TCU Closes Home Slate Saturday

Feb. 28, 2013

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TCU (8-19; 1-15) vs. Iowa State (20-6, 11-5)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, March 2 (4:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 Fox Sports Southwest
 TV Talent
 Doug Anderson (Play-By-Play); Janice Dziuk (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  Iowa State leads, 3-0
 Last Meeting  Jan. 12, 2013 (L, 52-68)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will close out the home portion of its schedule Saturday afternoon against No. 21 Iowa State. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. CT and will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest with Doug Anderson (Play-By-Play) and former Horned Frog great Janice Dziuk (Color) calling the action live. 

The Frogs, who dropped a 59-46 setback to Texas Tuesday night, will play the Cyclones for the first time in Fort Worth in program history. Saturday's tilt will mark the final home game for senior duo Delisa Gross and Whitney Williams

The Opponent
No. 21 Iowa State comes into Saturday's contest with a 20-6 overall record and 11-5 league mark after downing Kansas, 83-68.  Against the Jayhawks, ISU, who currently sits No. 2 in the conference standings, was led by Hallie Christofferson and Anna Prins.  Christofferson tallied 20 points, while Prins added 19. In all, the Cyclones shot 48.3 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from behind the arc. 

On the season, Christofferson is averaging 15.9 points per game, while grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game. Chelsea Poppens has also been solid with 13.1 points a contest and 9.3 boards an outing. Sophomore Nikki Moody, who leads the league in assists per outing, is averaging 7.44 assists per game, while ranking fourth in the NCAA in assists. 

The Series
TCU and Iowa State will meet for only the fourth time in program history Saturday. ISU leads the all-time series, 3-0. Prior to January's 68-52 setback in Ames, the Horned Frogs last played the Cyclones in 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. In 2010, now staff member Emily Carter netted a game-high 21 points, but No. 21 TCU fell, 64-59. In the only other meeting in Ames, the Frogs dropped an 88-60 decision in 1986.

The Last Time
TCU came up short in January, falling to No. 24 Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum, 68-52. It was a tale of two halves for the Horned Frogs as they shot 42.9 percent from the field during the first half, but couldn't connect on a couple of key possessions midway through the second frame of play.

Zahna Medley led TCU on the night with 11 points, which included the Illinois native going 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Fellow freshman Kamy Cole chipped in with nine points, while sophomore Donielle Breaux added seven.

A March Run
TCU hasn't lost its final regular-season home game since the 2004-05 season. In all, the Frogs are 10-3 in their final home game at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in Jeff Mittie's tenure. Two of the three losses came during Mittie's first two seasons at the helm. In regular-season games in March, TCU is 11-2 under Mittie, falling only to SMU (2000) and BYU (2010).

Closing It Out
TCU will honor senior's Delisa Gross and Whitney Williams Saturday against Iowa State. The duo, who has helped usher a young Frog team into the toughest conference in the entire country, have been a part of 24 wins the last two years. 

Williams opened her career at Iowa State and transferred to TCU following two years in Ames. She has scored in double-figures five times during her two-year career in Fort Worth, including a career-high 18 points last season against Colorado State. The Fort Worth native has seen action in every game for the Frogs during her two-year stint. 

Gross has been a part of two post-season appearances during her time in Fort Worth, while helping TCU record 68 wins in her four years. The Waco product has posted four games this season in double-digits in the scoring column, including 13 in TCU's first Big 12 victory over No. 22 Oklahoma State last month. She has 22 double-digit scoring games during her career and will close out her four-year stint with over 600 points and 58 starts.

The Final Stretch
With only two games remaining before conference tournament action begins in Dallas, TCU will look to better its league record Saturday against Iowa State. Beginning with last Wednesday's Oklahoma State game, the Frogs closed 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 20-8 during the last five regular-season games.  

Ventress Starting to Heat Up
In five out of the last eight 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 final month of the regular-season.

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 31 of the Purple and White's 41 first half points in both games combined against UT. 

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 is currently in the top-20 among all freshmen in the NCAA this season in points per game (12.7). Medley also ranks fifth among all freshmen in assists per game (4.1) 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 52 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 39 less three-point shot attempts.

From Way Downtown
The Horned Frogs have continued to shoot the three-ball with consistency all year. In all, the Frogs have hit 10 or more three's in a single-game seven times this season, including three games in which TCU connected on 12 triples. The Frogs record in those contests is 3-4. The only losses during that stretch came against Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas.

The Block Party Continues
Junior Latricia Lovings has become one of the NCAA's elite shot blockers in her short time at TCU. The Fort Worth native now has 185 for her career. The junior, who closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest, moved into No. 2 all-time for a career in TCU history this season. 

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Iowa 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. 

Last Time Out
TCU stormed all the way back off a 24-4 run Tuesday night to tie the game midway through the second half, but Texas was able to hold on for a 59-46 victory at the Frank Erwin Center.

The Horned Frogs who opened the second half on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 34-34 with 12:51 showing on the scoreboard, tried time and time again to complete the comeback, but in the end couldn't get over the hump. In all, between the first and second half Tuesday, the Frogs went on a 24-4 run. 

On the night, Kamy Cole led the Horned Frog attack with 14 points and five boards, while Zahna Medley added nine points.

TCU, who exploded out of the locker room at the break, was in the midst of a 20-2 run between the two periods when Chelsea Prince rebounded the rock and drove it home to make the score 32-30 with 14:06 to go in the half. In all, the freshmen trio of Medley, Cole and Veja Hamilton scored 14 of the 20 points.

With the scoreboard reading 34-32 in slight favor of Texas, Cole promptly found Ashley Colbert down low to tie the game at 34-34 with a little over 12 minutes remaining in the half.

Up Next
TCU will close regular-season action at Kansas Tuesday, March 5. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. 


 

 


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