TCU to Face Colorado in WNIT Opening Round

Zahna Medley and the Horned Frogs return to the postseason for the first time since 2011

March 17, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - 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.

• 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.



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