Horned Frogs Prepare For Falcons Wednesday Night

Latricia Lovings (21)

Latricia Lovings (21)

Feb. 21, 2012


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TCU Horned Frogs (13-13, 6-5 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 424-198 (13-13 Season)
School Record: 273-139 (14th Season)

Air Force (5-21, 0-11 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Andrea Williams
Air Force Career Record: 14-43 (5-21 season)

Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Air Force - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated Boise State, 73-69
Television: None
Television Talent: None
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Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. Air Force:  TCU leads, 17-2
Last Meeting vs. Air Force: Jan. 25, 2012 (W, 66-44)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will return to the hardwood Wednesday when it takes on Air Force at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will mark the 20th meeting between the two conference foes. Overall, the Horned Frogs have won 17 out of the last 18 meetings.

The Opponent
Air Force comes into Wednesday's contest with a 5-21 overall record and a 0-11 mark in the Mountain West after falling to San Diego State in its last outing, 59-46. Against the Aztecs, junior Dymond James led the way with 16 points, while Katie Hilbig posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Alicia Leipprandt has led the way for the Falcons this season, tallying 13.3 points per game, while James is averaging 12.7 points per game and 6.5 boards a contest. 

The Series
TCU and Air Force will be meeting for the 20th time in program history Wednesday. The Horned Frogs own a 17-2 advantage in the series and have won 17 out of the last 18 meetings. Overall, TCU, who has never lost to Air Force at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, posted a dominating 88-51 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum last February.

Ventress Making Case For Freshman Of The Year
In the last two games, Natalie Ventress not only became the first player under head coach Jeff Mittie to post two-straight halves of 20 or more points, but also joins Wright State's Kim Demmings as the only freshmen nationally to accomplish scoring 20-plus points in a single-half in two games. Overall, Ventress, who has scored 20 or more points in six out of the last 10 games, ranks No. 15 amongst all freshmen nationally in points per game.  She is the only freshman in the Mountain West to score at least 20 points in six contests.

Ventress joins Iona's Damika Martinez as the only freshman in the country to lead their respective conferences in scoring during league games.  Ventress ranks No. 6 overall nationally amongst all freshmen in scoring in conference games. 

Freshmen During Conference Play Nationally
Rank Name, School - Points Per Game
1. Damika Martinez, Iona - 19.4 (Ranks First In MAC)
2. Kim Demmings, Wright St. - 18.8
3. Jazmine Davis, Washington - 18.7 (Ranks Second In Pac-12)
4. Shareta Brown, Detroit - 18.7
5. Rachel Banham Minnesota - 18.6 (Ranks Fifth In Big 10)
6. Natalie Ventress, TCU - 17.5 (Ranks First In The Mountain West)
7. Cartaesha Macklin, Southern Ill. - 16.9
8. Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville - 16.6
9. Taylor Gault, UALR - 15.0
10. Tierra Hawkins, Delaware St. - 15.8

Prince Getting After It Defensively
In the last two games, the Frogs have forced 38 turnovers, while stealing the ball 23 times. Freshman Chelsea Prince has been the main ball hawk during that time, stealing the rock 12 times, which included two-straight games of six steals against the likes of UNLV and Boise State, respectively. By doing so, Prince posted the most steals during a two-game stretch since Helena Sverrisdottir recorded 12 steals in back-to-back games against San Diego State (5) and UNLV (7) last season. 

Ventress Joins Rare Company
By scoring 20 points in the second half against UNLV and 21 against Boise State, Natalie Ventress became only the third player since 2007-08 to score 20 or more points in a single-half and the first to do so in two-straight games. 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 now 60 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
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 four out of the last five 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 five teams have combined to only make 51 shots on 144 attempts during the second frame of play, while only UNLV and Boise State 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 Boise State in its last home outing, 73-69. 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 20-6 in the final month of the regular season. Since joining the Mountain West, the Frogs are 35-13 in the month of February.

