TCU Hosts Prairie View A&M in Non-Conference Finale

Dec. 27, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will take its four-game winning streak into the non-conference finale against Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m., on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs (8-3) return to the hardwood following a week layoff since they last posted a dominating 78-46 victory over Sam Houston State on Dec. 20.

TCU held the Bearkats to season lows in points (46) and field-goal percentage (24.1) and currently ranks third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (31.3), fourth in blocks (6.5 bpg) and 19th in scoring defense (55.6 ppg).

Sophomore guard Zahna Medley tallied a game-high 18 points in the win, hitting the double-figure mark for the eighth time in 11 games this season, while junior guard Natalie Ventress and senior center Latricia Lovings added nine points apiece.

Sophomore forward Caitlin Diaz and freshman forward Jada Butts both notched career highs off the bench with eight points, while Butts also pulled down a career high and team-best eight rebounds in just 16 minutes of action.

Prairie View A&M has gone winless through its opening nine contests against a tough non-conference schedule.

The Lady Panthers are scoring just 50.7 points per game while the opposition is averaging nearly 77 points per contest while shooting 45 percent from the field. Prairie View A&M has also struggled on the boards, dropping the rebounding battle by a minus-12.0 margin as opponents are averaging 45.8 boards per game.

Prairie View A&M is led by junior guard Jeanette Jackson, who enters Saturday's contest with 16.7 points and 3.2 assists per contest. Six foot junior forward Larissa Scott leads the Lady Panthers in the post with 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while adding 6.9 points per game.

TCU and Prairie View A&M will meet for just the sixth time on Saturday and the first since the 2001-02 season, as the Horned Frogs have won all previous five contests.

The two teams have played the last four contests at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum dating back to 1996, as TCU has won those games by an average margin of victory over 51.5 points.

Prairie View A&M is the second member of the SWAC that TCU will meet during its non-conference slate, as the Horned Frogs posted a 95-64 victory over Grambling State on Nov. 18.

Saturday's contest against Prairie View A&M will be aired live on the radio on KTCU 88.7 with Jeff Williams and Jeff Lewis on the call.

For live updates, fans can also follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.

Senior Latricia Lovings has developed into one of the top defensive players in the country, currently ranking fifth nationally with 3.6 blocks per game after finishing last season at No. 3 in the country with 3.6 blocks per contest.

Lovings has racked up the most blocks in the nation since the start of the 2012-13 season with 149 total rejections, seven ahead of Iona's Sabrina Jeridore.

With 238 total blocks in her career, Lovings ranks second in program history behind only TCU great Sandora Irvin's 480 swats.

Lovings has racked up 14 single-game performances of five or more blocks in her career, including a career-best 10 rejections in TCU's contest against Stephen F. Austin on Dec. 4, marking the fourth-highest total in school history.

The Fort Worth native's 10 blocks are the second-highest total in the country this season behind Jeriodore's 13, after posting the second-best block performance in the NCAA a year ago with nine against Texas Tech.

Junior guard Natalie Ventress has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, averaging 14.6 points over that span while shooting 53 percent (29-of-55) from the field and 42 percent (10-of-24) from 3-point range.

The Fort Worth native, who is expected to make her 66th-career start on Saturday and has played in all 71-career games, drained the 116th 3-pointer of her career against Sam Houston State on Dec. 20, moving into sole possession of ninth spot in program history.

Fans can purchase season tickets for just $100, while single-game tickets are also on sale for as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth.

Fans can also take part in the Holiday Hoops promotion with $5 general admission tickets for the next three contests, where the Horned Frogs face Prairie View A&M (Dec. 28), Iowa State (Jan. 2) and Kansas (Jan. 8).

For more information, fans can click here or call 817-257-FROG.



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