Feb. 24, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team returns to action on Tuesday to take on Texas at 7:30 p.m., at the Frank Erwin Center. The contest will be televised on the Longhorn Network.
The Horned Frogs continue to lead the Big 12 in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.7 points per game. TCU has held six Big 12 opponents to under 60 points while league opponents are averaging just 59.9 points against the Frogs.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led TCU for the fifth-straight game with 13 points against No. 5 Baylor on Saturday and is averaging 20.0 points over the last seven contests. Medley, who ranks sixth in the league in scoring (16.3 ppg), has scored in double figures in 22 games this season and surpassed the 20-point threshold in 10 contests.
Medley drained three more 3-pointers on Saturday, ranking third in the Big 12 with 60 treys this season, and has connected on multiple buckets from beyond the arc in five-straight games.
Junior forward Natalie Ventress has been one of the team's most consistent threats on offense, scoring at least eight points in 18 of the last 19 games. Ventress has shot 41 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range during that span.
Senior center Latricia Lovings swatted 10 shots in two games last week and currently ranks fourth nationally with 3.8 blocks per game while posting the most rejections (212) nationally since the start of the 2012-13 season.
Lovings, who has recorded at least one block in a school-record 66-straight games, has actually increased her production in Big 12 play, averaging 4.1 blocks per game while posting five or more rejections in seven league contests.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince tallied her first-career double-double against Baylor on Saturday with 12 points and 10 rebounds and has scored in double figures in five of the last six games. Prince, who snagged nine steals last week, leads the Big 12 with 2.5 steals in league contests.
Texas enters Tueday's contest with a 17-10 overall record and ranks fourth in the Big 12 standings with an 8-7 mark. The Longhorns have dropped each of their last three contests.
Texas excels on both sides of the ball, as the Longhorns lead the league in 3-point percentage (.365) and rank second in field-goal percentage (.442) and assists (15.7 apg) while averaging 70.0 points per game.
The Longhorns have one of the nation's top defenses, leading the Big 12 and ranking second in the country in field-goal percentage defense (.339) while allowing just over 59 points per game, which ranks fourth in the league.
Texas ranks second in the Big 12 on the glass with 44.3 rebounds per game and places second in the conference and fourth nationally in rebounding margin (+11.3).
Texas is led by 6-foot-1 forward Nneka Enemkpali, who paces the Big 12 in rebounding (8.9 rpg) and ranks second in offensive rebounds (3.7 rpg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.534) and 12th in scoring (12.6 ppg).
Joining Enemkpali in the paint is 6-foot-7 sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford, who is averaging 10.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while ranking second in the league with 2.1 blocks per contest.
Guards Brady Sanders and Chassidy Fussell make a dangerous 3-point duo, ranking fifth (.400) and 10th (.366), respectively, in 3-point percentage.
TCU VS. TEXAS - THE SERIES
TCU and Texas will square off for the 34th time in the series that dates back to 1983, as the Horned Frogs claimed their first victory in the rivalry on Jan. 19.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored all 12 of her points in the final nine minutes of the first meeting against Texas this season, while senior center Latricia Lovings posted 10 points, six rebounds and seven blocks, including three rejections in the final 45 seconds.
LAST TIME OUT
Following its largest margin of victory in a Big 12 contest, the Horned Frogs dropped a 69-46 decision to No. 5 Baylor on Saturday in Fort Worth.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley led the Frogs with 13 points while tying a season high with six rebounds. Medley connected on three 3-pointers, recording multiple buckets from beyond the arc for the fifth-straight game.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince registered her first-career double-double against the Lady Bears with 12 points and 10 rebounds while also snagging four steals in 36 minutes. Prince has scored in double figures in five of the last six games.
Senior center Latricia Lovings swatted five more shots on Saturday, marking her 11th contest this season of five or more rejections and extending her school-record streak of games with a block to 66.
Trailing by 15 at the half, the Frogs cut the lead down to nine at the 11:24 mark when Prince grabbed an offensive rebound and converted the putback and followed with another offensive rebound on the next possession and drained the ensuring free throws.
The Horned Frogs currently lead the Big 12 and rank 21st nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.7 points per game, while ranking 11th in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.9 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 14 opponents this season to 35-percent or under effort from the field and 21 of 27 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fifth nationally with 6.3 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 9.9 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 14 steal-getters in the league.
Fans can listen to Tuesday's contest at Texas on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 and FrogVision with Jeff Lewis on the call.
For live updates, fans can follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing live stats, here.