First Time Around
TCU used a 27-4 run early on in the second half to erase a one-point halftime deficit and crush Air Force at Clune Arena, 66-44. In all, the Horned Frogs' stingy defense forced a season-high 29 turnovers, including 15 in the second half. With the help of a dominating second half, Natalie Ventress led the way with 21 points on 6-of-11 from the field, marking the third time in four games the freshman has scored 20+ points. Fellow freshman Ashley Colbert was the only other Frog in double-figures with 11 points.

Frogs Solid After A Loss In Mountain West
TCU is 22-4 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.

When A Quartet Scores
For only the third time this season, the Horned Frogs had four players score in double-figures versus Boise State. TCU has now accomplished that feat eight times during the last two years. During that stretch, the Frogs are 6-2, with their only losses coming at the hands of NC State earlier this season and against Oral Roberts last spring.

Ventress Continues To Produce
Natalie Ventress, who has scored 20+ points six out of the last 10 games, has led TCU in scoring 13 out of the last 17 games, including a 23-point showing against Boise State. So far this season, the freshman has led the Frogs in scoring 15 times, becoming the first Horned Frog freshman to lead the Purple and White in scoring in 15 games since former Horned Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir carried TCU in eight games during the 2007-08 season.

In 10 of TCU's  13 victories this season, the Frogs have outscored their opponent in the paint, including against Boise State, 36-28. When the Purple and White haven't outscored the opposition down low, TCU is 3-10. The two games in which TCU has outscored its opponent, but lost is UTPA and Wyoming. The Frogs outscored the Broncs, 30-18 and totaled an 18-14 advantage against the Cowgirls. 

Down Under
In seven of the Frogs' 13 victories either Latricia Lovings or Ashley Colbert has scored in double-figures. Lovings scored 10 points against both UTSA and Fordham, while Colbert dropped 10 on Houston and 11 against TSU, Air Force and New Mexico, respectively. Both players scored in double-figures against Boise, with Lovings going for 14 and Colbert adding 13. Only one time this season has one scored in double-figures and the Frogs lost (NC State - Colbert: 16 points).

NCAA Stats Update
As the Frogs entered this week's games, TCU ranked in the top 50 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (No. 22 - .351) and blocked shots per game (No. 10 - 6.0). Individually, sophomore Latricia Lovings currently sits No. 35 in the nation in blocks per game (2.2), while Natalie Ventress ranks No. 38 in free throw percentage (.844).

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Air Force game can follow the game live via a live web stream, 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. 

Last Time Out
TCU had four players score in double-figures Saturday,including three freshmen, as the Frogs exploded in the second half late to down Boise State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 73-69.

After trailing at the break 28-24, the Horned Frogs, now 13-13 overall and 6-5 in the Mountain West, simply caught fire in the second half as freshman Natalie Ventress led a TCU attack late firing on all cylinders. When it was all said and done, the Purple and White went on an 18-5 run to pull ahead by 12 with a minute left. The Frogs, who shot 51.9 percent in the second half and 45.3 overall in the game, forced Boise State, who is now 13-13 overall and 4-7 in league play, into 25 turnovers as TCU stole the rock 13 times in the contest. The Purple and White also secured points in the paint Saturday, holding a 36-28 advantage, while totaling 28 points off of turnovers. 

For a second-straight game, Ventress, a Fort Worth native, scored 20 points after intermission. This time she netted 21 in the second half, which follows a 20-point outburst against UNLV earlier this week. In all, Ventress, who simply could not miss in the second half from long distance going 4-of-6 from three, scored a total of 23 points, which marks her third-straight game and sixth overall with 20 or more points.

Fellow freshman Chelsea Prince and sophomore Latricia Lovings each totaled 14 points apiece, respectively, while Ashley Colbert chipped in with 13 points and a career-high five blocks.

Up Next
TCU will play its final road game of the season on Saturday at New Mexico. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT. 

 


 

 


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