Women's Hoops Set for Opener Against ULM
Nov. 8, 2013
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.
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.
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.
The Frogs have won three of the last four games against SMU, including a 76-70 victory last season.
OPENING A SEASON STRONG
Two out of the last four seasons, the Frogs have surpassed the 90-point mark in their season opener.
MEDLEY EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
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.
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).