Horned Frogs Head To SMU For Thursday Night Showdown

Delisa Gross (22)

Nov. 16, 2011




TCU Horned Frogs (1-1, 0-0 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 412-186 (1-1 season)
School Record: 261-127 (13th Season)

SMU (2-0, 0-0 Conference USA)
Head Coach: Rhonda Rompola
Career Record: 368-236 (2-0 season)

Location: Dallas, Texas • Arena: Moody Coliseum 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • SMU - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated UTSA, 65-30
Television: None
Live Video: http://smumustangs.cstv.com/allaccess 
Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess 
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM)
Russell Scott (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. SMU:  SMU Leads, 38-15
Last Meeting vs. SMU:  2010, TCU Win (87-73 (2OT))

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will travel down the road to SMU Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. CT, as the Horned Frogs will look for their second-straight win at Moody Coliseum.

Coming off a 65-30 upending of UTSA, the Frogs will look to improve to 2-1 on the year against a SMU squad that is currently 2-0 on the season. Overall, the Frogs have won seven out of their last nine games against the Mustangs, including five out of their last six in Dallas. 

The Opponent
SMU will be going for its third-straight win Thursday night after opening the season with victories over Alcorn State and Arkansas-Little Rock. In their last outing, the Mustangs used a 19-0 second-half run to score a 69-60 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock Monday night. SMU had two players score in double-figures with Alisha Filmore leading the way with 15 points.

Alisha Filmore and Samantha Mahnesmith have led the Mustang attack, averaging 11.0 points per game, respectively. Christine Elliott has cleaned up the glass for a team-leading 9.5 boards a contest. Both Filmore and Mahnesmith are averaging over 50 percent from the field after two games, while Akil Simpson has only missed three shot attempts in 45 minutes of action. 

The Series
SMU leads the all-time series, 38-15, but the Frogs have scored victories in three out of the last five contests, including a 87-73 double overtime decision last season in Fort Worth. Overall, TCU, who has won two-straight against the Ponies, rattled off five-straight victories between the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons. The series with SMU marks TCU's longest continuous series against any opponent as the two teams have met each of the last 28 seasons dating back to the 1982-83 season.

Breaking Down The SMU Contest
The two Texas schools have had some exciting games as of late, including a 87-73 double overtime contest a year ago that saw 14 lead changes and a 43-point outburst by departed senior Emily Carter. Overall, less than five points have decided two out of the last four games. Through seven contests, TCU is 4-3 at home against SMU under head coach Jeff Mittie. Mittie has recorded an overall record of 8-5 against the Mustangs in 13 years in Fort Worth.

Some Impressive Freshmen Numbers
TCU has played a total of five freshmen this season and all of them have contributed in some form or fashion. Natalie Ventress became only the seventh freshmen in head coach Jeff Mittie's tenure  to start a season-opener, joining the likes of teammates Delisa Gross and Starr Crawford in 2009. Former Horned Frogs, Helena Sverrisdottir (2007), Shayla Moore (2006), Natasha Lacy (2003) and Sandora Irvin (2001) also started for Mittie in their first game in a Horned Frog uniform. 

By grabbing 12 boards at Georgia, Chelsea Prince became the first freshman to lead TCU in rebounds since teammate Briesha Wynn posted a 15 board outing against UT Arlington (Dec. 8, 2010) last winter. Prince's 12 boards were the most by a true freshman in a season-opener since Sandora Irvin began her career with 18 boards against Sam Houston State in 2001. 

On Monday, Jazz Parker led TCU in scoring with 14 points becoming the first freshman since teammate Star Crawford led the Frogs with 19 against Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2009.

A Block Party
Latricia Lovings has now posted back-to-back four block games to open the year. By doing so, Lovings became the first Frog to block at least four shots in two-straight games since Sandora Ivrin recorded four blocks against Depaul (2/13) and six against Charlotte (2/18) in back-to-back games in 2005. Lovings' four blocks are the most in a game by a current Frog since Delisa Gross' freshman season against San Diego State in 2009-10. Gross collected four blocks against the Aztecs.

