Women's Hoops Set for Opener Against ULM

Nov. 8, 2013

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Monday, Nov. 9, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team officially opens the 2013-14 season at 7 p.m., Saturday when it plays host to Louisiana-Monroe inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Head coach Jeff Mittie enters his 15th season at the helm of the Horned Frogs and welcomes back four starters and eight total letterwinners from a year ago, including five of the top six scorers.

In their most recent action, the Frogs defeated Southern Arkansas by a score of 76-45 in their lone exhibition contest on Monday.

Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Zahna Medley led TCU with a game-high 24 points off a 4-of-9 effort from 3-point range and 9-of-11 performance from the free-throw line. The sophomore guard, who also added three assists and three steals in the win, enters Saturday's matchup having connected on a 3-pointer in 29 of her 30 career contests.

Senior center Latricia Lovings also scored in double figures on Monday with 14 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks. The Fort Worth native, who averaged 9.0 rebounds per game a year ago, needs just 10 boards to become the 10th member of TCU's 500-rebound club.

Freshman center Klara Bradshaw registered an all-around performance against Southern Arkansas with nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks in just 24 minutes, while junior guard Natalie Ventress also added nine points and looks to make her 50th-consecutive start on Saturday.

THE OPPONENT
ULM returns an experienced squad for the 2013-14 campaign, including all five starters and 10 total letterwinners from last season's team that went 10-21 overall and 7-13 in Sunbelt Conference play.

Four of five starters returning for the Warhawks are seniors, including 6-1 forward Ashleigh Simmons, who led the team last season with 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field. Fellow seniors Alexar Tugler and Jasmine Shaw also averaged double-figure scoring with 10.8 and 10.3 points per contest, respectively.

THE SERIES
TCU and ULM will meet for just the fifth time in the series that dates back to 1981, as the Horned Frogs hold a 3-1 overall advantage.

TCU is a perfect 3-0 against the Warhawks at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with the lone loss coming in Monroe in 1981.

The two teams last met on Dec. 1, 2009, as the Frogs came away with a 65-44 victory.

UP NEXT
Following Saturday's season opener, TCU will take to the road for the first time this season to meet rival SMU at 7 p.m., on Wednesday. Due to renovations to SMU's Moody Coliseum, the game will take place at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

The Frogs have won three of the last four games against SMU, including a 76-70 victory last season.

OPENING A SEASON STRONG
The Horned Frogs have won 11 season openers in 14 seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie. TCU is 25-11 all-time when opening the season at home and 13-1 under head coach Jeff Mittie at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Two out of the last four seasons, the Frogs have surpassed the 90-point mark in their season opener.

MEDLEY EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley was tabbed a Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection, marking one of only 11 student-athletes to be honored as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches.

Medley received the distinction following a freshman season that saw her earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors as well as being a unanimous First-Team All-Freshman Team selection.

The Springfield, Ill., native led the Horned Frogs with 12.9 points and 4.3 assists per game, leading all freshmen in the Big 12 in both categories while placing third among all freshmen nationally in assists.

Medley exploded on the scene in just her fourth collegiate game, draining nine 3-pointers en route to a 27-point performance against SMU, tying a program record while ranking fourth in Big 12 history for made 3-pointers in a game.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
For the second consecutive season the Horned Frogs will be one of the youngest teams in the Big 12 Conference.

TCU is the third-youngest team in the Big 12 at roughly 19 years, 10 months, behind only Kansas (19 years, 8 months) and Texas Tech (19 years, 9 months). In total, seven of the Frogs' 13 eligible players are either freshmen (4) or sophomores (3).

 

 


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