TCU Heads To Colorado State For Pivotal Showdown

Feb. 9, 2012


TCU Horned Frogs (12-11, 5-3 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 423-196 (12-11 Season)
School Record: 272-137 (13th Season)

Colorado State (10-13, 6-2 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Kristen Holt
Colorado State Career Record: 47-67 (10-13 season)

Location: Fort Collins, Colo. • Arena: Moby Arena 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Colorado State - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated San Diego State, 58-39
Television: CBS Sports Network
Television Talent: Brent Stover (Play-By-Play); Tammy Blackburn (Color)
Live Video: None  
Live Audio: 
Live Stats: (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Twitter Updates:
Series Record vs. Colorado State:  TCU leads, 13-3
Last Meeting vs. Colorado State: Jan. 14, 2012 (W, 79-71)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will continue conference play Saturday with a key showdown at Colorado State. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. CT from Moby Arena. The Horned Frogs, now winners of four out of their last five, will be going for their 14th-straight victory over the Rams and haven’t lost to CSU since 1999. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network, with Brent Stover (Play-By-Play) and Tammy Blackburn (Color) calling the action live from Fort Collins. 

Saturday also marks the CSU’s Pink Zone Day, which is an effort to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The Opponent
Colorado State comes into Saturday’s contest with a 10-13 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Mountain West after downing Air Force in its last outing, 77-39. Against the Falcons, CSU shot 50.9 percent from the floor as Sam Martin led the way with 20 points, while Preseason Conference Player of the Year  Kim Mestdagh tallied 18 points. Mestdagh has carried the Rams, who are 7-3 at home, so far this season with 15.3 points and 5.1 boards, while Martin is also averaging double-figures in points with a 13.6 average, while also tallying 5.9 rebounds a contest. 

The Series
TCU and Colorado State will be meeting for the 17th time in program history Saturday. The Horned Frogs own a 13-3 advantage in the series and haven’t lost to the Rams since 1999. Overall, TCU, who has won 13-straight in the series and won its earlier meeting this year between the two schools by a final score of 79-71, battled to a 61-53 victory away from the friendly confines of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum last February. The Frogs haven’t lost in Fort Collins since 1999. 

February Success
TCU got back to its winning ways during the month of February defeating previous unbeaten San Diego State, 58-39. The Horned Frogs should be in great shape if recent trends hold true this month as the Frogs have only lost five times during the month since 2008-09, including only three times in the last three years. During the last three season’s, TCU is 19-4 in the final month of the regular season. Since joining the Mountain West, the Frogs are 34-11 in the month of February. 

Simply Stifling Defense
TCU held San Diego State to a 0-for-17 shooting night from three-point land this past Saturday, which are the most three-pointers attempted without a make for an opponent against a Jeff Mittie led squad. Those numbers  hold up quite nicely amongst the nation’s best. 

Rutgers - Went 0-of-14 against Top 25 Georgetown.
Marquette - Went 0-of-13 against nationally ranked Green Bay. 
Duke - Went 0-for-12 against Auburn. 
Pitt - Went 0-for-10 against Texas A&M earlier this season. 
Baylor - Went 0-for-10 from behind the line against Texas.
Miami - Went 0-for-10 earlier this year against Georgia Tech. 
Stanford - Held both Texas and UCLA to a 1-of-11 performance.
Ohio State - Held Stony Brook to a 1-of-12 showing. 
UConn - Held Providence to a 1-of-16 shooting performance from three. 
Howard - Went 1-of-18 against Baylor from three-point land. 
Kansas State - Went 2-for-20 against Baylor in conference action.
Stanford - Went 2-of-20 against Washington State in league play.
Yale - Went 2-of-20 from three against Delaware.  
Maryland - Held American to a whopping 2-of-22 from behind the arc.

Saturday Night’s All Right
The Frogs have gone 6-1 this season on Saturday’s and have now recorded a total of 21 victories in 30 games during the last three years. The Horned Frogs all-time best mark on Saturday’s since joining the Mountain West is 9-3 all-time in 2009-10.

First Time Around
TCU simply couldn’t miss against CSU earlier this year, shooting a blistering 50 percent from the field en route to a 79-71 victory at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The Horned Frogs never trailed in the game, thanks in large part to some streaky shooting and all-out hustle that helped the Purple and White record a 33-29 advantage in rebounds.  The Frogs simply could not be stopped from behind the arc during the first half, ripping the nets for a season-high 58.3 percent on 7-of-12 shooting in the opening frame. In all, the Purple and White connected on a season-high 12 three-pointers, which totaled 48 percent for the game. 

Antoinette Thompson did most of the damage from deep, going 3-of-4 from three-point land en route to a 20-point outing on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. Freshman Natalie Ventress was just as dangerous, scoring 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.

Second Half Success
TCU has outscored its first half total for points 14 different times this season, including four out of the last six games. The Frogs, who have won nine games this season and three out of the last four when doing so, have scored 74 more points in the second half of games this winter entering Saturday’s contest. 

When Wynn Scores = WIN
During the past two years, the Horned Frogs have been almost automatic in the win column when Wynn scores double-digit points, going a combined 9-2, with its only losses coming to Texas A&M and UTPA when she scored a previous career-high 14 points in both contests.

NCAA Stats Update
As the Frogs entered this week’s games, TCU ranked in the top 50 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (No. 10 - .340) and blocked shots per game (No. 12 - 6.0). Individually, sophomore Latricia Lovings currently sits No. 34 in the nation in blocks per game (2.2), while Natalie Ventress ranks No. 49 in free throw percentage (.838).

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Colorado State game can follow the game live via Gametracker and radio. To access any of the above, go to the women’s basketball schedule page and click on the respective links located on the right-hand side of the page.

Last Time Out
TCU simply suffocated San Diego State on the defensive end of the court last Saturday afternoon, which helped them cruise past the Aztecs in dominating fashion at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 58-39.

For the entire day, the Horned Frogs’ relentless and scrappy defense hounded the Aztecs into bad shots, which resulted in SDSU shooting a season low 23.4 percent from the field on 15-of-64 shooting. When it was all said-and-done, the Frogs, who drilled San Diego State off the bench to the tune of a 30-11 advantage in bench points, held the Aztecs to a 0-for-17 shooting night from three-point land. 

With the win, TCU, who shot 90 percent from the charity stripe in the second half and went 20-of-24 overall from the line, improved to 12-11 on the season and 5-3 in the Mountain West. San Diego State fell to 17-5 overall and 7-1 in conference play. In all, the Aztecs, who are receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25, came into the game on a 13-game winning streak, which ranked as the fifth longest in the nation heading into today’s contest. They left Daniel-Meyer Coliseum suffering not only their first loss in league play, but also their first since falling to San Diego on Dec. 8. 

Sophomore Briesha Wynn had a breakout game, scoring a new career-high of 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 8-of-8 from the charity stripe, which are also new career-highs.

Up Next
TCU will continue life on the road next week with a pivotal showdown at UNLV on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. CT.