Horned Frogs Head To Houston For Thursday Night Showdown

Ashley Colbert (44)

Ashley Colbert (44)

Nov. 29, 2011


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TCU Horned Frogs (2-4, 0-0 Mountain West)
Head coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 413-189 (2-4 season)
School Record: 262-130 (13th Season)

Houston (0-6, 0-0 Conference USA)
Head Coach: Todd Buchanan
Houston Career Record: 26-12 (0-6 season)

Location: Houston, Texas • Arena: Hofheinz Pavilion
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Houston - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated Fordham, 48-47
Television: None 
Television Talent: None
Live Video:  http://www.uhcougars.com/allaccess/?media=267431
Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess 
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. Houston:  Houston leads, 29-12
Last Meeting vs. Houston:  Dec. 2, 2010; TCU win (69-57)

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will open the month of December at Houston Thursday in a 7:00 p.m. CT contest at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Fresh off a 48-47 victory over Fordham this past weekend at the UCF Thanksgiving Classic, the Horned Frogs will look for their fourth-straight victory over the Cougars in the all-time series, including their second-straight in Houston.

Following its trip to Houston, TCU will return home to the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum to take on Lamar on Sunday, Dec. 4.

The Opponent
Houston comes into Thursday's Texas showdown with an 0-6 overall record. The Cougars, who have been without the services of preseason All-Conference honoree and leading scorer Porsche Landry as of late, dropped their last contest to McNeese State, 72-59, this past Saturday. Senior Roxana Button and freshman Danielle Parks led the way for Houston against the Cowgirls with 20 and 16 points, respectively. The Cougars, who a year ago played in the NCAA Tournament, have played a total of six freshman this season, with three making at least three or more starts.

The Series
When the Horned Frogs and Cougars take to the court Thursday night it will mark the 42nd meeting between the two Texas schools. Houston leads the all-time series, 29-12, but has dropped four out of the last five meetings, including three-straight. Last season, the Frogs, who only missed one three during the second half on 5-of-6 shooting from downtown, dropped Houston at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 69-57. 

Following A Tournament
Since 2003-04, the Frogs under head coach Jeff Mittie have fared well following a regular season tournament. Overall, TCU is 8-4 in its next game after playing in a holiday tournament, including a 69-57 victory over Houston last winter. During its eight wins, TCU has combined to outscore its opponent by an average of 20 points. In the four losses, the Frogs have been outscored by only an average of 12 points.

Holding Opponents In Check
So far this season, TCU has held three different opponents under 30 percent shooting from the field (UTSA, SMU and Fordham). During the last four years, the Frogs have been almost perfect record wise when holding the opposition to less than 34.9 percent from the field, going 37-4 overall since the 2008-09 season.

Iron Unkind From Three-Point Land
Heading into Thursday's game against Houston, the Frogs have held two different opponents to less than 20 percent shooting from behind the arc. In both of TCU's victories this winter, UTSA (10.3) and Fordham (19.2) have shot under 20 percent from three. The Frogs are now 14-1 the last three seasons when holding the opposition to under 20 percent. TCU's only loss came last season against West Virginia when the Mountaineers shot 16.6 percent from three and won.

NCAA Stats Update
As the Frogs enter this week's games, TCU ranks in the top 20 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (No. 16 - 31.5), three-point field goals per game (No. 18 - 7.8) and blocked shots per game (No. 16 - 6.3). Individually, sophomore Latricia Lovings currently sits No. 20 in the nation in blocks per game (2.8), while junior Whitney Williams ranks No. 31 in assists turnover ratio (2.6).

Scoring Points
The Horned Frogs were led in scoring by a freshman in four-straight games prior to the Fordham contest, 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 six games, the Frogs have connected on 47 triples, while hoisting 147 three-point attempts. In all, 147 of the Frogs' 340 shot attempts have been from deep, which means that the Frogs have chosen to shoot the three ball 43.2 percent of the time during the course of a game. Against Hartford last week, the Frogs totaled 10 three's, marking the third game this season and second-straight that TCU connected on 10+ triples in a single-game. The following is a breakdown of games in which the Frogs' have shot 10+ three's.

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, the MWC leader in blocks per game, 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 last 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 now has blocked at least four blocks in four of TCU's six games this season.

Turning Up The Defense
TCU held UTSA to only 30 points, which is the fourth-fewest points scored by an opponent in school history. The Frogs also limited the Roadrunners to only 13.3 percent from the floor, which is the second lowest field goal percentage in school history by an opponent. In all, UTSA made only eight buckets the entire night, which is the lowest in a game since Texas Southern collected only six in 2002. The Frogs have held SMU and Fordham to only 47 points on 15-of-61 and 15-of-64 shooting, respectively, from the field.

During the last two years, the Frogs have held eight different opponents under 16 shots made in a single-game. TCU is now 29-3 the last three seasons when holding an opponent under 60 points and 168-11 during Jeff Mittie's TCU career. 

Thompson Has Career Night
Senior Antoinette Thompson has not been called upon to shoot during her four-year career in Fort Worth, but that all changed against Georgia. The lone senior on the squad had a dazzling performance and a career-night, setting new career-highs in points (23), field goals (9), field goal attempts (14), three-pointers (4) and three-pointers attempted (6).

Bombing Away From Deep
TCU and Georgia combined to make 24 three-pointers in the season opener. The Horned Frogs, who only trailed by nine with 5 minutes left to go in the contest, nailed 11 triples, including seven in the first half. When it was all said and done, the Frogs hoisted the seventh-most three-point attempts (29) in a single-game in school history, while ripping the nets for the sixth-most triples made (11) in a single-game, which has now happened twice this season as the Frogs recorded 11 against NC State.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Houston game can follow the game 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.

Last Time Out
Senior Antoinette Thompson made back-to-back free throws with 4 seconds left in the game to give TCU a 48-47 last second victory over Fordham on the final day of the UCF Thanksgiving Classic.

In a game that saw the Horned Frogs, who are now 2-4 on the season, secure a 19-point lead midway through the second half, the Rams (3-2) rallied down the stretch off of a 25-3 run to regain the lead at 47-46 on two-straight free throws by Arielle Collins with 17 seconds left.

With 7 seconds remaining in a gut wrenching game, junior Whitney Williams drove to the hole and put up a last second running layup that proceeded to bounce off the rim, all but ending TCU's hopes for a victory Saturday afternoon. As she did all day Saturday, Thompson was in the right place at the right time, darting into the lane for a rebound and foul call, thus sending the senior to the line for two shots and the victory. The Fort Worth native proceeded to knock down both free throws to secure TCU's second win of the season.

Thompson led the Frogs on the day with a team-high 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-3 from the line. Latricia Lovings was the lone other Frog in double-figures with a career-high 10 points on 5-of-8 from the field. Both Thompson and Lovings' also posted seven boards apiece, respectively.

Up Next
TCU will return home to face Lamar on Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT from the DMC. 



 

 


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