TCU Set for No. 23 Oklahoma State

Feb. 19, 2013


TCU (7-17; 0-13) vs. Oklahoma State (18-6, 7-6)

 Date (Time)  Wednesday, Feb. 20 (7:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV Talent
 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  Oklahoma State leads, 4-1
 Last Meeting  Feb. 5, 2013 (L, 76-59)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home Wednesday night for a 7:00 p.m. contest against No. 23 Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs, who will play two-straight at home before heading to Austin next Tuesday, bring a 7-17 overall record and 0-13 mark in league play into Wednesday night's tilt.  

The league game, which will be shown on FrogVision, will mark the sixth meeting between the Frogs and Cowgirls in program history. In all, the two programs haven't met in Fort Worth since a 97-63 TCU victory in 2007.    

The Opponent
No. 23 Oklahoma State, who has won two-straight, brings an 18-6 record overall and 7-6 mark in Big 12 play into Wednesday's game. The Cowgirls are coming off an 80-45 decision over Kansas State. Against the Wildcats, OSU shot 54 percent for the game, while five different student-athletes scored in double-figures. 

For her efforts against K-State, senior Toni Young was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week. The All-America candidate tallied 23 points and 18 rebounds against the Wildcats. She closed the week, averaging 17.5 points and 17 rebounds, while shooting 56.7 percent from the field in Oklahoma State's victories over West Virginia and K-State. 

On the year, Young ranks fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game, while leading the conference in rebounding with 10.2 boards a contest. Liz Donohoe has also been solid with 14.9 points and 5.9 boards a game. 

The Series
TCU and Oklahoma State will play for the sixth time in program history Wednesday. The Cowgirls lead the all-time series, 4-1. Earlier this month, OSU downed the Frogs in Gallagher-Iba Arena, 76-59. In the Frogs lone game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in the all-time series, TCU cruised to a 97-63 victory over then No. 20 Oklahoma State in 2007.   

Medley Honored Once Again
TCU freshman Zahna Medley earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week accolades Monday afternoon, marking the fourth time this season she has picked up the weekly honor. Medley averaged 21.0 points per contest, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in games against Kansas and Baylor this past week.

The Final Stretch
With only five games remaining before conference tournament action begins next month in Dallas, TCU will look to better its league record, beginning on Wednesday night against Oklahoma State. The Frogs will close the season with three of their final five games at home. If recent success means anything, TCU should be in good shape as they close out the regular-season. Since 2007-08, the Purple and White are an impressive 19-6 during the last five regular-season games. In all, the Frogs have ended the season 4-1 overall four out of the five years, including the past two seasons.  

Making A Case Nationally
Zahna Medley has arguably had one of the best freshman seasons in school history. Below is a look at what the Illinois native has accomplished so far this season NCAA wise. 

Nationally: She currently is No. 8 among all freshmen in the NCAA this season in points per game (13.1). Medley also ranks fifth among all freshmen in assists per game (4.0) this season nationally. 

Assists: Medley is the only freshmen in the entire country to record 13 or more assists in a single-game, having done so against Oklahoma in January.  

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. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to Wednesday night's game.

The Last Time
Sophomore Natalie Ventress and senior Delisa Gross both scored in double-figures, but No. 22 Oklahoma State was able to record a 76-59 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Ventress led the Horned Frogs on the night with a game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, including 6-of-8 from deep. Gross followed with a season-high 13 points, all of which came in the second half. The Waco native really seemed to spark the Frogs in the second frame, scoring 10-straight points for TCU during the midway point of the period.

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.

Ventress Starting to Heat Up
In three out of the last five 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.

Last Time Out
TCU came up short Saturday afternoon, dropping a 78-45 decision to No. 1 Baylor at the Ferrell Center in front of 10,258 spectators.

For the game, the Horned Frogs, who fought till the very end Saturday afternoon, played with the Bears for the first couple of minutes, pulling within nine midway through the first half, but Baylor showed why they are the defending NCAA Champions, going on an 8-0 run and never looking back with a little over nine minutes to go in the first half.

With the loss, TCU, who outscored BU in second-chance points Saturday, 19-17, moved to 7-17 overall and 0-13 in league play, while the Bears improved to 24-1 and 14-0 in conference action. 

Freshman Kamy Cole and junior Latricia Lovings led the Frogs on the offensive end of the court. The duo scored nine points apiece, respectively, while Lovings also grabbed eight boards Saturday.

Brittney Griner was once again dominant, scoring a game-high 22 points, while grabbing a game-high 10 boards. Brooklyn Pope and Alexis Prince were the only other Bear players in double-figures with 10 points apiece, respectively.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Oklahoma State 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 remain home to face West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m CT from Fort Worth.  



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