Horned Frogs Close Out Play In Orlando Saturday

Antoinette Thompson (1)

Antoinette Thompson (1)

Nov. 25, 2011




TCU Horned Frogs (1-4, 0-0 Mountain west)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 412-189 (1-4 season)
School Record: 261-130 (13th Season)

Fordham (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Head Coach: Stephanie Gaitley
Career Record: 467-271 (3-1 season) 

Location: Orlando, Fla. • Arena: The Venue at UCF 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Fordham - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU lost to Hartford, 64-60
Television: None
Television Talent: None
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Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Russell Scott (Play-By-Play)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. Fordham:  First Meeting
Last Meeting vs. Fordham:  First Meeting

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will play Fordham on the final day of the UCF Thanksgiving Classic Saturday in Orlando, Fla. The Horned Frogs and Rams will battle for the first time ever in program history, beginning at 11:00 a.m. CT from The Venue at UCF.

Fresh off a 64-60 setback to Hartford, the Frogs will look to get back to their winning ways against a Fordham squad that knocked off host school UCF Friday night, 70-57.  

The Opponent
Fordham comes into Saturday's contest with a 3-1 record after defeating Central Florida, 70-57. Abigail Corning led the way for the Rams, scoring a career-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep. Becky Peters and Christina Gaskin also both scored in double-figures for Fordham with 15 and 10 points, respectively.

So far this season, the Rams have defeated UCF, Holy Cross and Cleveland State. Fordham's lone loss came at the hands of Albany in its season opener, falling 59-42.

The Series
When TCU takes on Fordham Saturday, it will mark the first meeting between the two schools.  

A Quick Look Back At Friday's Contest
• TCU held its third opponent in four games to under 40 percent shooting from the floor.
Ashley Colbert made her first career start Friday afternoon.
Briesha Wynn tallied her first start of the season and only fourth of her career Friday.
Meagan Henson tied a career-high in three-pointers made with her trey late in the first half. 
Latricia Lovings posted her fourth game with at least four blocks Friday, tallying five against Hartford.
Whitney Williams tied a career-high with five shots made Friday.
Chelsea Prince posted a season and a career-high 15 points Friday. Prince posted season and career-highs in points (15), field goals (6), attempts (9), steals (3) and three-point field goals made (3).

Scoring Points
The Horned Frogs have been led in scoring by a freshman in four-straight games, marking the first time under head coach Jeff Mittie that has happened and the first time since former Frog assistant Tricia Payne led TCU in three-straight games in 1998-99 against Delaware State (15), Arkansas State (25) and SMU (16).

Tickling The Twine From Deep
After five games, the Frogs have connected on 43 triples, while hoisting 131 three-point attempts. In all, 131 of the Frogs' 286 shot attempts have been from deep, which means that the Frogs have chosen to shoot the three ball 46 percent of the time during the course of a game. Against Hartford, the Frogs totaled 10 three's, marking the third game this season and second-straight that TCU has connected on 10+ triples in a single-game.

The Three Ball Effect
• Georgia (11 three's); NC State (11 three's); Hartford (10 three's)

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. In all, freshman have led TCU in rebounds in three of the Frogs' four contests this season.

Against UTSA, 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. Ventress followed, leading TCU in scoring against SMU (9) and NC State (21). The last time two different freshman led TCU in scoring in consecutive games was during the 2007-08 season when former Frogs' Micah Garoutte and Helena Sverrisdottir, scored 14 and 15 points, respectively, against BYU and San Diego State. 

A Block Party
Latricia Lovings posted four blocks in back-to-back-to-back games to open the year against the likes of Georgia, UTSA and SMU. By doing so, Lovings became the first Frog to block at least four shots in three-straight games since Sandora Irvin recorded 5 against Houston (1/30) and eight against Memphis (2/5) and Saint Louis (2/7), respectively, during the 2005 season. 

• Lovings' five blocks on Friday are the most in a game since former Frog Rachel Rentschler posted five against Oral Roberts to end last season in the WNIT. She has now blocked at least four blocks in four of TCU's five games this season.

Last Time Out
TCU led by as many as eight Friday afternoon, but wasn't able to hold off a late Hartford rally, falling 64-60 on the opening day of the Central Florida Thanksgiving Classic at UCF Arena.

The Horned Frogs had several chances down the stretch to take the ballgame from the Hawks, who played in the NCAA Tournament a year ago, but let a 57-54 lead with 3:17 left to go in the game slip away in the final minutes. Freshman Natalie Ventress appeared to have tied the game at 60-60 with 24 seconds remaining, but her three rattled out and Hartford (4-1) was able to escape following some key free throws by Daphne Elliott.

For a majority of the day, it appeared TCU, now 1-4 on the year, was on its way to its second win of the season, but the Frogs, who shot over 43 percent for the game from the field, couldn't shake a pesky Hawk squad who battled back time after time Friday. In all, there were nine lead changes and eight ties Friday in a grueling and physical contest.

The Horned Frogs, who led by three at halftime and by eight at the 7:37 mark of the second half, received several contributions from non-starters in Orlando, which resulted in a 35-12 advantage for the Purple and White in points off the bench. Chelsea Prince led the Frogs with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-3 from deep.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the UCF Classic can follow the games live on TCU's website via Gametracker and radio. 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. 

Up Next
TCU will take on Houston on Thursday, Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. from Houston. 



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