TCU Closes Non-Conference Schedule Saturday

Dec. 28, 2012


TCU (6-4) vs. Texas A&M-CC (1-9)

 Date (Time)  Saturday, Dec. 29 (5 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  Emil Moffet (Play-By-Play)
 Stats  Gametracker
 Game Notes  Game Notes
 Twitter Updates  Women's Basketball Twitter
 Series Record  2-0 (TCU Leads)
 Last Meeting  Jan. 2, 2010 (W, 78-74)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will close the non-conference portion of its schedule Saturday with a home game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5:00 p.m.

The Horned Frogs will look to move to 7-4 on the year after dropping UTPA in their last outing, 73-37. 

TCU and the Islanders will play for only the third time in program history Satuday. In all, the Frogs will be playing Texas A&M-CC for the first time since 2010 and have never lost to the Islanders.    

The Opponent
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi comes into Saturday's contest with a 1-9 overall record after defeating Cornell in its last outing, 52-49. The win marked head coach Royce Chadwick's first victory as an Islander. Against the Big Red, senior Jessica Jammer tallied a season-high 16 points, while Alisa Roberts chipped in with nine and eight boards. 

Overall, Texas A&M-CC will be playing its second Big 12 school this season after dropping a 79-30 contest at Texas in November. 

On the year, Janae Blont has led the way for the Islanders, averaging 11.1 points per game, while starting seven contests. Ashley Darley has also been impressive, recording 7.7 points per contest and 3.1 boards.  

The Series
TCU and Texas A&M-CC will be meeting for the third time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs have won both contests, including a 78-74 decision in 2010 at the DMC.

In the 2010 contest, current professional and former Frog great Helena Sverrisdottir recorded only the second triple-double in Horned Frog history, scoring 17 points, while adding 11 rebounds and 11 assists. In their only other meeting on the hardwood, the Frogs defeated the Islanders in 2001, 62-56.

Wrapping Up Non-Conference Play
If recent trends hold true, the Horned Frogs should be in good shape Saturday against Texas A&M-CC. The Frogs have only lost their final non-conference game of the season once since the 2008-09 campaign and are 10-3 overall under head coach Jeff Mittie.

Holding Teams Down
In TCU's last outing, the Frogs held UTPA to only 37 points. In 10 years, the Purple and White have held 17 opponents to less than 40 points in a single-game. TCU is a perfect 17-0 when accomplishing that feat during that stretch. During the last two years alone, the Frogs have not allowed five different opponents to eclipse the 40-point barrier. 

A Look Ahead
TCU will open its first season in the Big 12 with a home contest against defending national champion Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 2. It marks the second-straight year in which the Horned Frogs will face the defending national champion, having played Texas A&M a year ago. It will also mark the second time under head coach Jeff Mittie that TCU has hosted a defending NCAA Champion at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. It will be only the third time in program history that the Frogs have hosted the defending national champion, having battled Texas at the DMC during the 1987 season.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Texas A&M-CC 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 On Point
Freshman Zahna Medley has scored 20 or more points three times this season, while leading all Big 12 freshmen in scoring on the year. She is also the only rookie in the Big 12 and one of two players among all classes to have two games of six or more three's.

Making Opponents Pay
TCU is averaging 15.3 free throws made per game so far this season, which is quite impressive considering that after 10 games a year ago, the Frogs were only averaging 9.4 makes from the charity stripe. Upon further review, the Frogs have connected on 153-of-203 (.754) free throws during non-conference play. 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 24-3 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.

The Swat Team
In TCU's six 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 six games, 35-17. 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
Some hot shooting and smothering defense propelled TCU to a 73-37 drubbing of UTPA at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

On a dominating day, the Horned Frogs simply attacked the Broncs from start to finish, shooting 42.9 percent from the field, including 13-of-26 for 50 percent in the second half. For a majority of the day, TCU did most of its damage down low, outscoring UTPA inside the paint, 34-14.

For as much as the Purple and White dominated down low, the Frogs were just as dangerous from beyond the arc, shooting almost 45 percent for the game. TCU's defense was just as impressive, limiting UTPA to only 21.3 percent from the field on 13-of-61 shooting, which ranks as the ninth lowest field goal percentage by an opponent in program history.

Freshman sensation Zahna Medley led the Frogs on the day, scoring 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including 5-of-7 from three-point land. The Illinois native did most of her damage in the first half, netting 16 points on 6-of-8 from the floor. Junior Latricia Lovings had a career day, posting her first collegiate double-double with 11 points and a new career-high 15 rebounds.

Up Next
TCU will take on No. 3 and defending NCAA Champion Baylor on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT from the DMC.  




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