TCU Returns Home To Battle Lamar Sunday

Delisa Gross (22)

Dec. 2, 2011




TCU Horned Frogs (3-4, 0-0 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 414-189 (3-4 season)
School Record: 263-130 (13th Season)

Lamar (5-4, 0-0 Southland Conference)
Head Coach: Larry Tidwell
Career Record: 95-44 (5-4 season)

Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Lamar - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated Houston, 80-35
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Series Record vs. Lamar:  Series is tied at 2-2
Last Meeting vs. Lamar:  Dec. 29, 2003; TCU Win, 95-50

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns to Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday for the first of four-straight home games to open the month of December, as the Horned Frogs host Lamar at 1 p.m. The Frogs, who upended Houston Thursday, will look to move to 2-1 at home this season against a Lamar program that they have only faced four other times in their history. The Purple and White and the Cardinals have not squared off since the 2003 season.

The Opponent
Lamar comes into Sunday's contest with a 5-4 record on the season after falling to UTEP, 81-52. Taylor Hays, Ang Green and Monique Whittaker each scored nine points, respectively, to lead the way for the Cardinals against the Miners. Overall, Lamar will be playing their sixth-straight road game Sunday. The Cardinals, who had won four out of their last six games heading into Thursday night's contest, are coached by former Horned Frog assistant Larry Tidwell. Tidwell served eight seasons as associate head coach under TCU head coach Jeff Mittie in Fort Worth.

The Series
When TCU takes on Lamar Sunday, it will mark the first meeting between the two schools since 2003. The all-time series is currently tied 2-2, but the Frogs have won two-straight over the Cardinals. In the 2003 contest, current Horned Frog director of operations Ebony Gilliam dropped 17 points on Lamar to lead No. 19 TCU to a comfortable 95-50 decision at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. In their previous two victories over the Cardinals, the Frogs have scored 90 + points.

A Closer Look At Thursday's Outing
TCU shot 48.5 percent from the field on 32-of-66 shooting against Houston. The 48.5 percent is a season-high and the highest percentage since the Horned Frogs shot 53 percent against Air Force last March. The Frogs held Houston to only 19.1 percent from the floor on 9-of-47, marking the second opponent this season that has been held to under 20 percent shooting from the field. Earlier this season, UTSA only recorded a 13.3 percentage on eight made buckets the entire game. 

• During the second half against Houston and UTSA, TCU held both teams to only four made field goals and under 16 percent shooting from the field for the entire half. Around the nation, future Big 12 opponent West Virginia has held three different opponents to five or less field goals in a half: Youngstown State (5-of-29), NC Central (3-of-29) and Cal State Northridge (5-of-23). Below is a breakdown of some of the most notable programs in the country and how the Horned Frogs stack up.

National Breakdown Heading Into Lamar Game
West Virginia - Held three opponents to five of less field goals in a half.
Rutgers - Held two opponents to four or less field goals in a half: (Lehigh: 4-of-12); Georgia Tech (3-of-23).
Vanderbilt - Held Lipscomb to 4-of-23 shooting in the first half. 
UConn - Held Fairleigh Dickinson to 2-of-29 first-half field goals.
Mississippi State - Held four opponents to four or less field goals in a half: Jacksonville State (4-of-27), Alcorn State (4-of-23), Mississippi Valley State (4-of-35) and Savannah State (3-of-21).

A Serious Run
The Frogs went on a 79-29 run (50 points) against Houston Thursday, which trails only UConn nationally, who earlier this season recorded an 80-25 run (55 points) against Towson.  

The Bench Play Is Key For Horned Frogs
Against Houston, 10 of TCU's 11 players scored for the Frogs, which helped them outscore the Cougars 47-10 off the bench. In TCU's three victories this season, the Frogs have outscored their opponent off the bench a combined, 100-40. Overall, TCU has outscored its opponent off the bench in every game except NC State (24-27) and Georgia (6-29).

Getting It Down Low Means Success
In all three of TCU's victories this season, the Frogs have outscored their opponent down low. When the Purple and White haven't outscored the opposition down low, TCU is 0-4. Even more impressive is in the Frog's three victories either Latricia Lovings or Ashley Colbert has scored in double-figures. Lovings scored 10 points against both UTSA and Fordham, while Colbert dropped 10 on Houston. Only one time this season has one scored in double-figures and the Frogs lost (NC State - Colbert: 16 points).

The following is a breakdown in all three of TCU's victories this season when the Frogs have outscored their opponent down low:

• UTSA (32-8), Fordham (26-16) and Houston (32-8) 

Holding Opponents In Check
So far this season, TCU has held four different opponents under 30 percent shooting from the field (UTSA, SMU, Fordham and Houston). 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 38-4 overall since the 2008-09 season.

Iron Unkind From Three-Point Land
Heading into Sunday's game against Lamar, the Frogs have now held three different opponents to less than 20 percent shooting from behind the arc, including Houston who shot 15.4 percent. In all three of TCU's victories this winter, UTSA (10.3), Fordham (19.2) and Houston (15.4) have shot under 20 percent from three. The Frogs are now 15-1 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 entered this week's games, TCU ranked 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 ranked 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 seven games, the Frogs have connected on 51 triples, while hoisting 161 three-point attempts. In all, 161 of the Frogs' 406 shot attempts have been from deep, which means that the Frogs have chosen to shoot the three ball 40 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 seven games this season.

Up Next
TCU will face defending National Champion Texas A&M on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. CT and will be shown live on CBS Sports Network.



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