TCU Set for UTPA Saturday Afternoon

Dec. 21, 2012

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TCU (5-4) vs. UTPA (5-6)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Dec. 22 (2 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 TV
 None
 TV Talent
 None
 Radio Listing  KTCU 88.7 FM, FrogVision
 Listen Online  Listen Live
 Radio Talent  Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play)
 Stats  Gametracker
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  8-1 (TCU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Jan. 5, 2012 (L, 54-56)


FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will play its final home game before the holiday break Saturday when it takes on UTPA at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will look to move to 6-4 on the year after falling to No. 6 Georgia in their last outing, 72-59. 

TCU and the Broncs will play for the 10th time in program history Saturday. In all, the Frogs will be going for their ninth win in 10 tries over the fellow Texas school. 

The Opponent
UTPA comes into Saturday's contest with a 5-6 overall record. The Broncs, who have won two-straight heading into Saturday, haven't played since defeating Texas Southern, 65-46, on Friday, Dec. 7. Against the Tigers, UTPA was relentless on defense, holding Texas Southern without a field goal for the first seven minutes of action. 

In addition, the Broncs held the Tigers to only 7.4 percent (2-for-27) shooting from behind the arc. Individually, sophomore Jasmine Thompson scored a career-high 21 points, while tallying seven rebounds.

On the year, Thompson has led the way for UTPA, averaging 8.8 points per game. KaeLynn Boyd has also had a solid non-conference season, boasting a stat line that reads 7.5 points per contest and 3.2 boards a game.  

The Series
TCU and Texas-Pan American will be meeting for the 10th time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs have won eight of the nine meeting's against the Broncs after dropping a 56-54 decision a year ago. Prior to last season, TCU had won all four home games by an average margin of 38.5 points, including a 121-53 outburst in 1987.

Breaux Is A Go
In TCU's last outing against No. 6 Georgia, Donielle Breaux made her presence felt. In only her second game back, the Houston area product scored a career-high 14 points, marking the first time in her collegiate career she has scored in double-figures. In all,  Breaux recorded new career-highs in nine different categories, including points (14), three-pointers made and attempted (2-of-3), and minutes (22).

The Game Before The Break
Since 2002, TCU is 6-4 in the final game prior to the holiday break. During that stretch, the Frogs have defeated No. 8 Vanderbilt (2002), Pepperdine (2003), Arkansas State (2005), No. 17 DePaul (2006), Sam Houston State (2009) and Tulsa (2011). In the six victories, TCU has scored over 80 points three times, while defeating its opponent by an average score of 77.3-61.7.

Cole Is Automatic 
Kamy Cole hasn't missed a free throw since TCU's season-opener against Charlotte. The freshman has made 16 straight free throws. Her last miss came at the 2:54 mark of the second half against the 49ers. On the year, she has only missed two free throws (17-of-19), both of which came against Charlotte.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the UTPA game can follow the game live via Gametracker and FrogVision. 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. 

Medley Honored By Big 12
For the second time in three weeks, freshman Zahna Medley was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week Monday. Medley scored 21 points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds from her point guard position in leading TCU to a 67-60 victory over Sam Houston State Sunday. The freshman hit 6-of-11 from the floor against the Bearkats, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. She also had three assists and two steals.

Chucking It From The Cheap Seats
TCU has seemed to make a home from behind the arc during non-conference play this season, hitting 67 three pointers. Below is a closer look at the Horned Frogs' three-point barrage:

Team Notes
• 39.1 percent of the Purple and White's shots taken have come from three. 
• TCU is attempting 24 triples per contest this season.  
• 35.1 percent of TCU's baskets made have been by three.
• 22.2 point per game have come from behind the arc.  

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

Making Opponents Pay
TCU is averaging 15.8 free throws made per game so far this season, which is quite impressive considering that after nine games a year ago, the Frogs were only averaging 7.7 makes from the charity stripe. Upon further review, the Frogs have connected on 142-of-187 (.759) free throws during non-conference play. In 2011, TCU had only made 69-of-115 (.600) after nine games. The Frogs rank No. 2 in the Big 12 in free throw percentage and 28th overall in the NCAA.

Halfway Home
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 seven 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 seven times out of a total of 12 games, including four times this season. Considering the fact that Ventress has scored in double-digits 26 times in her career, she will play a significant role in how TCU handles the holiday month.   

The Swat Team
In TCU's five 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 five games, 29-12. TCU currently ranks No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 21 in the NCAA in blocked shots. Individually, Latricia Lovings in the five games is averaging over four blocks a contest. The junior ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in blocks.

Last Time Out
A young and pesky TCU squad gave No. 6 Georgia all they wanted Wednesday night pulling within seven late, but couldn't complete the upset, falling 72-59 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

In a game that wasn't decided until the final minutes, the Horned Frogs, now 5-4 on the young season, made plays on both ends of the court. In the second half alone the Frogs held Georgia (12-0) to 4-of-11 shooting from the field. During that stretch, TCU, who saw its five-game winning streak at home come to an end Wednesday, cut the Bulldog lead to seven off a 22-8 run. Georgia was able to escape with the victory thanks in large part to some key free throws down the stretch.

Natalie Ventress led the Frogs on the night with a game-high 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting. The sophomore was also solid on the boards with six. In only her second game back, fellow sophomore Donielle Breaux was spectacular, scoring a new career-high 14 points. Finally, Latricia Lovings was once again productive inside, tallying a season-high 10 points, while also recording seven boards and six blocks.

As a team, the Frogs shot 40 percent from the field Wednesday. TCU also connected on 81.3 percent from charity stripe on 13-of-16 shooting.

Up Next
TCU will next be in action on Dec. 29 against Texas A&M CC. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. CT.


 

 


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