TCU Set To Tussle With Texas State Sunday

Nov. 21, 2012


TCU (1-1) vs. Texas State (2-1)

 Date (Time)  Sunday, Nov. 25 (3 p.m. CT)
 Location  Strahan Coliseum | San Marcos, Texas
 TV Talent
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (PBP)
 Live Video  Live Feed
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  5-2 (TCU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Nov. 21, 2003 (W, 86-44)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will take to the road this weekend when it travels to Texas State Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs and Bobcats will battle for only the eighth time in program history, but the two teams haven't met since 2003. The Frogs haven't played in San Marcos since 1994 and are 5-2 all-time against Texas State.

The Opponent
Texas State comes into Sunday, having recorded a 2-1 record after falling to Rice Tuesday, 73-61. The Bobcats have defeated Belmont and North Texas so far this season. 

Diamond Ford has led the way for Texas State this season, averaging 23.0 points per game, while shooting over 40 percent from the field. Jasmine Baugus is also averaging double-figures on the young season, scoring 14.3 points per contest, while also grabbing 8.7 boards in three games. 

In their game Tuesday, the Bobcats suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Rice, 73-61. Ford once again carried Texas State, scoring 25 points on 8-of-23 from the floor. Baugus followed with 15 points and eight boards, while also blocking two shots. On the night, the Bobcats forced Rice into 22 turnovers, while scoring an 18-4 advantage in points off turnovers. 

The Series
TCU and Texas State will be meeting for the eighth-time in program history Sunday. The Horned Frogs lead the all-time series, 5-2. In all, the Frogs have won three out of the last four, including two-straight. The Purple and White have totaled an average of 86.0 points per game in their last two outings against Texas State.

Keeping Opponents Under 60
The Frogs held Central Florida under 60 points in their last outing, marking the 33rd time in the last three years TCU has held an opponent under 60. The Frogs are a remarkable 29-4 the last three years when an opponent has scored less than 60 points. The last time TCU lost when holding an opponent under 60 was last February in a 55-54 setback at UNLV.

Freshmen Duo Stepping Up
TCU boasts the top-two scorers in Kamy Cole and Zahna Medley amongst freshmen in the Big 12 Conference.  Cole is averaging 14. 5 points per game, while Medley follows at No. 2 with 13.5 points per game. In all, Cole leads all freshmen in field goal percentage, while Medley ranks in the top-3 in scoring, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and assists. All four newcomers to the Horned Frog program sit in the top-3 in some category when compared to all freshmen in the conference. Veja Hamilton is third among all freshmen rebounders, while Caitlin Diaz is currently third in free throw percentage.

Season Opening Road Game
TCU hits the road for the first time this season Sunday when it travels to Texas State. The Frogs will look to garner their first win in a true season opening road game since 2010-11. In its last season opening road victory, now video coordinator assistant Emily Carter made it into the NCAA record books by going 12-of-14 from the charity stripe in a 83-79 victory at UTSA. Carter, who saw her streak of 60-straight free throws end in the second half, moved into then No. 2 all-time in the NCAA record books for consecutive free throws made.

The Last Five Years In True Season Opening Road Games
2011-12: at Georgia, Loss (60-83)
2010-11: at UTSA, Win (83-79)
2009-10: at No. 20/16 Oklahoma, Loss (70-74)
2008-09: at Fresno State, Loss (51-75)
2007-08: at SMU, Loss (61-66)

Ventress Back At It
After scoring 10 points in the season-opener, Natalie Ventress got back to her scoring ways against UCF, scorching the Knights for 20 points. Ventress reached the 20-point barrier for the eighth time in her career last Friday. She scored in double-figures for the second time this season and 20th time for her young career. Ventress led TCU in scoring for the 19th time in her career. The 20 points were the most since the sophomore put up 23 against Boise State last February.

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 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 97 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 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).

Home Sweet Home
TCU saw a 27-game home winning streak come to an end in 2010-11. The streak ranked as the longest in the MWC and was No. 3 in the nation at the time. The previous school record of 19 straight home wins was set between Jan. 18, 2006 and Feb. 22, 2007. 

TCU is 75-13 (.852) in its last 88 games overall held at the DMC and 172-38 (.819) since Jeff Mittie's arrival on campus prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.

Headlines To Look At
During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs are 228-31 when leading at the half. TCU, who went 18-2 last season when leading at the half, is also 133-3 when leading by 10+ at the half. 

Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 78-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 180-14 when the opponent scores 60 or less.

Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
The Horned Frogs are an impressive 174-36 (.829) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding an opponent, including 29-7 the last four season's alone.

Last Time Out
It was a tale of two halves as TCU trailed Central Florida by six at halftime, but opened the second half on a 10-2 run which helped propel them to a hard fought 61-55 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs, who are now 1-1 on the year, pressured UCF all night, while holding the Knights to only 29.7 percent from the floor, including 19 percent from three-point land. In all, the Frogs struggled from the field for a majority of the night, but were able to cash in from the free throw line down the stretch to secure the Frogs third victory in the series all-time and first of the young season.

Sophomore Natalie Ventress led the way for TCU, scoring a season-high 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting. The Fort Worth native went 7-of-9 from the charity stripe and seemed to spark the Frogs in the second half with timely buckets. Freshman Zahna Medley was the only other Frog in double-figures, scoring a new season and career-high 15 points. Latricia Lovings scored eight points and was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field, while grabbing a game-high 10 boards, one shy of her career-high.

Up Next
TCU will close the month of November at home against SMU next Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC. 




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