The Future: Ventress Continues to Improve
May 20, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - GoFrogs.com takes a look at junior Natalie Ventress' second year in the women's basketball program.
Ventress continues to show why she was so highly regarded coming out of high school as she is quickly becoming one of the better players in the Big 12 Conference heading into her junior year. A double-digit scorer in her first two years in the program, look for Ventress, who has started 49-straight contests, to continue to produce for the Frogs in the scoring column in 2013-14 as she gets more accustomed to Big 12 play. She has the potential to be an All-Big 12 honoree this next season, while also pushing for all-region honors.
Ventress, who needs only 258 points to post 1,000 points for her career, closed the 2012-13 school year ranked 38th in the NCAA in free throw percentage, shooting 84.3 percent from the charity stripe. The Fort Worth native finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game, which ranked 20th overall in the Big 12 Conference. She led TCU in scoring 11 times on the season, while scoring in double-figures 16 times on the year.
Ventress hit the 20-point mark five times in 2012-13, including a career-high 27 points against Oklahoma, which was aided by 23 in the first half. Not to be outdone, the former Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honoree posted 24 points, including six 3-pointers, at Oklahoma State. In all, she has scored 20 or more points 12 times in her two-year career, while recording double-digit outings in 34 contests.