TCU Set for Texas Tuesday in Austin

Feb. 25, 2013


TCU (8-18; 1-14) vs. Texas (10-16, 3-12)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Frank Erwin Center | Austin, Texas
 Longhorn Network
 TV Talent
 Fran Harris (Play-By-Play); Nell Fortner (Color)
 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  Texas leads, 31-0
 Last Meeting  Feb. 2, 2013 (L, 56-61)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will hit the road Tuesday for a conference showdown with Texas at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT and will be shown on the Longhorn Network with Fran Harris and Nell Fortner calling the action live. 

The Horned Frogs, who dropped a 66-56 decision to West Virginia this past Saturday, will play in Austin for the first time since 2002 and will be looking for their first win in program history against the Longhorns.

The Opponent
Texas comes into Tuesday with a 10-16 overall record, including a 3-12 conference mark after falling at No. 1 Baylor, 67-47. Against the Bears, junior Chassidy Fussell led the Longhorns with a team-high 16 points, while freshman Imani McGee-Stafford totaled nine points and 11 boards.

Fussell has carried a young Texas squad this season, averaging 15.1 points per game, while grabbing 5.2 rebounds per contest. Nneka Enemkpali has also been solid over the course of the season, recording 13.1 points per contest and 9.2 boards.

The Series
TCU and Texas will be playing for the 32nd time in program history Tuesday. The Horned Frogs will look to garner their first win against the Longhorns Tuesday. Texas leads the all-time series, 31-0. In the last meeting in Austin between the two schools, UT dismantled the Purple and White, 86-54. Now assistant coach Ebony Gilliam started the 2002 contest and saw 21 minutes of action against the Longhorns.

The Last Time
TCU pulled within one with a minute to play earlier this month, but in the end couldn't make enough plays down the stretch as Texas narrowly escaped Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a 61-56 victory.

With 23 seconds left in a game that was powered by runs, the Frogs appeared to be well on their way to recording their first conference victory of the year when freshman Kamy Cole drove to the hole and drew two defenders, but her pass just missed the out-stretched arms of Latricia Lovings and scampered out of bounds. After a couple of free throws by Texas' Imani McGee-Stafford, Zahna Medley tried one last time to send the game into overtime, but her three-point shot was blocked with 10 seconds to go in the game.

Closing It Out
TCU has only lost once in its final three regular-season contests, dating back to a 70-65 setback to BYU in 2010. In all, the Frogs are 8-1 during that stretch, including 3-1 on the road. 

What's On Tap
Senior Delisa Gross will play her final home game later this week against Iowa State. Gross has come on as of late, averaging 9.5 points per game, while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. She is also averaging 5.5 boards a game, while playing an average of 22 minutes. 

A Young Match-Up
TCU and Texas feature the two youngest teams in the Big 12 conference. Both start three freshmen, one sophomore and a junior. The Horned Frogs and Longhorns both have two of the more talented newcomers in the conference in Zahna Medley and Texas' Imani McGee-Stafford. Medley has been named Big 12 Freshman of the Week four times this season, while McGee-Stafford has taken home the weekly honor five times.

The Final Stretch
With only three games remaining before conference tournament action begins next month in Dallas, TCU will look to better its league record Tuesday at Texas. Beginning with last 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 20-7 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. 

Ventress Starting to Heat Up
In five out of the last seven games, sophomore Natalie Ventress has started to catch fire in the scoring column, tallying 16, 24, 23, 10 and 21 points against Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia, 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. 

The Three Amigos
At home against Texas, the trio of Natalie Ventress, Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley scored 38 of TCU's 56 points. They also connected on seven of the Frogs' eight three-pointers in the game against the Longhorns. Upon further review, Cole and Medley combined to score 18 of the Purple and White's 23 first half points against UT. Medley closed the opening frame dropping seven of TCU's final nine points in the half.

Newcomers Making Headway
During conference action Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley have scored 39 percent of the Frogs scoring. In the last 12 games alone, Medley and Cole have accounted for 40 percent of the Frogs scoring. In all, the five newcomers have combined to score 59 percent of the Frogs 652 points in the last 12 outings.

The Difference
The Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 56 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 35 less three-point shot attempts.

The Last Time Out
Natalie Ventress scored a game-high 21 points Saturday night, but TCU dropped a hard fought 66-56 decision to West Virginia at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

In a tight contest throughout the night, Ventress, who scored 15 of her 21 in the second half, went 5-of-11 from the field, while also grabbing nine boards. Freshman Kamy Cole was the only other Horned Frog in double-figures with 15 points. Defensively Saturday, junior Latricia Lovings tallied a game-high seven blocks, while the Purple and White forced 16 turnovers.

West Virginia, who is receiving votes in both national polls, was led on the night by guard Taylor Palmer. Palmer scored 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep. Ayana Dunning also had a solid outing, recording 15 points and eight boards. 

At the two-minute mark of the contest, senior Delisa Gross cut the Mountaineer lead to eight off a three, but the Frogs, who played relentless trapping defense down the stretch which forced several turnovers, weren't able to complete the comeback and capture their second-straight conference victory.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Texas 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 close out its home schedule Saturday against Iowa State. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.  




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