TCU Opens Big 12 against Baylor Wednesday

Dec. 31, 2012


TCU (7-4) vs. Baylor (10-1)

 Date (Time)  Wednesday, Jan. 2 (7 p.m. CT)
 Location  Daniel-Meyer Coliseum | Fort Worth, Texas
 Fox Sports Southwest +
 TV Talent
 Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play); Janice Dziuk (Color)
 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  Baylor leads, 22-5
 Last Meeting  Feb. 17, 1996 (L, 85-92)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open Big 12 play Wednesday with a home game against defending national champion Baylor at 7:00 p.m. The Horned Frogs will look to move to 8-4 on the year after dropping Texas A&M-CC in their last outing, 69-38.

Wednesday's game will be will be shown live on Fox Sports Southwest + with Chuck LaMendola (Play-By-Play) and former Horned Frog great Janice Dziuk (Color) calling the action live. 

TCU and the Bears will play for the 28th time in program history Wednesday. In all, the Frogs will be playing Baylor for the first time since 1996 and will be looking for their first win since capturing an 83-76 victory in 1990 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. 

The Opponent
Baylor comes into Wednesday's contest with a 10-1 overall record after defeating Southeastern Louisiana in its last outing, 106-41. The Bears, who were ranked No. 3 in both national polls as of last week, have only lost once in the past two years, falling to former No. 1 Stanford in November, 71-69. 

In its last outing, Baylor won its 46th-straight game at home, dropping SLU, 106-41. The defending national champion Lady Bears, who now have the longest active home winning streak in women's college basketball, shot 60 percent from the field, while shooting 40 percent from behind the arc. Freshman guard Alexis Prince led Baylor with a season-high 17 points. Defending National Player of the Year Brittany Griner, a two-time unanimous All-America honoree, had 12 points and five blocks.

Griner has led the way for the Lady Bears this season, averaging 20.2 points per game, while grabbing 7.5 boards a contest. Returning All-American Odyssey Sims has also been special during non-conference play, recording 13.1 points per game and almost six assists per contest. 

The Series
TCU and Baylor will be meeting for the 28th time in program history Wednesday. The Horned Frogs have won five games against the Lady Bears in the all-time series, but haven't won since an 83-76 victory at the DMC in 1990. In all, the Purple and White have claimed three of their five victories at home in the 28-game span. The Frogs and Lady Bears last played each other on Feb. 17, 1996. Baylor won the contest in Fort Worth, 92-85.

A Rebounding Machine
Latricia Lovings had a career-rebounding game in her last outing against Texas A&M-CC. She followed up her first career double-double against UTPA with 17 boards versus the Islanders. Lovings has now had 15 or more rebounds in the last two games at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. She has now grabbed double-digit rebounds in three out of her last four games in Fort Worth. Her 17 boards were the most in a single-game since former Frog Starr Crawford grabbed 18 against UNLV in 2011.

Not to be outdone, freshman Veja Hamilton also posted double-digits boards with 10 against Corpus Christi, which marks the first time since the 2010-11 campaign that the Horned Frogs have had multiple players grab 10 or more boards in a single-game.  

Opening Up League Play
TCU has only lost a conference opener twice in seven games since 2006, falling to Wyoming and San Diego State in 2006 and 2012, respectively. Overall, head coach Jeff Mittie is 8-5 in conference openers during his time at TCU. The Frogs have won five out of the last six league openers. 

Holding Teams Down
In TCU's last two outings, the Frogs held UTPA and Texas A&M-CC to only 37 and 38 points, respectively. In 10 years, the Purple and White have held 18 opponents to less than 40 points in a single-game. TCU is a perfect 18-0 when accomplishing that feat during that stretch. During the last two years alone, the Frogs have not allowed six different opponents to eclipse the 40-point barrier. 

Playing NCAA Champions
TCU will open its first season in the Big 12 with a home contest Wednesday against defending national champion Baylor. 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. Wednesday night's tilt 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.

Cole Is Automatic 
Kamy Cole hasn't missed a free throw since TCU's season-opener against Charlotte. The freshman has made 17 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 (18-of-20), both of which came against Charlotte.

Playing Top 10 Opponents
Baylor brings a No. 3 ranking into Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. During the Jeff Mittie era, the Frogs have played 11 top 10 opponents at the DMC. TCU is 3-7 all-time under Mittie against teams ranked in the top 10.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Baylor 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. 

Keeping Opponents Under 60
The Frogs held Central Florida, Houston, UTPA and Corpus Christi under 60 points, marking the 36th time in the last three years TCU has held an opponent under 60. The Frogs are a remarkable 32-4 the last three years when an opponent has scored less than 60 points. The last time TCU lost when holding an opponent under 60 was last February in a 55-54 setback at UNLV.

Last Time Out
TCU closed the non-conference portion of its schedule in style, crushing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 69-38.

The Horned Frogs, who moved to 7-4 on the season, used relentless pressure on the glass to power past the Islanders, out-rebounding Texas A&M-CC, 49-28. The Frogs are now 5-0 this season when out-rebounding the opposition. In all, the Frogs recorded a 20-6 advantage in second chance points, while outscoring the Islanders off the bench, 35-15. On a night where TCU jumped all over Texas A&M-CC early, the Frogs simply stormed out of the gates, shooting 40.3 percent from the field.

Simply put, the Frogs went on a 16-3 run midway through the opening frame after Corpus Christi had pulled within three at the 12:15 mark and never looked back as that was as close the Islanders would get the rest of the night. 

Freshman Kamy Cole scorched the Corpus Christi for a new career-high 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-11 from deep. Donielle Breaux also had a solid night with 10 points, while adding a game-high four assists and three steals.

Up Next
TCU will continue league play with a road contest at Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 5. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.  




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