TCU begins three-game road swing at BYU Thursday
RV/RV TCU vs -/RV BYU
Jan. 30, 2007
PROVO, Utah - After claiming convincing home victories over New Mexico (67-43) and San Diego State (83-57) last week, the TCU women,s basketball team will begin a three-game road trip on Thursday with a nationally-televised tilt against BYU at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be played in Provo, Utah, at the Marriott Center (22,700) and will be televised by CSTV (Direct TV channel 610, Dish Network channel 152).
RV/RV TCU (15-6, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) is currently fourth in the conference and is bidding for its second conference road win of the season after dropping its last two road games at Utah and Wyoming. -/RV BYU (15-5, 6-1 MWC) is in second place after falling at Utah on Saturday. Similar to the Lady Frogs who are 12-0 at home, the Cougars are also undefeated at home with an 8-0 record.
Thursday's game on CSTV will have Ann Schatz (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) on the call. CSTV is in over 52 million homes nationwide and is in its first year of a multi-year deal that gives CSTV exclusive rights to MWC sporting events. The audio broadcast can also be heard on 88.7 KTCU and www.gofrogs.com with Jeff Williams calling the action. Live stats from the game are also available on www.gofrogs.com.
BYU leads the all-time series 6-2 and the Cougars have won three straight over TCU. The Lady Frogs are 1-2 all-time at BYU with their lone victory coming on Nov. 29, 2003, when TCU defeated BYU 79-74.
Following the BYU game, TCU will continue its three-game road trip with a game at UNLV on Saturday and a contest at Colorado State on Feb. 7. TCU is 1-4 on the road this season with its lone victory coming at Air Force on Jan. 11.
BYU leads the league in field-goal percentage (43.1) and field-goal percentage defense (35.1). The Cougars are also second in the league in rebounding margin (+4.8) and pace the league with an average of 15.70 assists.
The Cougars won all three matchups with TCU last season. In Provo last season, BYU won 73-56 on Feb. 25. In addition to the two regular season meetings, the two teams met in the semifinals of the MWC Tournament where BYU won 63-53.
Last season, BYU posted its best record in school history with a mark of 26-6. The team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Oklahoma.
Leading the Cougars is Jeff Judkins, who was the MWC Coach of the Year in 2006 and has an overall record of 118-57 in six years at BYU.
BYU was picked to finish second in the league and is led by preseason All-MWC selection Dani Wright, who leads the team in scoring (12.9) and is tied for the lead in rebounding with an average of 6.4.
Winning with Style
TCU has outscored opponents 947-707 at home and has won by at least 22 points in each of the last six home games.
TCU's Road Starts under Jeff Mittie
Season Road Record (5 gms) Final Road Record Overall Record 2006-07 1-4 - - 2005-06 3-2 6-5 19-12 2004-05 1-4 4-7 23-10 2003-04 4-1 10-3 25-7 2002-03 0-5 2-12 20-14 2001-02 3-2 7-3 24-7 2000-01 4-1 8-4 25-8 1999-00 0-5 3-7 16-14
A Streak Unmatched
Rk. School Next Game Date Streak 1 LSU 2/08/2007 42 2 Bowling Green 2/04/2007 26 3 Ohio St. 2/04/2007 25 4 Charlotte 2/08/2007 21 5 James Madison 2/01/2007 22 6 Marist 2/09/2007 20 7 Louisville 2/03/2007 18 North Carolina 2/08/2007 18 9 TCU 2/10/2007 17
Ross Named MWC Co-Player of the Week
Against the Lobos, the Hobbs, N.M., native posted the first double-double of her career and was two assists shy of just the second triple-double in TCU history. Ross scored 16 points, grabbed a career-best 11 rebounds and matched a career high with eight assists. She also had five steals in the contest.
In the same game, Ross became the ninth player in TCU history to tally 1,000 points in her career.
Playing San Diego State on Sunday, Ross had a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and had three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The honor is the first of Ross' career and it is the third this season for the Lady Frogs (15-6, 5-2 MWC). Teammate Ashley Davis received player of the week honors on Dec. 4 and Dec. 26.
Sharing the honors as co-recipient with Ross was Utah guard Morgan Warburton.
On the week, Ross shot 10-for-24 (.417) from the floor and was 13-of-19 from the free-throw line. She totaled 34 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists and seven steals.