TCU Closes Regular Season at Kansas

March 3, 2013

newwbbgraphic29.jpg

TCU (9-19; 2-15) vs. Kansas (16-12; 7-10)

 Date (Time)  Tuesday, March 5 (7:00 p.m. CT)
 Location  Allen Fieldhouse | Lawrence, Kan.
 TV
 Metro Sports
 TV Talent
 Nate Bukaty (Play-By-Play); Brenda VanLengen (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Lewis (Play-By-Play)
 Stats  Live Stats
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  Series is currently tied, 1-1
 Last Meeting  Feb. 13, 2013 (L, 75-76)


FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off its thrilling 61-58 victory over No. 23 Iowa State, TCU will close regular-season action Tuesday night at Kansas.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT and will be shown on Metro Sports with Nate Bukaty (Play-By-Play) and Brenda VanLengen (Color) calling the action live. 

The Horned Frogs will look to claim their second victory all-time over the Jayhawks in three tries. TCU will be playing in Allen Fieldhouse for the first time in program history Tuesday night.

The Opponent
Kansas (16-12; 7-10 Big 12) comes into Tuesday night looking to rebound from an 85-77 setback to Oklahoma Saturday. For the game, KU shot 45 percent from the field, including 41.2 percent from behind the arc, but couldn't record the victory. Individually, Carolyn Davis tallied 18 points and seven boards, while Monica Engelman posted 16 points on 7-of-11 from the field. 

On the season, all-conference candidates Davis and Angel Goodrich have led the way, scoring 15.4 and 14.5 points per game, respectively. Both will be playing their final home game Tuesday night against TCU.

The Series
TCU and Kansas will meet for only the third time in program history Tuesday. Prior to last months 76-75 setback at the DMC, the Horned Frogs took down then No. 18 Kansas in the final game of the 2009 Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island, 74-69.

The Last Time
TCU appeared well on its way to capturing its first Big 12 victory last month, but Kansas scored with 14 seconds left to escape Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a heartbreaking 76-75 victory.

With 32.6 seconds left in a game that the Horned Frogs led by as many as 23 points, Zahna Medley found senior Delisa Gross on a beautiful backdoor to give TCU a one-point lead. Kansas came right back though and scored a layup of its own with 14 seconds left to take a 76-75 lead. The Frogs had one final chance with 5.6 seconds, but came up short as Kamy Cole's jumper was blocked by Kansas' Chelsea Gardner with time running down.

On the night, freshman Zahna Medley was simply unconscious from deep, scoring a game and career-high 35 points on 10-of-22 from the floor, including 7-of-14 from deep.

The Next Round
TCU will open the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship Friday night. The Frogs, who will be the No. 10 seed in the tournament, will play Tuesday's opponent Kansas at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

For a second-straight year, the Frogs will play the same opponent they ended their regular-season with in the opening round of their conference tournament.   

The Difference
In TCU's two conference victories over Oklahoma State and Iowa State, the Frogs have combined to shoot 40 percent from the field. In comparison, during TCU's 15 losses they have shot just 32 percent from the field. The Frogs have also not allowed their opponent to rebound the ball as well in the two victories. In the losses, the opponent is averaging 45 boards a contest. In the two victories, OSU and ISU averaged only 39.5 boards. 

In all, the Frogs outscored the Cowgirls and Cyclones off the bench a combined, 48-5.

Individually, senior Delisa Gross has stepped up in the two wins, averaging 14.0 points in the two outings, while shooting 69 percent from the field. She is also averaging 10 more minutes in the two games. In comparison, Gross in the 15 losses averaged 3.1 points per contest and only 37 percent from the floor. 

A Few Quick Hits About Iowa State
After defeating No. 23 Iowa State Saturday, the Frogs have now defeated at least two ranked opponents during a single-season four out of the last six years. They also claimed their 19th victory all-time against a ranked foe under head coach Jeff Mittie. Individually, senior Whitney Williams sung the national anthem prior to Saturday's tip, while freshman Zahna Medley posted her 18th double-digit scoring game this season with a team-high 18 points.

A March Run
In regular-season games in March, TCU is 12-2 under Jeff Mittie, falling only to SMU (2000) and BYU (2010). The Frogs have won their final regular-season game the last two years. TCU is 7-6 all-time under Mittie in its final road game of the regular-season. 

The Final Stretch
With only one game remaining before conference tournament action begins in Dallas, TCU will look to better its league record Tuesday at Kansas. 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 21-8 during the last five regular-season games.

Following Up Success
In the previous 18 victories against nationally ranked opponents, the Frogs have fared well in the game directly following the nationally ranked contest by going 12-6 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), No. 24 Oklahoma State (2008) and West Virginia (2013).

An Amazing Stat Line
In the first half against Kansas at home, freshmen Kamy Cole, Veja Hamilton and Zahna Medley combined to score TCU's opening 39 points against the Jayhawks. It wasn't until the 3:00 mark of the opening frame of play that another player scored for the Purple and White. In all, the trio combined for 44 of the 49 first half points in the Frogs home outing.

Getting To The Break
In 28 games, TCU has shown that if it can get to the halftime break with a lead then ultimately the Horned Frogs will come away with a victory, going 7-4 this season when leading at intermission. The only two games the Frogs have won when trailing at the break was their 61-55 victory over UCF earlier this season and the 64-63 downing of OSU. 

The Horned Frogs are an astonishing 17-6 the last two years when leading at intermission.

Gross Key To Frogs Success 
During her four years on campus, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 16-6 when Gross scores in double-figures.

Last Time Out
TCU closed the home portion of its schedule in style, stunning No. 23 Iowa State at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 61-58.

The Horned Frogs, who led by as many as 16 in the second half, opened the second frame of play on a 16-5 run and never looked back, claiming their second conference victory of the season in exciting fashion by making timely plays both offensively and defensively down the stretch. During the opening run, ISU didn't even make a bucket from the field until 14:02 showed on the scoreboard, which was thanks to TCU's relentless defensive pressure.

In a fitting ending to her home career, senior Delisa Gross made it count as she sparked the Frogs with several key baskets en route to a season-high 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-4 from deep. Freshman Zahna Medley led the TCU attack with a team-high 18 points and four assists.

On the day, the Frogs, who shot 41.8 percent from the field, controlled the paint, out-scoring ISU down low, 22-10. The Frogs did a majority of their damage off the bench, holding a 23-5 advantage. TCU also posted a 21-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

 


 

 


    Cook Children's Albertsons
    Pepsi American Airlines