TCU Travels South for Hardwood Tournament of Hope

Nov. 24, 2013

Nov. 26-28, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. CT | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center
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FORT WORTH, Texas - Following a week layoff, the TCU women's basketball team will hit the road for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for contests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with each starting at 6:30 p.m., CST.

The Horned Frogs will open the tournament on Tuesday against Florida Gulf Coast (3-1) and follow on Wednesday against South Dakota State (3-2) before wrapping up play on Thursday against No. 18/22 Purdue (4-0).

TCU cruised in its last action on the hardwood, posting a 95-64 victory over Grambling State on Nov. 18 to improve to 3-1 this season.

Sophomore guard Veja Hamilton posted her second-career double-double with a career-best 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Horned Frogs that scored in double figures.

Fellow sophomore Zahna Medley continued her stellar play with a team-best 21 points, marking the third time in four games to reach the 20-point threshold. Medley was 5-of-8 from the 3-point line, marking the third time the Springfield, Ill., native has connected on three or more treys this season, while leading the Big 12 Conference in 3-point percentage (.577) for players with at least 10 attempts and tying for tops with 3.8 trifectas per game.

The Hardwood Tournament of Hope takes place to raise awareness, support and research for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation. For more information on the tournament or Foundation, click here.

Florida Gulf Coast started the season with three wins before suffering its first loss to Southern Miss by a score of 76-74 on Saturday.

The Eagles have averaged 74.5 points through the opening four games and are limiting opponents to just 60.5 points per contest while shooting 42 percent from the field. FGCU has been outrebounded by a 40.5-38.0 margin.

The Eagles feature four players that are currently averaging double digits in scoring, led by sophomore guard Whitney Knight (14.5 ppg) and senior guard Sarah Hansen (14.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg). Sophomore guard Stephanie Haas is averaging 13.5 points while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field, while junior guard Jenna Cobb is also scoring in double figures with 11.0 points per game.

South Dakota State enters the tournament with three-consecutive wins after dropping its first two contests to BYU and Creighton.

The Lady Jacks are averaging 74.0 points per contest for a plus-8.4 point margin and are shooting 42 percent from the field, including a 40-percent mark from 3-point range, while winning the rebound battle by a plus-4.2 margin.

South Dakota State features a deep squad with 12 players averaging at least 13.5 minutes per game. Junior guard/forward Megan Waytashek leads the Lady Jacks with 14.2 points per game, while senior guard Steph Paluch is also scoring in double figures with 12.2 points per game and is shooting 54 percent (22-of-41) from the field.

Purdue is the lone undefeated team coming into the tournament and is ranked as high as No. 18 nationally. The Boilermakers are averaging 74.0 points per game and are limiting the opposition to less than 60 points per contest while shooting 42 percent from the field and 37 percent from distance. Purdue is also forcing nearly 22 turnovers per game for a plus-4.8 turnover margin.

Purdue is led by senior guard KK Houser, who is currently one of three Boilermakers scoring in double figures with 15.5 points per game to go with 5.3 assists per contest. Junior forward Whitney Bays and senior guard Courtney Moses have chipped in 13.8 and 12.0 points per game, respectively.

Other than big numbers from Zahna Medley, this season's first four games couldn't be more different compared to the first four games in 2012.

The Horned Frogs entered this season looking for better production on the glass, and have done so through the first four games with 48.8 rebounds per game at a plus-9.0 margin, compared to 42.8 rebounds per contest and a minus-1.5 margin a year ago.

TCU's defense has also been stellar so far, limiting the opposition to just 58.2 points per game compared to a 74.5 mark through the first four games last season. The Horned Frogs have held all four opponents to under 34-percent shooting while the opposition was shooting nearly 40 percent after four games in 2012.

Fans can listen to the radio broadcast live on KTCU 88.7 and Frog Vision with Jeff Lewis calling all of the action.

For live updates, fans can also follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter.

After competing against Florida Gulf Coast, South Dakota State and Purdue in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, the Horned Frogs return home to play host to Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 4 in the first of five contests at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in the month of December.

Following the trip to Mexico, the Horned Frogs won't take to the road again until Big 12 play at Texas Tech on Jan. 5.

Fans can purchase season tickets for just $100, while single-game tickets are also on sale for as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth. Single-game tickets for Big 12 contests will go on sale on Dec. 1.

Fans can also take part in the Holiday Hoops promotion with $5 general admission tickets for contests during Dec. 15-Jan. 8.



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