Women's Hoops Set for Exhibition on Monday
Nov. 3, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team continues its preparations for the 2013-14 season with an exhibition contest against Southern Arkansas at 7 p.m., Monday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Admission to the game is free to the public.
The Horned Frogs officially open the season on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Louisiana-Monroe at 7 p.m., at DMC.
Head coach Jeff Mittie enters his 15th season at the helm of the Horned Frogs and welcomes back four of five starters and eight total letterwinners from a year ago, including five of the top six scorers. TCU also welcomes four talented newcomers to the mix.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley looks to build on a stellar freshman campaign when she led all freshmen in the Big 12 in scoring (12.9 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg) en route to Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors. The Springfield, Ill., native, who recently picked up Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades, ranked third in TCU single-season history in made 3-pointers (77) and eighth in assists (130).
Junior guard Natalie Ventress enters her third season in the Purple and White after averaging double-figure scoring in each of her first two seasons at TCU. Ventress enters the season having started in 49-consecutive games and needs only 258 points to become the 12th member of the 1,000-point club at TCU.
Center Latricia Lovings returns for her senior season after a breakout junior campaign that saw the Fort Worth native rank third nationally in blocks per game (3.6) while grabbing 100 more rebounds (9.0 rpg) than her previous season best. Lovings currently ranks second in program history with 109 career blocks, while needing just 10 more rebounds to become the 10th member of TCU's 500-rebound club.
The Muleriders return only three letterwinners, including two starters, off of last season's squad that went winless. Junior guard Katherine McBride returns after leading SAU in points (15.2 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and free throws (92-128, .719), while also adding 6.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Stevi Cooper represents the other returning starter after averaging 7.8 points per contest a year ago.
OPENING A SEASON STRONG
Two out of the last four seasons, the Frogs have surpassed the 90-point mark in their season opener.
TCU is 25-11 all-time when opening the season at home and 13-1 under head coach Jeff Mittie at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
TCU is 3-1 all-time against Louisiana-Monroe, including a perfect 3-0 mark when playing the Warhawks in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The two teams last met on Dec. 1, 2009 in Fort Worth, where TCU came away with a 65-44 victory.
HOME SWEET HOME AT THE DMC
TCU saw a 27-game home winning streak come to an end during the 2011-12 season. The streak ranked as the longest in the Mountain West Conference and was No. 3 in the nation at the time. The previous school record of 19 straight home wins was set between Jan. 18, 2006 and Feb. 22, 2007.
The Horned Frogs have knocked off 10 nationally-ranked opponents inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since the 1999-00 season.