TCU Ready for Sam Houston State Sunday

Dec. 13, 2012


TCU (4-3) vs. Sam Houston State (2-5)

 Date (Time)  Sunday, Dec. 16 (2 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV Talent
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
 Stats  Gametracker
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  9-4 (TCU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Dec. 18, 2011 (W, 60-49)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU returns home Sunday to face Sam Houston State at 2:00 p.m. CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs, who have won four-straight at the DMC, will play the Bearkats for the 14th time in program history.

The Frogs haven't lost to Sam Houston State since an overtime thriller in 1985 and will look to garner their 10th-straight victory in the all-time series.  

The Opponent
Sam Houston State (2-5) heads into Sunday's tilt fresh off a 71-61 setback to South Alabama. In their last outing, the Bearkats' Sequeena Thomas led the way with a double-double, scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Jasmine Johnson netted 12 points. For the game, SHSU, who is in the midst of a six-game road swing, shot almost 40 percent from the field, going 23-of-64.

On the year, Sam Houston has defeated Grambling and Texas A&M-Commerce, respectively. The Bearkats last won on Nov. 30 against the Lions. Individually, Britni Martin has showed flashes of brilliance during non-conference play, averaging 15.6 points per game, while grabbing 4.4 boards. Thomas has also been stellar, recording 12.7 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per contest. 

The Series
When the Horned Frogs and Bearkats take to the court Sunday it will mark the 14th meeting between the two Texas schools. TCU has dominated the series as of late, winning the last nine meetings, including a 60-49 victory in 2011. Overall, the Horned Frogs own a 9-4 advantage in the series.

An Inside Look At The Bearkat Series
For a fourth-straight year, TCU will host Sam Houston State after playing Texas A&M the game before. During those outings, the Frogs have scored an average of 79 points, while holding the Bearkats to an average of 63.3 points. In the previous three outings, the Purple and White have shot a combined 43.4 percent from the floor (83-of-191) against Sam Houston State.

Chucking It From The Cheap Seats
TCU has seemed to make a home from behind the arc during non-conference play this season, hitting 51 three pointers. Below is a closer look at the Horned Frogs' three-point barrage:

Team Notes
• 40 percent of the Purple and White's shots taken have come from three. 
• TCU is attempting 25.3 triples per contest this season.  
• 34 percent of TCU's baskets made have been by three.
• 21.9 point per game have come from behind the arc.  

Individual Notes
• 463 percent of Zahna Medley's makes this season have come from three-point land. 
• 57 percent of Kamy Cole's buckets during non-conference play have come from behind the arc. 

Making Opponents Pay
TCU is averaging 16.0 free throws made per game so far this season, which is quite impressive considering that after seven games a year ago, the Frogs were only averaging 7.9 makes from the charity stripe. Upon further review, the Frogs have connected on 112-of-149 (.752) free throws during non-conference play. In 2011, TCU had only made 55-of-89 (.618) after seven games. The Frogs rank No. 2 in the Big 12 in free throw percentage and 26th overall in the NCAA.

TCU's 149 free throw attempts are the seventh-most in the NCAA this season out of teams currently ranked in the top-25 in free throw percentage, trailing only Bradley (219), Purdue (219), Nevada (200), Utah State (168), Notre Dame (155) and Marist (153).

Halfway Home
In its last home outing, TCU went 14-of-28 against UTSA during first half action. When the Frogs shoot 50 percent for a half, it usually has meant good things. TCU is an astonishing 23-3 the last three years when shooting 50 percent during a half of action. The only losses during that stretch came against Wyoming last February and Texas A&M during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, respectively. 

Ventress Keys Horned Frog Success
Natalie Ventress poured in 18 points against UTSA last week. When the sophomore goes for 18 or more in a single-game, TCU has only fell six times in a two-year span.  During her young two-year career, the sophomore has amazingly only scored in double-figures during the month of December five times out of a total of 10 games, including twice this season. Considering the fact that Ventress has scored in double-digits 24 times in her career, she will play a significant role in how TCU handles the holiday month.

The Swat Team
In TCU's four victories this season, a common theme has come across the box score. The Frogs have turned away opponents at the rim, out-blocking the opposition in the four games, 19-7. TCU currently ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 35 in the NCAA in blocked shots. Individually, Latricia Lovings in the four games is averaging almost four blocks a contest. The junior ranks No. 7 in the NCAA in blocks.

Making Opponents Pay At The Line
In TCU's four victories this season, the Frogs have shot over 70 percent from the charity stripe, combining to go 70-of-96 (.730) from the line. Individually, Natalie Ventress has gone 26-of-32 from the line during the four victories and has gotten to line at least seven times in three out of the four games. Ventress had hit 22-straight from the charity stripe before missing in the second half against Houston.

Last Time Out
TCU fought hard during the second half last Saturday, but couldn't overcome its slow start, falling to Texas A&M at Reed Arena, 68-47.

On the day, the young Horned Frogs missed on several makeable chances early in the contest, but settled down in the second half, as both their offense and defense seemed to disrupt the Aggies during stretches of play. Texas A&M is receiving votes in both national polls and are only two years removed from winning an NCAA Championship.

TCU, who saw its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, continuously chipped away at the Texas A&M lead in the second frame of play. In the end, the Frogs, now 4-3 on the year, couldn't make enough plays, despite shooting over 80 percent from the charity stripe for the game.

Freshman Zahna Medley led the way for the Horned Frogs Saturday, scoring 14 points, while fellow newcomer Kamy Cole followed with 10. Veja Hamilton, who recorded her fourth-straight start Saturday, helped the Frogs record 38 boards, grabbing a new career-high 10 rebounds.

Up Next
TCU returns to the court Wednesday, Dec. 19 against nationally ranked Georgia. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.  




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