TCU Ready For UCF Friday Night

Nov. 15, 2012



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TCU (0-1) vs. UCF (1-2)

 Date (Time)  Friday, Nov. 16 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 None
 TV Talent
 None
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (PBP), Jeff Lewis (color)
 Gametracker  GAMETRACKER
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  2-0 (TCU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Nov. 27, 1994 (W, 65-55)

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off its season-opener Wednesday, TCU will continue its 2012-13 season Friday with a home game against UCF. The Horned Frogs and Knights will battle for only the third time in program history, but the two teams haven't met since 1994.

The Frogs have never played Central Florida at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and are 2-0 all-time against the Knights.

The Opponent
UCF comes into Friday's showdown, boasting a 1-2 record after dropping North Florida Wednesday, 53-41. The Knights have fallen to Georgia State and nationally ranked St. Johns.

UCF returns four of its five starters from a year ago and two of its top three scorers, including senior Gevenia Carter who scored 11.4 points per game a year ago. Freshman Briahanna Jackson has led the way so far this winter, averaging 19 points per game and 7.0 boards.

In its game Wednesday, Central Florida garnered its first win of the season, downing UNF, 53-41. The Knights held North Florida to 11 first half points. Individually, Jackson scored 17 points in the first half en route to a game-high 19-point outing. Sophomore Meghan Keough chipped in with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting.

The Series
TCU and UCF will be meeting for the third-time in program history Friday. The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series, 2-0. In all, the Frogs have won both neutral-site contests, but haven't played the Knights since winning 65-55 at the 1994 Dial Classic in Auburn, Ala.

Cole Joins Elite Company
Freshman Kamy Cole definitely made her presence known in her first game as a Horned Frog, leading TCU in scoring with a game-high 22 points this past Wednesday against Charlotte. By doing so, Cole became the first freshman to lead the Frogs in scoring in a season-opener since Ashley Davis scored 14 against Texas State in 2003-04. Upon further review, Cole is the first freshman to score 20 + points in her debut as a Horned Frog since former Frog great Sandora Irvin posted a 22-point outing against Sam Houston State in 2001.

The Block Party Continues
Junior Latricia Lovings has become one of the NCAA's elite shot blockers in her short time at TCU. The Fort Worth native did not disappoint against Charlotte, swatting away six of TCU's eight blocks in the contest. With her six blocks, which tied her previous career-high, Lovings now has 95 for her career. She closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest.

Medley On Point
Freshman Zahna Medley became only the eighth freshman in head coach Jeff Mittie's tenure to start a season-opener against Charlotte, joining the likes of teammates Delisa Gross in 2009 and Natalie Ventress last winter. Former Horned Frogs, Starr Crawford (2009), 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.

Mittie Inks Five During Early Signing Period
TCU women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced this past Wednesday the signing of five student-athletes to early national letters of intent to play for the 2013-14 season.

All five hail from the state of Texas, including two from Houston. Overall, two of the five future Horned Frogs are four-star rated recruits and ranked in the prestigious ESPNU 100. The Frogs also signed three front-line players, including a nationally ranked six-foot-six post player.

The Frogs signing class was highlighted by the 48th-best overall prospect in the nation in point guard A.J. Alix (5-6, PG, Bellaire, Texas, Bellaire High School), ESPNU 100 guard/forward Jada Butts (5-8, G/F, Lewisville, Texas, Lewisville High School), a top-250 prospect in center Klara Bradshaw (6-6, C, Emory, Texas, Rains High School), the 38th-best forward in the nation in Janay Keys (6-1, PF, Arlington, Texas, Lamar High School) and the 18th-best center in the country in Carol Willie (6-2, C, Houston, Texas, Cypress High School).

Looking Back At Charlotte
The Horned Frogs had several bright spots in their season-opener despite the loss. TCU connected on nine triples Wednesday, the most since making nine last January against Boise State. The Frogs had 17 offensive boards, the most since grabbing 19 at UNLV a year ago. Kamy Cole's 22 points, marked the third-straight year in which a player has scored over 20 points in a season-opener. She joined the likes of former Horned Frogs' Antoinette Thompson who had 23 points at Georgia and Emily Carter, now on the Frog staff, who dialed up 26 points against Houston Baptist in 2010.

Last Time Out
In a back and fourth game that was closer than the final score indicated, a young and pesky TCU squad had three players score in double-figures Wednesday, but ultimately dropped an 82-68 setback to Charlotte at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs, who moved to 0-1 on the year, were led on the night by freshman Kamy Cole. The Brock native scored a game-high 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three. Fellow freshman Zahna Medley scored 12 points, while sophomore Natalie Ventress posted 10 points and six boards in her first outing of the season. On the defensive end, Latricia Lovings tied a career-high with six blocks, while also grabbing nine boards, including six on the offensive glass.

Up Next
TCU will travel to Texas State on Sunday, Nov. 25. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. CT.

 

 


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