TCU Returns to Hardwood Saturday Night

Feb. 22, 2013


TCU (8-17; 1-13) vs. West Virginia (15-10, 7-7)

 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  WVU leads, 3-0
 Last Meeting  Jan. 15, 2013 (L, 50-58)

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off a 64-63 upset victory over No. 22 Oklahoma State, TCU will look to continue its winning ways in league play Saturday against West Virginia, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Saturday's contest will mark the fourth meeting between the Frogs and Mountaineers in program history. In all, the two programs have never met in Fort Worth.

The Opponent
West Virginia, who is receiving votes in both national polls, brings a 15-10 overall record and 7-7 conference mark into Saturday's showdown after defeating No. 23 Iowa State in Ames, 68-66. Against the Cyclones, WVU trailed 27-22 at intermission, but shot a blistering 68 percent from the field in the closing half to capture their seventh conference victory. Individually, Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers, who lead the conference in steals and offensive rebounding in league play, with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field, while Ayana Dunning chipped in with 13 points. 

On the season, junior Chistal Caldwell has carried the load for West Virginia, averaging 13.3 points per game, while Dunning has added 10 points a contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. During league play, Caldwell has increased her scoring average to 14.6 points per game. 

The Series
TCU and West Virginia will meet for only the fourth time in program history Saturday. Prior to last months 58-50 setback in Morgantown, the Horned Frogs last played the Mountaineers in 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. In 2010, No. 21 TCU dropped a physical back-and-fourth 62-49 contest to No. 10 West Virginia. In the only other meeting, the Frogs fell 73-61 in 1989 at the Lady Deacon Classic in North Carolina. 

Another Ranked Team Goes Down
TCU defeated No. 22/23 Oklahoma State Wednesday night, 64-63. With the victory, the Frogs have now defeated at least one ranked team in 10 out of the last 11 seasons. TCU also now owns 18 victories all-time against ranked opponents, each of which has come in Jeff Mittie's tenure.

Following Up Success
In the 17 previous victories against nationally ranked opponents, the Frogs have fared well in the game directly following the nationally ranked contest by going 12-5 all-time under head coach Jeff Mittie. The only losses during that stretch came to No. 6 Louisiana Tech (2001), No. 14 Houston (2004), No. 9 Rutgers (2006). Houston (2007) and No. 24 Oklahoma State (2008). 

The Last Time
In a physical game back and fourth game, TCU forced West Virginia into 24 turnovers in January, but couldn't make enough plays down the stretch, dropping a close 58-50 decision to the Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. The Horned Frogs, who battled West Virginia all night, overcame a fast start by the Mountaineers and went to intermission tied at 27-27. TCU trailed by only two with 2:24 remaining in the game, but couldn't get over the hump in the end. 

On the night, junior Latricia Lovings dominated down low, blocking five shots, while also grabbing 13 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end of the court.

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 four games remaining before conference tournament action begins next month in Dallas, TCU will look to better its league record, beginning Saturday against West Virginia. With Wednesday's Oklahoma State game, 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 20-6 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 (13.0). 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. 

The Difference
The Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 50 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 32 less three-point shot attempts.

Coming Of Age 
After 25 games, Latricia Lovings has blocked more shots then she did during the entire 2011-12 campaign, swatting away 87 shots compared to 68 last season. She has also surpassed her total from a year ago in rebounds. In 30 games a year ago, the junior grabbed a total of 169 rebounds, while this season she has already corralled 234 boards.

Keep Her On The Court
Sophomore Natalie Ventress, who had not missed a single free throw during conference action prior to the Texas Tech game, has played in a total of 55 games during her short career, starting 53 contests. The Fort Worth native has started 44-straight contests. The last time Ventress didn't start a game was Dec. 20, 2011 against Tulsa. The next closest Horned Frog to start that many consecutive games is junior Latricia Lovings who has started 32-straight.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the West Virginia 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. 

The Last Time Out
TCU had four players score in double-figures Wednesday night en route to a thrilling 64-63 upset victory over No. 22 Oklahoma State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

On a historic night at the DMC, senior's Whitney Williams and Delisa Gross both came up huge, making pivotal plays late in the game Wednesday, which helped TCU record its first Big 12 victory in program history. With 1:36 showing on the clock and the Frogs trailing by one, Williams stepped in front of OSU's Brittney Martin and took a charge, while Gross sealed the TCU victory 32 seconds later, scoring a tough layup down low off a miss, which gave the Frogs a 64-63 lead.

In a game that featured six ties and 10 lead changes, Oklahoma State, who had two turnovers and were 0 for 5 from the field in the final five minutes of the game, had one final chance to regain the lead with 9.9 seconds showing on the clock, but Kendra Suttles' three-point attempt with 3 seconds left fell off the front rim and the Horned Frogs were able to record their first conference victory.

Gross led TCU on the night, tying a season-high with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. The Waco native scored exactly 13 earlier this month against the Cowgirls as well.

Up Next
TCU will travel to Texas on Tuesday. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT.  




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