TCU Ready for SMU Wednesday Night

Nov. 27, 2012


TCU (1-2) vs. SMU (5-1)

 Date (Time)  Wednesday, Nov. 28 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 Fox Sports Southwest +
 TV Talent
 Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play); Janice Dziuk (Color)
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
 Gametracker  Gametracker
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  39-15 (SMU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Nov. 17, 2011 (L, 38-47)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will return to the hardwood Wednesday when it hosts crosstown rival SMU, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Metroplex showdown will be shown live on Fox Sports Southwest + with Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play) and former Horned Frog great Janice Dziuk (Color) calling the action live.

The Horned Frogs and Mustangs will battle for the 54th time in program history Wednesday. The series with SMU marks TCU's longest continuous series against any opponent as the two teams have met each of the last 29 seasons dating back to the 1982-83 season.

The Opponent
SMU comes into Wednesday, having recorded a 5-1 record after defeating Montana State in its last outing, 71-70. The Mustangs will be playing their first road game this season Wednesday.

Alisha Filmore has led the way for SMU so far this season, averaging 14.0 points per game, while averaging 3.5 boards a contest. Off the bench, Gabrielle Wilkins has also had a stellar early campaign, scoring 9.5 points per game, while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc.

In their game last Saturday, the Mustangs scored eight points in the final two minutes against Montana State to claim championship accolades at the SMU Hoops for the Cure Classic. The Ponies trailed by 10 late in the contest, but went on an 11-0 run late, which was spearheaded by Filmore who totaled 20 points. Wilkins and Akil Simpson also both scored in double-figures, recording 13 and 11 points, respectively.

The Series
SMU leads the all-time series, 39-15, but the Frogs have scored victories in two out of the last three contests, including an 87-73 double overtime decision in the last meeting between the two foes at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Purple and White fell last season in Dallas, 47-38. Overall, TCU rattled off five-straight victories between the 2002-03 and 2006-07 seasons.

Breaking Down The SMU Contest
The two Texas schools have had some exciting games as of late, including a 87-73 double overtime contest in 2010 that saw 14 lead changes and a 43-point outburst by now staff member Emily Carter. Through seven contests, TCU is 4-3 at home against SMU under head coach Jeff Mittie. Mittie has recorded an overall record of 8-6 against the Mustangs in 14 years in Fort Worth.

Hitting The 80-Point Barrier
TCU scored 80 points against Texas State, which has now happened 69 times in a 10-year span. The Frogs record in those game is an astonishing 64-5. Overall, when the Frogs score 80 or more points in a single-game, TCU is 84-5 (.944) under Jeff Mittie.

Closing The Month Of November
During the past 13 years, TCU has fared very well under head coach Jeff Mittie in its final game of November. The Frogs are an impressive 9-4, including 2-2 against ranked foes. The only losses during that stretch came to Virginia (2010), No. 20/19 Oklahoma (2005), No. 6/6 Purdue (2002) and North Texas (2000).

A Nice Streak
In its last outing, TCU went a perfect 22-of-22 from the line, which set a new single-game record for most attempts without a miss. The Horned Frogs perfection from the line, which is the best mark in the Big 12 this season, put to bed a record that stood for five years. The Frogs made 18-of-19 (.947) in 2007 and against SMU in 1991. In 2007, the Frogs made 14-straight before former Frog Jenna Lohse missed the front end of a one-and-one 10 minutes into the second half.

Upon further review, the Frogs made 15-straight in a two-game span (New Mexico & San Diego State) during the 2008-09 season, while TCU cashed in on 19-straight against Texas in 2002. Individually, Kamy Cole has made 10-straight at the line, while Whitney Williams' last miss at the charity stripe came last February against San Diego State.

Keeping Opponents Under 60
The Frogs held Central Florida under 60 points, 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 Zahna Medley and Kamy Cole amongst freshmen in the Big 12 Conference. Medley is averaging 15.3 points per game, while Cole follows at No. 2 with 14.7 points per game. In all, Medley ranks in the top-3 among conference freshman in scoring and assists.

The Block Party Continues
Junior Latricia Lovings has become one of the NCAA's elite shot blockers in her short time at TCU, currently ranked fourth in the NCAA and first in the Big 12. The Fort Worth native did not disappoint against Charlotte, swatting away six of TCU's eight blocks in the contest. Lovings now has 101 for her career. She closed last season ranked No. 25 overall in the NCAA in blocked shots per contest.

Last Time Out
Despite three players scoring in double-figures and TCU going 22-of-22 from the charity stripe, the Horned Frogs dropped a 91-80 setback to Texas State at Strahan Coliseum.

On the day, TCU, now 1-2 on the year, set a new school record by going 22-of-22 from the line, but couldn't overcome some timely three's by the Bobcats throughout the contest. When it was all said and done, TCU hit the 80-point barrier, which only happened once a year ago, but it wasn't enough. In all, the Frog broke the previous mark of 18-of-19 (.947) from the line, which was set against Utah in 2007.

Freshman Zahna Medley scored a new season-high 19 points Sunday on 6-of-17 from the floor, including a perfect 5-of-5 from the line. Sophomore Natalie Ventress was also in double-figures with 19 points, while grabbing seven boards.

Finally, freshman Kamy Cole rounded out the Horned Frogs top-scorers with 15 points. For a second-straight game, Latricia Lovings grabbed 10 boards, while chipping in with four blocks and six points from the field.

Up Next
TCU will take on Houston Sunday. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. CT at the DMC.



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