Feb. 7, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - Following its thrilling road victory over No. 23 Iowa State, the TCU women's basketball team returns home to play host to Texas Tech at noon on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in a contest televised nationally by FOX Sports Net.
Texas Tech enters Saturday's contest looking for its first Big 12 win of the season with a 6-16 overall record and 0-11 mark in league action.
The Red Raiders have come up just short in two of their last four games, falling in overtime to Iowa State while dropping a 70-62 decision to Kansas on Saturday.
Texas Tech is averaging 60.0 points this season while its opponents have averaged 69.0 points through the opening 22 games.
Tech is shooting 37 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range while the opposition is shooting league bests of 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from long range.
The Red Raiders are grabbing nearly 36 rebounds per game, dropping the battle on the glass by a narrow 3.5 margin.
Junior Amber Battle paces the Red Raiders and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 18.2 points per game, while shooting 44 percent from the field. The super athletic guard also leads the team and ranks eighth in the league in rebounds (7.6 rpg) despite her 5-foot-9 frame.
Redshirt freshman guard Minta Spears has started all 22 games and averages 9.0 points per contest while ranking 12th in the league with 1.5 3-pointers per game.
Six-foot-5 senior center Haley Schneider ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 1.8 blocks per game, while 6-foot-3 senior center Shauntal Nobles places fourth in the conference in offensive rebounds (3.3 rpg).
TCU VS. TEXAS TECH - THE SERIES
The two teams will meet for the 42nd time dating back to the 1980-81 season, as the Red Raiders have won 39 of those meetings.
TCU claimed its first-ever Big 12 road victory earlier this season with a 65-54 win over Texas Tech. The win was just the second for TCU in the series, both of which came in Lubbock.
TCU will look for its first-ever win over Texas Tech in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum in its 17th attempt on Saturday.
LAST TIME OUT
TCU pulled a road upset in its last action on Wednesday night, knocking off 23rd-ranked Iowa State by a score of 61-60 in Ames.
The win marked TCU's first over a ranked opponent in a true road game since knocking off No. 3 California on Dec. 7, 2008.
The Horned Frogs trailed by five at the half but quickly took the lead at the 17:36 mark of the second half with a 9-3 run.
After leading by as many as six points with 14:50 remaining, the Cyclones would answer with an 8-2 run to retake the lead. Over the final 13:57 of the contest, neither team would lead by more than three points.
Iowa State broke a 58-58 tie with 17.7 seconds remaining with a pair of free throws, but junior guard Donielle Breaux knocked down the game-winning 3-pointer with 5.3 seconds remaining.
Junior forward Chelsea Prince led TCU with a career-best 17 points in a career-high 38 minutes of action.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley scored in double figures for the 17th time this season with 16 points, while senior center Latricia Lovings posted eight points, a season-high 14 rebounds and five blocks.
Breaux would finish with nine points, five of which came in the final 50.7 seconds.
The Horned Frogs currently rank 22nd nationally in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 57.5 points per game, while ranking fifth in the country by limiting the opposition to just 34.4 percent shooting from the field.
TCU has held 13 of its 22 opponents this season to 35-percent or under effort from the field and 18 of 22 to under 40 percent. The Horned Frogs have been a terror for opponents in the paint, ranking fourth nationally with 6.4 blocks per contest.
TCU also leads the Big 12 with 9.9 steals per game, as four Horned Frogs rank among the top 12 steal-getters in the league.
LT SAYS NO
Senior Latricia Lovings has developed into one of the top defensive players in the country, currently ranking second nationally with 4.0 blocks per game after finishing last season at No. 3 in the country with 3.6 blocks per contest.
Fans could witness history on Saturday, as Lovings needs one block to tie TCU great Sandora Irvin's school record with her 62nd-straight game with a block.
Lovings has racked up the most blocks in the nation since the start of the 2012-13 season with 196 total rejections, 20 ahead of Iona's Sabrina Jeridore.
With 285 total blocks in her career, Lovings ranks second in program history behind only TCU great Sandora Irvin's 480 swats.
Lovings has actually increased her production against Big 12 opponents, averaging 4.6 blocks in nine contests, including five games of five or more rejections.
Junior guard Natalie Ventress posted nine points in Wednesday's win and needs just 38 more to become the 13th member of TCU's 1,000-point club.
Ventress has been one of the team's most consistent players over the course of the season, scoring eight or more points in each of her last 14 games, while shooting 44 percent (61-of-139) from the field and 38 percent (25-of-65) from 3-point range in that span after shooting just 22 percent from beyond the arc in the first six contests.
The Fort Worth native, who has 73 career starts and has played in 80 of 85 career games, connected on two 3-pointers against West Virginia surpass former TCU standout Adrienne Ross (2003-08) for seventh spot in school history with 131 treys.
Saturday's contest against Texas Tech will be aired nationally on FOX Sports Net with Bob Licht and Brenda VanLengen calling the action. Fans can also listen to the contest on the radio broadcast on KTCU 88.7 with Jeff Williams and Jeff Lewis on the call.
For live updates, fans can follow @tcuwbasketball on Twitter or by viewing GameTracker.
Tickets for Saturday's Big 12 contest against Texas Tech can be purchased for as low as $8 for adults and $5 for youth.
For more information, fans can click here or call 817-257-FROG.