Zahna Medley and the Horned Frogs return to the postseason for the first time since 2011
March 17, 2014
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The TCU women's basketball team has earned an automatic berth into the 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) where it will face Colorado at 8 p.m., CT on Wednesday in Boulder.
The Horned Frogs earned their first trip to the postseason since the 2010-11 season and the 12th time in head coach Jeff Mittie's 15th season at the helm. TCU makes its third appearance in the WNIT with previous showings in 2011 and 2008.
TCU ended the regular season with the Big 12's top scoring defense, allowing just 57.7 points per game. The Frogs have limited 15 of its 32 opponents to 35-percent shooting or below from the field and 23 of 32 to under 40 percent. TCU ranks sixth nationally in blocks per game (6.2) and 20th in field-goal percentage defense (35.9) while snagging the most steals per game (10.0) in the Big 12 during the regular season.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley was named an All-Big 12 First Team selection, becoming the eighth first-team all-conference honoree in program history. Medley also earned Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team honors after setting TCU single-game tournament records in points (32) and 3-pointers (6) against No. 7 West Virginia in the quarterfinals.
Medley has scored in double figures in 27 games this season and has connected on multiple 3-pointers in 12 of the last 13 games. The Springfield, Ill., native has the fourth-most points in a single season at TCU (541) and needs just 12 points to move into a tie for third (Adrianne Ross, 2006-07).
Senior center Latricia Lovings earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors and currently ranks third nationally with 3.8 blocks per game while posting the most rejections (232) in the country since the start of the 2012-13 season. Lovings' school-record streak of straight games with at least one block finally came to an end on March 7 at 69 contests.
Lovings has registered five or more blocks on 13 occasions and has a total of 123 this season, as only Brittney Griner has swatted more shots in a season in Big 12 history.
Colorado enters postseason play having earned a 17-14 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the Pac-12 Conference. The Buffalo are 10-6 at home this season.
Colorado features size, with nine of the 13 student-athletes standing six feet or taller.
The Buffalo average nearly 69 points per game while holding opponents to 63.0 points per contest, which ranks third in the Pac-12.
Colorado has shot 41 percent from the field while limiting the opposition to 37 percent, also ranking third in the league.
The Buffalo are tough on the glass, averaging 42.1 rebounds per contest for a plus-5.5 margin.
Colorado is led by forwards Jen Reese and Arielle Roberson, who both average 12.0 points per contest. The 6-foot-2 Reese is grabbing nearly six rebounds per game and shoots 48 percent from the field, while the 6-foot-1 Roberson leads the team with 8.4 boards per contest and has gone to the free-throw line 146 times.
Senior guard Brittany Wilson is also scoring in double figures this season with 11.1 points per game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Horned Frogs went 1-1 in the Big 12 Championship, securing a 75-59 victory over Texas Tech before falling just short of the upset against No. 7 West Virginia in a 67-59 decision.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley was named to the Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team after averaging 25.0 points and draining eight 3-pointers in the two contests.
Against Tech, TCU broke a tight game with a 14-0 run midway through the second half to pull away. Four Frogs scored in double figures, including a season-best 14 points from senior center Latricia Lovings.
Medley registered one of the greatest performances in her young career against the Mountaineers, setting TCU tournament records with 32 points and six 3-pointers while going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Lovings followed up her offensive breakout with a stellar game on the defensive end against WVU, swatting seven shots, which tied as the second-most in a Big 12 Championship game.
The two teams were knotted at 31 points apiece at the half and the Frogs took a 43-39 lead with 12:47 remaining on Medley's sixth trey. TCU closed back to within a point with under two minutes remaining but couldn't come any closer.