The Future: An Encore Presentation

May 9, 2013


FORT WORTH, Texas- GoFrogs.com takes a look back at First Team Big 12 All-Freshman Team honoree Zahna Medley's first year in a Horned Frog uniform.

Medley came to TCU this past season following a standout high school career at Springfield High School in Illinois. The 5-foot-6 guard wasted no time in establishing herself as a force, breaking several school records en route to one of the most dominate freshman seasons in the Big 12 and nation.

Medley, who earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades, led TCU in scoring this season, averaging 12.9 points per game. She ranked No. 1 among all league freshmen in scoring and assists. By season's end, the Illinois native, who earned Big 12 Freshman of the Week accolades four times in 2012-13, ranked in the top 20 among all freshmen in the NCAA in points per game, while ranking third nationally among freshmen in assists per contest, averaging 4.3.

In all, Medley was also the only freshmen in the entire country and the Big 12 to record 13 or more assists in a single-game this season, having accomplished the feat against Oklahoma in January. She scored in double-figures 10 times in league games this season, while hitting the 20-point mark six times, which was the most of any newcomer in the conference and included a 21-point outing at the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Dallas.

Medley's 35 points against Kansas in February were the most in a single-game by a TCU freshman since Tricia Payne connected for 36 points against Lamar in 1998. Overall, Medley was the only newcomer in the entire conference to score 35 or more points in a game this season. She joined All-America honorees Baylor's Brittney Griner and K-State's Brittany Chambers as the only players in the Big 12 to record that many points in a single-game during the season. In all, only two other freshmen in the entire country scored more than Medley's 35 points in a single game.

Medley recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 assists against Oklahoma at home. By dishing out 13 assists, Medley set a new school and DMC record for assists in a single-game. Her 13 assists broke Emma Wilson's 12 against SMU on Jan. 25, 1997. To put it into perspective, she fell just three assists short of tying the men's record for assists in a single-game of 16.

She had a game for the ages during non-conference play, scorching SMU for 27 points. During the game, the freshman hit nine three's on only 12 attempts, which helped rewrite both the TCU and Big 12 record books. Medley tied the program and DMC record with nine triples by Amy Sutton Porter against Air Force in 1999, while her nine three's ranks tied for the fourth-best mark all-time in Big 12 history.

A dangerous and consistent shooter from deep, Medley is only going to get better with time and has a chance to see her numbers increase this upcoming season after gaining valuable experience during league play against some of the nation's elite point guards. Look for her to pick up right where she left off during her freshman season and once again shine for the Frogs in 2013-14.

 

 


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