against the Rams, Nicole Brady scored 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting, while Kati Isham added 14 on four made field goals, which included a 3-of-6 showing from three. Isham has led the way for the Broncos this season, averaging 14.8 points per game, while Lauren Lenhardt is having a solid junior campaign with 14.6 points per game and 5.8 boards. 

The Series
TCU and Boise State will be meeting for only the fifth time in program history Saturday. The series is currently tied at 2-2, but the Horned Frogs haven't lost to Boise State since a 93-83 setback in 1991. Prior to the 74-68 victory early this year by TCU, the two teams last met on the hardwood in the opening round of the WNIT. TCU claimed a 85-56 decision in 2008.

Ventress Joins Rare Company
By scoring 20 points in the second half against UNLV Wednesday, Natalie Ventress became only the third player since 2007-08 to score 20 or more points in a single-half. The freshman joins former Horned Frogs TK LaFleur, who netted 21 in the second half against Maryland in 2008 and Adrianne Ross, who tallied 23 in second half action against Florida in 2007. Around the nation, Ventress is one of only 50 players in the NCAA who have scored 20 or more in a half, which includes 15 who have had 25-plus halves. In all, if Ventress keeps her current pace, she will become the first freshman to lead TCU in scoring for a season since the 1997-98 season when Jill Sutton averaged 13.3 points per game.

TCU Making Opponents Pay At The Line
During two out of the last three games, TCU has shot 80 percent or better from the line, including 87.5 percent against Colorado State on 14-of-16 shooting. Even more impressive though is that during the second half of those games, the Frogs have shot 90 percent from the line by going 18-of-20 against San Diego State and 9-of-10 versus Colorado State. Since the beginning of league play, the Frogs have shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe during second half action in seven games. 

Getting After It Following Intermission
In the last four games, TCU has forced UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming to shoot significantly lower percentage wise in the second half when compared to their first half totals. During that stretch, all four teams have combined to only make 36 shots on 113 attempts during the second frame of play, while only UNLV has made a total of 10 field goals in the second half. 

February Success
TCU got back to its winning ways during the month of February defeating previous unbeaten San Diego State in its last home outing, 58-39. The Horned Frogs should be in great shape if recent trends hold true this month as the Frogs have only lost seven times during the month since 2008-09, including only five times in the last three years. During the last three season's, TCU is 19-6 in the final month of the regular season. Since joining the Mountain West, the Frogs are 34-13 in the month of February.

Saturday Night's All Right
The Frogs have gone 6-2 this season on Saturday's and have now recorded a total of 21 victories in 31 games during the last three years. The Horned Frogs all-time best mark on Saturday's since joining the Mountain West is 9-3 all-time in 2009-10.

First Time Around
TCU had four players score in double-figures earlier this year as the Horned Frogs used a strong second half showing to drop Boise State at Taco Bell Arena, 74-68. In a back-and-fourth game that was deadlocked at 29-29 at the break, TCU shot almost 60 percent from the floor in the second frame, shooting 57.7 percent on 15-of-26 shooting from the field. Delisa Gross and Natalie Ventress both scored 18 points apiece, respectively, to lead the Horned Frogs, while Antoinette Thompson and Chelsea Prince chipped in with 10 points. Gross had a season-high of 18 on 6-of-11 shooting, which included 10 points in the second half. Ventress went 6-of-13 from the floor and knocked down several key free throws, going 4-for-4 down the stretch to seal the game for the Frogs.

Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
TCU out-rebounded UNLV in its last outing, 40-36. The Frogs, who have now out-rebounded their opponent in the last three games, are now 6-3 on the year when out-rebounding the opposition. Overall, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 172-36 (.827) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding an opponent, including 27-7 the last three season's alone. 

Second Half Success
TCU has outscored its first half total for points 16 different times this season, including six out of the last eight games. The Frogs, who have won nine games this season and three out of the last six when doing so, have scored 140 more points in the second half of games this winter entering today's contest. 

Frogs Solid After A Loss In Mountain West
TCU is 21-4 all-time in Mountain West games following a conference loss. The only losses during that stretch came against UNLV, last season versus Air Force and in 2007 against Wyoming and New Mexico, respectively. Overall, TCU has only lost two-straight MW regular-season games only five times since 2005-06.

Ventress Continues To Produce
Natalie Ventress, who has scored 20+ points five out of the last nine games, has led TCU in scoring 12 out of the last 16 games, including a 25-point showing against UNLV. So far this season, the freshman has led the Frogs in scoring 14 times, becoming the first Horned Frog freshman to lead the Purple and White in scoring in 14 games since former Horned Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir carried TCU in eight games during the 2007-08 season.

Last Time Out
Freshman Natalie Ventress scored a career-high 25 points Wednesday night, but TCU couldn't complete the comeback as UNLV dropped the Horned Frogs at Cox Pavilion, 55-54.

Ventress scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-10 from three. It marked the fifth time this season the freshman from Fort Worth has scored 20 + points and the 14th time she has led the Horned Frogs in scoring this season. In all, Ventress did most of her damage in the second half as she scored 20 points in the period, including four of her career-high five three-pointers to lead a furious comeback. Sophomore Latricia Lovings also had a solid showing with an eight-point, five board night.

Lenita Sanford led UNLV with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Mia Bell also scored in double-figures with 11 points.

With 17 seconds left on the scoreboard and the Rebels leading 53-52, Briesha Wynn tried to give TCU a one-point lead after driving the lane, but her shot literally rolled in and out of the rim and UNLV cashed in on both free throws on the other end to go up by three. On a career night, Ventress tried one last time to rattle home a three from the corner, but came up long as the Rebels won for only the fourth time in 19 tries against TCU. 

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Boise State game can follow the game live via Gametracker and radio. 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 return to the hardwood next Wednesday against Air Force. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. from the DMC.  



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