Turning Up The Defense
TCU held UTSA to only 30 points on Monday night, moving TCU to 28-2 the last three seasons when holding an opponent under 60 points and 167-10 during Jeff Mittie's TCU career. TCU forced the Roadrunners into the fourth-fewest points scored by an opponent in school history, while limiting UTSA to only 13.3 percent from the floor, which is the second lowest field goal percentage in school history by an opponent. In all, UTSA made only eight buckets the entire night, which is the lowest in a game since Texas Southern collected only six in 2002. 

Thompson Has Career Night
Senior Antoinette Thompson has not been called upon to shoot during her four-year career in Fort Worth, but that all changed against Georgia. The lone senior on the squad had a dazzling performance and a career-night, setting new career-highs in points (23), field goals (9), field goal attempts (14), three-pointers (4) and three-pointers attempted (6).

Bombing Away From Deep
TCU and Georgia combined to make 24 three-pointers this past Friday. The Horned Frogs, who only trailed by nine with 5 minutes left to go in the contest, nailed 11 triples, including seven in the first half. When it was all said and done, the Frogs hoisted the seventh-most three-point attempts (29) in a single-game in school history, while ripping the nets for the sixth-most triples made (11) in a single-game.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend Thursday's road contest can follow the game live on SMU's website via a live web stream. Gametracker and radio (KTCU) are also available for Thusday's contest on GoFrogs.com. To access any of the above go to the women's basketball schedule page and click on the respective links located on the right-hand side of the page.

Last Time Out
TCU simply shut down UTSA Monday night, routing the Roadrunners at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 65-30. The Horned Frogs' stifling defense held UTSA to the second lowest field goal percentage in school history by an opponent. 

Freshman Jazz Parker led TCU Monday night, scoring 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field. Sophomore Latricia Lovings was the only other Frog in double-figures, scoring a career-high 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the floor, which helped TCU hold a 32-8 advantage in the paint. Lovings also chipped in with seven boards and four blocks on the night.

Ashley Spalette paced UTSA Monday, scoring 13 points on only 4-of-16 shooting from the field. No other Roadrunner scored in double-figures, with the next closest being Mannasha Bell with six points.

Simply put, TCU suffocated the Roadrunners on the defensive end of the court, forcing 24 turnovers, while only allowing UTSA to total eight made buckets the entire night, which resulted in the fourth fewest points by an opponent in school history. The Horned Frogs' defense rocketed UTSA to the tune of holding the Roadrunners to only 13.3 percent from the floor.

Crawford Out For The Year
TCU received news before the season-opener against Georgia that junior forward Starr Crawford was ruled out for the 2011-12 season due to injury. Crawford, who earned preseason all-conference accolades, was a second team all-conference selection in 2010-11. She was the top returning rebounder in the league at 9.7 per game, ranking 36th in the nation and recorded eight double-doubles as a sophomore. 

The Arlington native was the only player to average double-digits in points (12.7) and rebounds (10.0) per game last season in the Mountain West and was TCU's leading scorer returning after averaging 12.0 ppg.

TCU was tabbed as the preseason favorite after finishing second in the Mountain West last season and earning an at-large bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Horned Frogs received 12 first-place votes and 136 total points. 

San Diego State collected seven first-place votes and was picked to finish second with 127 points, while third-place Colorado State garnered the remaining first-place vote and 106 points. New Mexico (74 points) placed fourth, followed by UNLV and Wyoming in a tie for fifth (65 points each), Air Force in seventh (42 points) and newcomer Boise State in eighth (39 points).

Headlines To Look At
During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs are 219-29 when leading at the half. TCU, who went 18-2 last season when leading at the half, is also 127-3 when leading by 10+ at the half. 

Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 77-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 167-10 when the opponent scores 60 or less, which happened 21 times last season.

Up Next
TCU will take NC State Sunday, Nov. 20. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be televised live on The Mtn. 



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