Women's Basketball Set to Clash with SMU

Nov. 12, 2013

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team returns to action Wednesday with a 7 p.m., showdown with rival SMU at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas.

The two teams will meet at an off-campus site for the first time in the series history as SMU's Moody Coliseum is currently undergoing renovations.

The Horned Frogs opened the 2013-14 season in impressive fashion on Saturday with an 86-47 victory over Louisiana-Monroe at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The 86 points marked the seventh-most points in a season opener in program history.

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led the way with one of the top performances of her young career, earning her third-career double-double with 24 points and 10 assists to go with a career-best five steals. Medley was perfect from the field in the contest's first 24 minutes and finished 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

Junior guard Natalie Ventress made her 50th-consecutive start, posting 12 points, fueled by a 3-of-6 effort from distance as the Fort Worth native moved into 10th spot in program history with 102 career 3-pointers.

Senior forward Latricia Lovings and junior guard Donielle Breaux also scored in double figures with 11 points apiece, while center Klara Bradshaw became the 10th true freshman to start her first collegiate game under head coach Jeff Mittie and finished with six points, five rebounds and three blocks.

FOLLOW LIVE
Fans can hear the contest live on KTCU 88.7 with Jeff Williams calling all of the action, or with a subscription to All-Access.

For live updates, fans can also follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.

THE OPPONENT
SMU returns four starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that claimed the Conference USA regular season title, including senior Keena Mays, who claimed C-USA Player of the Year honors.

The Mustangs opened the season with an 87-65 win over Grambling State on Sunday. Mays, a 5-foot-7 guard who averaged 18.4 points per game a year ago, posted a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray (6-foot-0) posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while senior forward Akil Simpson (6-foot-0) nearly missed a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.

THE SERIES
TCU and SMU continue the rivalry for the 56th time, as SMU leads the overall series that dates back to 1978 by a 39-16 margin. Wednesday's meeting will mark the first time the two squads will meet at an off-campus site.

The Horned Frogs have won three of the last four meetings and seven of the last 10.

TCU claimed a 76-70 victory last season over SMU at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, as Zahna Medley erupted for a school-record tying nine 3-pointers in just her fourth collegiate game, including two in the final two minutes.

UP NEXT
Following Wednesday's clash with SMU, the Horned Frogs return home to play host to Texas State at 7 p.m., Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

TCU then has a quick turnaround, hosting Grambling State on Monday before its trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope on Nov. 26-28.

 

 


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