TCU Opens against Charlotte Wednesday
Nov. 12, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open its 2012-13 season Wednesday night with a home game against Charlotte. The Horned Frogs and 49ers will battle for only the seventh time in program history, but the two teams haven't met since 2005.
The Frogs are 2-1 all-time at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum against Charlotte and have won four-straight in the series.
UNC-Charlotte was recently picked to place third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, including one first-place vote. Senior Jennifer Hailey was tabbed a preseason first team all-conference selection, while also earning all-defensive team honors.
In its game last Saturday, Charlotte cruised to an 80-31 season-opening victory over North Carolina Central. Amanda Dowe led three Niners in double-figures with 12 points. Joining her in double-digit scoring was Hailey, who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards and Jai Forney with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Freshman Starters In Season Opener
A Prelude Of Things To Come
Opening A Season Strong
In the Big 12, TCU ranks second behind Texas amongst the most inexperienced teams 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.
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
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
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.
TCU owns 17 victories all-time against ranked opponents, each of which has come in Jeff Mittie's 13-season tenure.
TCU has notched at least one win over a ranked team away from Fort Worth in five of the last eight seasons.
Three of the four victories over top-5 teams in program history have come in the last four seasons (vs. No. 10/5 Texas A&M in 2009-10; vs. No. 3/5 Maryland, at No. 3/3 Cal in 2008-09).
Home Sweet Home At The DMC
TCU is 74-12 (.860) in its last 86 games overall held at the DMC and 171-37 (.822) since Jeff Mittie's arrival on campus prior to the 1999-2000 campaign.
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 AT TCU
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.