Feb. 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off its largest margin of victory in a Big 12 game this season, the TCU women's basketball team returns to action to play host to No. 5 Baylor at 11 a.m., on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The contest will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest.
Prior to Saturday's contest, TCU will host the National Girls and Women in Sports Day clinic at the Sam Baugh Indoor Facility, where girls in eighth grade or under can interact with TCU student-athletes. To sign up, visit GoFrogs.com and enter promo code "GIRLS" under the Tickets tab, or click here. Cost is just $4 and registration begins at 9 a.m., while the clinic runs from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Saturday also marks the TCU Lettermen's Association Basketball Alumni Reunion Doubleheader, where former standouts from the men's and women's basketball programs will be recognized and take part in various activities.
After allowing the fewest points this season (44) against Kansas State on Wednesday, TCU now ranks as the Big 12's top scoring defense and places 22nd nationally (57.3 ppg). TCU also ranks sixth in the country in blocks per game (6.2) and eighth in field-goal percentage defense (34.7) while snagging the most steals per game (9.9) in the Big 12. Four Horned Frogs currently rank among the top-12 steal getters in the league.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley is averaging 21.2 points over the last six contests and ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.5 ppg). Medley has scored in double figures in 21 games this season and surpassed the 20-point threshold in 10 contests. Medley has connected on multiple 3-pointers in six of the last seven games and ranks third in the Big 12 with 57 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 17 of the last 18 games while shooting 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range during that span.
Senior center Latricia Lovings currently ranks fifth nationally with 3.8 blocks per game while posting the most rejections (207) in the country since the start of the 2012-13 season. Lovings has recorded at least one block in a school-record 65-straight games and has five or more blocks in 10 contests this season.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU cruised to a 64-44 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night in a historic contest that saw head coach Jeff Mittie earn his 300th win at TCU and junior guard Natalie Ventress become the 13th member of the school's 1,000-point club.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led the Horned Frogs with a game-high 16 points, while Ventress tallied 15 points and junior forward Chelsea Prince added 11 points and five first-half steals.
Senior center Latricia Lovings grabbed 10 rebounds, marking her sixth double-figure rebounding game while swatting five shots for her 10th contest of five or more rejections this season.
The Horned Frogs got off to a slow start, trailing 10-2 at the 14:53 mark before blowing the contest open with a 30-3 run through the first two minutes of the second half.
TCU allowed the fewest points this season as K-State managed just 44, while holding the Wildcats to 31 percent from the field with 22 turnovers.
With TCU's 20-point victory, the Horned Frogs posted their most lopsided victory in a conference game since defeating Air Force by a score of 61-31 on Feb. 22, 2012.
Baylor enters Saturday's contest having won nine-straight games for a 23-3 overall record and 13-1 mark in Big 12 play.
The Lady Bears are currently ranked No. 6 in the AP Top-25 Poll and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Baylor boasts the league's top offense, pacing the conference in scoring (86.5 ppg), scoring margin (+24.9), assists (19.5 apg) and offensive rebounds (17.8 rpg). Baylor also ranks second in field goal (.443) and 3-point percentage (.353).
Defensively, the Lady Bears are allowing 61.5 points per game while leading the Big 12 in turnover margin (+5.9) and ranking third in field-goal percentage defense (.351).
Baylor is led by National Player of the Year candidate Odyssey Sims, who leads the nation with over 30 points per game. The senior guard also leads the league in 3-point percentage (.447) and 3-pointers per game (3.1) while averaging over eight trips to the free-throw line per game, where she shoots 82 percent.
Freshman forward Nina Davis has made an instant impact, averaging 13.4 points per game while leading the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.592) and offensive rebounds (3.8 rpg) and ranking second in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and sixth in steals (1.8 spg).
TCU VS. BAYLOR - THE SERIES
TCU and Baylor will meet for the second time this season and just the fourth time since 1996, as the Lady Bears have claimed 25 of the 30 meetings dating back to 1983.
Baylor has claimed 15 straight victories against the Horned Frogs since 1990, while TCU is 3-12 all-time against the Lady Bears at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs dropped the earlier meeting this season to Baylor by a score of 80-46 in Waco on Jan. 11. Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led TCU with 10 points, while senior center Latricia Lovings posted six points, six rebounds and six blocks.
Saturday's contest against Baylor will be aired on FOX Sports Southwest with Russell Scott and Janice Dziuk calling the action. Fans can also listen to the contest on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 and FrogVision with Jeff Williams and Jeff Lewis on the call.
For live updates, fans can follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.
Tickets for Saturday's Big 12 contest against Baylor can be purchased for as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth.
For more information, fans can click here or call 817-257-FROG.