Feb. 18, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team returns home following back-to-back road contests to play host to Kansas State in the annual "Frogs for the Cure" game at 7 p.m., on Wednesday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, the following promotions will be available to fans attending the contest:
Free pizza from Buffalo Bros for students beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Free pink rally towels to the first 500 fans
Prizes awarded for the best pink attire
Panhellenic Challenge: $100 to the philanthropy of the chapter with the most attendance
Breast cancer survivors to be recognized during game
$4 tickets by entering promo code "FFTC" under tickets tab or by clicking here.
Head coach Jeff Mittie needs just one victory for his 300th at TCU, while junior guard Natalie Ventress is just three points shy of becoming the school's 13th member of the 1,000-point club.
TCU's defense continues to rank among the league's best as the Frogs have limited 13 opponents to 35-percent shooting or below from the field and 20 of 25 to under 40 percent. TCU ranks sixth nationally in blocks per game (6.1), ninth in field-goal percentage defense (34.8) and 24th in scoring defense (57.8 ppg) while snagging the most steals per game (9.8) in the Big 12. Four Horned Frogs currently rank among the top-12 steal getters in the league.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley posted a game-high 23 points on Sunday at West Virginia and is averaging 22.2 points over the last five contests. Medley, who ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg), has scored in double figures in 20 games this season and surpassed the 20-point threshold in 10 contests. Medley has connected on multiple 3-pointers in five of the last six games and ranks third in the Big 12 with 55 treys on the season.
Junior forward Natalie Ventress has been one of the team's most consistent threats on offense, scoring at least eight points in 16 of the last 17 games. Ventress has shot 42 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range during that span.
Senior center Latricia Lovings currently ranks fourth nationally with 3.7 blocks per game while posting the most rejections (202) nationally since the start of the 2012-13 season. Lovings has recorded at least one block in a school-record 64-straight games.
Kansas State is coming off of a victory over Texas Tech to improve to 10-14 overall this season and 4-9 in Big 12 play.
The Wildcats are averaging 63.0 points per game and are shooting 38 percent from the field while the opposition has averaged 68.0 points and is shooting 41 percent.
K-State scores a majority of its points from beyond the arc, ranking second in the league with 6.5 treys per game while seven players have connected on at least 14 3-pointers this season.
The Wildcats average over 36 rebounds per game, dropping the battle on the glass by a narrow minus-1.6 margin.
Defensively, K-State forces nearly 16 turnovers per game and ranks fifth in the league with 7.3 steals per contest.
Freshman guard Leticia Romero paces the Wildcats with 14.4 points per contest, ranking ninth in the Big 12, while also placing sixth in assists (4.6 apg), seventh in 3-point percentage (.382) and 10th in free-throw percentage (.796), where she's gone to the line 108 times.
Junior guard Ashia Woods is also averaging double figures this season with 10.7 points per contest and ranks third in the league in steals (2.0 spg) and eighth in field-goal percentage (.500).
TCU VS. K-STATE - THE SERIES
The two teams will meet for just the fourth time overall and the first time this season, as Kansas State has won two of the three contests.
TCU claimed the first win in the series in 1999 while dropping both contests in Big 12 play last season by a combined four points.
The Horned Frogs dropped a 59-58 decision in the closing seconds last season in Manhattan, as Latricia Lovings posted a career game with 16 points and 16 rebounds, while falling by just three points at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in the second meeting.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU suffered its second loss in a row in the closing moments, falling to 13th-ranked West Virginia on the road in a 61-57 decision on Sunday.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley continued her recent offensive outburst with a game-high 23 points, matching a season high with five 3-pointers, last set on Nov. 27.
Junior guard Donielle Breaux chipped in 15 points, including eight-straight down the stretch in the second half to tie the contest on two occasions.
The Horned Frogs found a rhythm midway through the second half, building its largest lead of 13 points (19-6) at the 8:42 mark.
TCU held off a furious West Virginia rally to go into the break up 28-27, aided by Medley's second 3-pointer of the contest with just under a minute remaining.
Medley scored TCU's first eight points of the second half as the Frogs trailed 40-36, and Breaux then rattled off eight-straight points to knot the game with under nine minutes left.
Medley buried her fifth 3-pointer of the afternoon to tie the game at 47 points apiece at the 7:07 mark and the Frogs would remain within one possession until the final minute of play.
Wednesday's contest against Kansas State will be aired on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Janice Dziuk calling the action. Fans can also listen to the contest on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 with Jeff Williams and Jeff Lewis on the call.
For live updates, fans can follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.
Tickets for Wednesday's Big 12 contest against K-State can be purchased for only $4 by entering the promo code "FFTC" under the tickets tab, or by clicking here.
For more information, call 817-257-FROG.