TCU Set For Exhibition With East Central
Nov. 6, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball team will open its 2012-13 season Wednesday night with an exhibition contest against East Central. Start time is set for 7:00 p.m. CT inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and admission is free to the public.
Fans not able to attend the exhibition contest against the Tigers can follow it live on FrogVision with Chuck LaMendola and Russell Scott calling the action live. The stream is available by going to the women's basketball schedule and clicking on the watch live icon located on the right side of the page.
Five starters and nine letterwinners return for East Central in 2012-13, including two players who recorded nine points per game or better a year ago in Jourdan Clark and Lindsay McCown. Clark and McCown averaged 9.0 and 9.3 points per game, respectively. Fellow starter Ashley Robison also returns for the Tigers after starting 26 games last season. She averaged 8.0 points per game, while grabbing 6.2 boards a contest.
In the Big 12, TCU ranks second behind Texas amongst the most inexperienced teams returning in the NCAA. Nationally, the Frogs are tied at No. 24 for the most inexperienced teams returning in the NCAA.
A Brand New Season
The Frogs' returning starters are seniors Whitney Williams, who made 22 starts a season ago, and Delisa Gross, who has been a three-year starter during her time in Fort Worth. Sophomore Natalie Ventress is by far the most experienced starter from a year ago, starting 28 of the 30 games, while junior Latricia Lovings started 17 games at the post.
A Young Team
In total, nine of the Frogs 13 players are either freshmen (4) or sophomores (5).
Frogs Will Rely on Newcomers
Cole, a four-star rated recruit, will don the Purple and White in 2012-13 after ranking as the No. 46 overall rated guard nationally according to ESPN/HoopGurlz. She also ranked as high as the No. 14 rated player in the state of Texas according to Premier Basketball Report.
Diaz, who was a McDonald's All-America nominee, was ranked as the 34th-best forward according to ESPN/HoopGurlz. She was also rated as the No. 18 ranked player in the state of Texas according to Premier Basketball Report.
Hamilton, who was ranked as high as the No. 18 overall rated wing in the country according to ESPN/HoopGurlz, is a four-star rated combo guard and the No. 16 ranked small forward nationally according to Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Report.
A three-star rated recruit by ESPN/HoopGurlz, Medley, was considered the 155th best player in the country and No. 33 amongst point guards overall by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Report.
Breaux, a transfer from Kansas, won't be eligible to play until the second semester for the Purple and White. Breaux, who was tabbed the 35th-best guard in the country by ESPN/HoopGurlz following her senior season, will bring plenty of experience to the TCU roster, having played in 11 games for KU against the likes of Creighton, Wake Forest, SMU, Wisconsin and Oral Roberts.
Tough Schedule Once Again
The Frogs will play the last two NCAA Champions in Baylor and Texas A&M.
NCAA Tournament Breakdown
TCU will play both the NCAA Champion and WNIT Champion from a year ago in Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Stay In State
Playing The Big 12
Since 2007-08, TCU is averaging 77.1 points per game against Big 12 schools.
Playing Ranked Teams
Baylor checks in at No. 1, while non-conference opponent, Georgia enters the season ranked No. 11. Texas A&M and Oklahoma sit at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively, heading into the season, while West Virginia ranks No. 22. Oklahoma State (24) and Kansas (25) round out the preseason top-25 ranked opponents.
Ranked Teams Beware
TCU has defeated at least one ranked team in nine out of the last 10 seasons. The team has two such wins in three out of the past five years.
Home Sweet Home At DMC
Headlines To Look At
Overall, when the Frogs score 80+ points in regulation, TCU is 78-1 under Mittie. The Frogs are also 179-14 when the opponent scores 60 or less.
Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
Mittie Enters 14th Season
Since his arrival in Fort Worth, Mittie has compiled a 276-140 (.663) record, while exceeding the win total the program accomplished in the first 22 seasons of existence. Mittie's 276 victories account for 57 percent of the school's wins in 35 seasons of basketball.
Overall, Mittie has been a head coach for 20 seasons, compiling a 427-199 (.682) record. He ranks in the top-40 in winning percentage among all active coaches nationally and in the top-25 among head coaches with at least 15 years experience. Mittie also ranks in the top-50 on the NCAA's all-time list in terms of winning percentage by coaches with a minimum of 10 years experience.