TCU returns to road Thursday at Rice

Danielle Nunn and the Frogs will aim for a sixth straight win over the Owls Thursday.

Danielle Nunn and the Frogs will aim for a sixth straight win over the Owls Thursday.

Dec. 5, 2007

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The Opponent: Rice Owls

Game #8
TCU (3-4) at Rice (5-5)
Houston, Texas -- Sharp Gym [at Houston Baptist (1,500)]
Thursday, Dec. 6 -- 7:30 p.m. CST
Radio: 88.7 KTCU-FM,
Internet: Live Radio via KTCU; Live Stats via All-Access

FORT WORTH--Fresh off a three-game homestand, TCU returns to the road Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Rice in Houston, Texas. Due to renovations of the Owls' Autry Court, the game will be held at Sharp Gym on the campus of Houston Baptist.

Thursday's meeting will mark the 49th all-time between the former Southwest Conference rivals, marking the second-oldest series in TCU's program history. The Lady Frogs trail in the series, 20-28, despite having won the last five matchups dating back to the 1999-2000 season. Each of the last four wins has been by at least 14 points.

The Frogs will look to earn their first victory of the season against an old SWC foe, as they have dropped decisions to SMU and Texas A&M already this season.

Today's game can be heard live on the radio in the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) calling the action. All games this season, home and away, will be broadcast live on KTCU. Live statistics also will be available on via GameTracker.

Frog Quick Notes
-Saturday's game marks the third of four matchups for TCU this season against former Southwest Conference foes [at SMU (L, 61-66), Texas A&M (L, 68-58), at Rice, at Houston].

-The Lady Frogs won their last meeting with Rice, 81-67, last November for their fifth straight win in the series. Prior to the current streak, TCU had dropped 18 straight decisions to the Owls.

-The Frogs are 7-2 in their last nine games against teams from the state of Texas.

-The Frogs lead the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds (17.57 pg).

-Moneka Knight is only three assists shy of the No. 8 spot on TCU's all-time chart, currently held by assistant coach Tricia Payne (261).

-Lorie Butler-Rayford needs only three points for 700 in her career.

-Helena Sverrisdottir is one of only four players to appear in the MWC statistical rankings for scoring (29th), rebounding (20th) and assists (T-5th). She ranks 29th nationally in assist-turnover ratio (2.22).

-The senior class of Butler-Rayford, Knight, Jenna Lohse, Helen Roden and Adrianne Ross have combined for 2,904 points, 1,422 rebounds, 840 assists and 583 steals during their careers.

Scouting Rice (5-5)
Rice enters Thursday's matchup with a 5-5 overall record after dropping five of its last six matchups to UCLA, Colorado, Clemson, Furman and Wake Forest. The Owls will welcome a return home after playing host to only one home game so far this season, a 49-39 win over Arkansas State. The squad is coming off four straight road games and opened the year with five consecutive contests away from Houston, including wins over Navy, North Texas, Winthrop and Cal State Northridge.

Head Coach Greg Williams, in his third year at Rice, returns only two starters from last season's team that advanced to the WNIT while posting the Owls' 11th consecutive winning season. Forward Valeriy Berezhynska and point guard Kadie Riverin both scored in double-figures a season ago with respective averages of 12.2 and 11.0 points per game.

Berezhynska has started the 2007-08 season strong, averaging 17.8 points through nine games, while she also leads Rice's efforts on the glass with an 8.8 rebounding average. Guard Maudess Fulton owns averages of 13.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg, while Riverin paces the team in assists (3.3 apg) while chipping in 10.9 ppg.

Younger Standing Tall vs. Top Teams
Micaela Younger has put up arguably her two best performances of the season in games against ranked teams--Nov. 23 at No. 5/5 LSU and Dec. 2 vs. No. 13/12 Texas A&M. The 6-3 junior combined for 29 points in the two games.

Not only did Younger match a then-career high with eight points in only 17 minutes of action against LSU, she also played solid defense against Lady Tiger All-American Sylvia Fowles. She helped TCU limit Fowles to 16 points and only six boards, both of which are below her current season averages.

Younger blew up against Texas A&M to the tune of 21 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She hit 9-of-10 shots from the floor and surpassed her previous scoring high in the game's first 12:07. Younger's single-game shooting percentage ranks second for an MWC player this season.



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