TCU returns to road Thursday at Rice
Dec. 5, 2007
TCU (3-4) at Rice (5-5)
Houston, Texas -- Sharp Gym [at Houston Baptist (1,500)]
Thursday, Dec. 6 -- 7:30 p.m. CST
Radio: 88.7 KTCU-FM, gofrogs.com
Internet: Live Radio via KTCU; Live Stats via All-Access
FORT WORTH--Fresh off a three-game homestand, TCU returns to the road Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with Rice in Houston, Texas. Due to renovations of the Owls' Autry Court, the game will be held at Sharp Gym on the campus of Houston Baptist.
Thursday's meeting will mark the 49th all-time between the former Southwest Conference rivals, marking the second-oldest series in TCU's program history. The Lady Frogs trail in the series, 20-28, despite having won the last five matchups dating back to the 1999-2000 season. Each of the last four wins has been by at least 14 points.
The Frogs will look to earn their first victory of the season against an old SWC foe, as they have dropped decisions to SMU and Texas A&M already this season.
Today's game can be heard live on the radio in the Metroplex on 88.7 KTCU-FM with Jeff Williams (play-by-play) calling the action. All games this season, home and away, will be broadcast live on KTCU. Live statistics also will be available on GoFrogs.com via GameTracker.
Frog Quick Notes
-The Lady Frogs won their last meeting with Rice, 81-67, last November for their fifth straight win in the series. Prior to the current streak, TCU had dropped 18 straight decisions to the Owls.
-The Frogs are 7-2 in their last nine games against teams from the state of Texas.
-The Frogs lead the Mountain West Conference in offensive rebounds (17.57 pg).
-Moneka Knight is only three assists shy of the No. 8 spot on TCU's all-time chart, currently held by assistant coach Tricia Payne (261).
-Lorie Butler-Rayford needs only three points for 700 in her career.
-Helena Sverrisdottir is one of only four players to appear in the MWC statistical rankings for scoring (29th), rebounding (20th) and assists (T-5th). She ranks 29th nationally in assist-turnover ratio (2.22).
Scouting Rice (5-5)
Head Coach Greg Williams, in his third year at Rice, returns only two starters from last season's team that advanced to the WNIT while posting the Owls' 11th consecutive winning season. Forward Valeriy Berezhynska and point guard Kadie Riverin both scored in double-figures a season ago with respective averages of 12.2 and 11.0 points per game.
Berezhynska has started the 2007-08 season strong, averaging 17.8 points through nine games, while she also leads Rice's efforts on the glass with an 8.8 rebounding average. Guard Maudess Fulton owns averages of 13.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg, while Riverin paces the team in assists (3.3 apg) while chipping in 10.9 ppg.
Younger Standing Tall vs. Top Teams
Not only did Younger match a then-career high with eight points in only 17 minutes of action against LSU, she also played solid defense against Lady Tiger All-American Sylvia Fowles. She helped TCU limit Fowles to 16 points and only six boards, both of which are below her current season averages.
Younger blew up against Texas A&M to the tune of 21 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. She hit 9-of-10 shots from the floor and surpassed her previous scoring high in the game's first 12:07. Younger's single-game shooting percentage ranks second for an MWC player this season.