TCU Opens Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship

March 7, 2013


TCU (9-20; 2-16) vs. Kansas (17-12; 8-10)

 Date (Time)  Friday, March 8 (8:30 p.m. CT)
 Location  American Airlines Center | Dallas, Texas
 Big 12 Digital Network
 TV Talent
 Ron Thulin (Play-By-Play); Brenda VanLengen (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Lewis (Play-By-Play); John Denton (Color)
 Stats  Live Stats
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  Kansas leads, 2-1
 Last Meeting  March 5, 2013 (L, 74-67)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship Friday night when it takes on Kansas. Tip-off is set for 8:30 p.m. CT from the American Airlines Center in Dallas and will mark the second-consecutive meeting between the two schools after the Horned Frogs fell to the Jayhawks in their final regular-season game this past Tuesday, 74-67.

No. 10 seeded TCU will be going for its second victory in four tries over No. 7 seeded Kansas. Friday's opening round game will be shown live on the Big 12 Digital Network with Ron Thulin (Play-By-Play) and Brenda VanLengen (Color) calling the action live from Dallas.

The Opponent
Kansas, who closed regular-season action with a 17-12 overall record and 8-10 mark in league play, comes into Friday night fresh off a 74-67 defeat of the Horned Frogs this past Tuesday at Allen Fieldhouse. Against TCU, Carolyn Davis tallied 27 points and 11 boards, while Markisha Hawkins chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds. On the season, Davis and Angel Goodrich have led the way, scoring 15.8 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. 

The Series
TCU and Kansas will meet for only the fourth time in program history Friday. The Jayhawks lead the all-time series, 2-1. Prior to the two setbacks this season, the Horned Frogs took down then No. 18 Kansas in the final game of the 2009 Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island, 74-69.

Tournament History
When TCU takes to the court Friday night, the Frogs will be playing in their fifth different conference tournament in program history, having played in the SWC, WAC, Conference USA, Mountain West and now the Big 12. Below is a look at the Purple and White's history in conference tournaments. 

• Head coach Jeff Mittie has 16 of the program's 17 victories in conference tournaments all-time. 
• TCU is 17-20 in conference tournament games all-time in program history.
• Mittie has led TCU to three conference tournament titles. (2001, 2003 & 2005).
• TCU has made the finals five times, semifinals nine times and quarterfinals 11 times.
• TCU has won its opening round game nine times.
• TCU has only played in three overtime games in conference tournament history all-time. 
• TCU last played a conference tournament game in Dallas on March 6, 1996 at Moody Coliseum. 
• TCU has never won a conference tournament game in Dallas in six previous tries. 
• The last time TCU played a conference tournament game in Texas was 2004 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
• TCU has won two out of its last three tournament games in the state of Texas heading into Friday.
• TCU will be playing its 11th tournament game all-time in program history in the state of Texas Friday.

The Two Game Series
TCU and Kansas will not only battle for a third time this season Friday night, but also for the second time this week, having played this past Tuesday in Lawrence. Below is a quick look at some key notes from the two previous games. 

• In both games, TCU had the lead at the seven-minute mark of the second half. 
• Freshmen Zahna Medley, Kamy Cole and Veja Hamilton have combined to score 65.4 percent of TCU's scoring in the two meetings. 
• 77.2 percent of Medley's and Cole's makes against KU have come from behind the arc. 
• 90 percent of Cole's points against KU have come from three-point land.
• 41 percent of TCU's attempts against Kansas have come from three. 
• In comparison, only 32 percent of KU's shot attempts in the season series have come from behind the line. 
• Both teams are shooting about 39 percent from the field in the two meetings combined. 
• Kansas has outscored the Frogs in the paint, 62-44. On Tuesday, the Jayhawks only scored six more points than TCU down low. 

A Closer Look At The Season Series
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. On the night, 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.

In game No. 2, TCU, who shot 41.5 percent from the field, including 47.6 from behind the arc, was led on the night by freshman Kamy Cole's 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The Brock native, who opened the game red hot from deep, made all five of her field goals from behind the arc. In all, the game this past Tuesday featured six ties and 11 lead changes.

The Next Round
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 16 losses they have shot just 33 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 16 losses averaged 3.3 points per contest and only 37 percent from the floor.

A Career Game
Zahna Medley scored a career-high 35 points against Kansas. Her 35 points were not only the fifth-best mark in program history, but also the highest-point total since former Frog great Emily Carter dropped 43 points against SMU in 2010.    

Medley Torches Kansas
Zahna Medley's 35 points were the most in a single-game by a TCU freshman since Tricia Payne connected for 36 points against Lamar in 1998. Overall, Medley is the only newcomer in the entire conference to score 35 or more points. She joins Baylor's Brittney Griner and K-State's Brittany Chambers as the only other player in the Big 12 to record that many points overall and in league play.  Only two other freshmen in the entire country have scored more than Medley's 35 points in a single-game. Jillian Alleyne (Oregon) and Emily Schill (San Jose St.) dropped 38 and 36 points earlier this year, respectively. 

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.

The Difference
The Purple and White have gotten to the charity stripe 63 more times in the second half during league play, while limiting its opponent to 38 less three-point attempts and 23 less shot attempts.

Help Is On The Way
On the year, the Frogs have made opponents pay off the bench a total of 15 times, while outscoring all opponents off the bench, 496-362. Against ISU at home, TCU outscored the Cyclones, 23-5.

Getting To The Break
In 29 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.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Kansas 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. 



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