TCU Ready For Battle At UNLV In Las Vegas

Feb. 14, 2012


TCU Horned Frogs (12-12, 5-4 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 423-197 (12-12 Season)
School Record: 272-138 (13th Season)

UNLV (17-8, 5-4 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Kathy Olivier
UNLV Career Record: 44-44 (17-8 season) 

Location: Las Vegas, Nev. • Arena: Cox Pavilion 
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • UNLV - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU lost to Colorado State, 61-59
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Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
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Series Record vs. UNLV:  TCU leads, 15-3
Last Meeting vs. UNLV: Jan. 18, 2012 (L, 57-72)

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will travel to Las Vegas for a pivotal showdown at UNLV on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. CT from Cox Pavilion. The Horned Frogs will be going for their fifth victory out of six tries over the Lady Rebels and haven’t lost a regular-season match-up to UNLV at Cox Pavilion since falling in Las Vegas in 2006.

The Opponent
UNLV comes into Wednesday’s contest with a 17-8 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the Mountain West after falling to San Diego State in its last outing, 77-64. Against the Aztecs, Kelli Thompson scored 20 points, while Jamie Smith added 16 points and seven boards. Thompson has carried the Rebels, who have lost three-straight, so far this season with 12.9 points per game, while Lenita Sanford is also averaging double-figures in points with a 10.8 average, while also tallying 6.9 rebounds a contest. 

The Series
TCU and UNLV will be meeting for the 19th time in program history Wednesday. The Horned Frogs own a 15-3 advantage in the series. Overall, TCU, who has won 11 out of the last 13 in the series, battled to a 71-64 victory at Cox Pavilion last February. 

Wynn Solid At The Charity Stripe
Sophomore Briesha Wynn has been making headway at the free throw line as of late, connecting on 12-straight free throws heading into Wednesday’s game against UNLV. The sophomore hasn’t missed since the first half of TCU’s Feb. 1 game at Wyoming. 

TCU Making Opponents Pay At The Line
During the last two games, TCU has shot 80 percent or better from the line, including 87.5 percent against Colorado State on 14-of-16 shooting. Even more impressive though is that during the second half of those games, the Frogs have shot 90 percent from the line in the second half by going 18-of-20 against San Diego State and 9-of-10 versus Colorado State. Since the beginning of league play, the Frogs have shot 80 percent or better  from the charity stripe during second half action in seven games. 

Getting After It Following Intermission
In the last three games, TCU has forced Colorado State, San Diego State and Wyoming to shoot significantly lower percentage wise in the second half when compared to their first half totals. During that stretch, all three teams have combined to only make 26 shots on 87 attempts during the second frame of play, while none of the three have made a total of 10 field goals in the second half. 

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 six times during the month since 2008-09, including only four times in the last three years. During the last three season’s, TCU is 19-5 in the final month of the regular season. Since joining the Mountain West, the Frogs are 34-12 in the month of February. 

Simply Stifling Defense
TCU held San Diego State to a 0-for-17 shooting night from three-point land last 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 6-2 this season on Saturday’s and have now recorded a total of 21 victories in 31 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 tried everything to catch up to a hot shooting UNLV squad, pulling within eight in the final minutes of the second half, but couldn’t complete the late rally, falling to the Rebels at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, 72-57. The Horned Frogs, who went on a 22-5 run midway through the second half to crawl within single-digits, held UNLV without a bucket from the field for over 7 minutes of action in the middle of the second frame. Freshman Natalie Ventress led the TCU attack with a new career and game-high of 23 points, while senior Antoinette Thompson also scored in double-figures with 13 points.

Frogs Solid After A Loss In Mountain West
TCU is 21-3 all-time in Mountain West games following a conference loss. The only losses during that stretch came last season against Air Force and in 2007 against Wyoming and New Mexico, respectively. Overall, TCU has only lost two-straight MW regular-season games only three times since 2005-06.

Out-Rebounding The Opponent Is Key
TCU out-rebounded Colorado State in its last outing, 30-28. The Frogs are now 6-2 on the year when out-rebounding the opposition. Overall, the Horned Frogs are an impressive 172-35 (.831) during the Jeff Mittie era when out-rebounding an opponent, including 27-6 the last three season’s alone. 

Ventress Continues To Produce
Natalie Ventress, who has scored 20+ points four out of the last eight games, has led TCU in scoring 11 out of the last 15 games, including a 23-point showing against Colorado State. So far this season, the freshman has led the Frogs in scoring 13 times, becoming the first Horned Frog freshman to lead the Purple and White in scoring in 13 games since former Horned Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir carried TCU in eight games during the 2007-08 season.

Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the UNLV 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
In a key Mountain West contest, TCU rallied to pull within one in the second half last Saturday, but Colorado State dodged a last second shot by sophomore Briesha Wynn and escaped with a heartbreaking 61-59 victory at Moby Arena.

With seven seconds remaining in the game and the Frogs trailing by two, sophomore Latricia Lovings rebounded a missed free throw by the Rams’ Hayley Thompson and found Wynn on the outlet. The fellow sophomore proceeded to drive the length of the court and float the rock towards the hoop on a running layup, but the ball bounced off the back of the rim as time expired to give Colorado State its first win in the all-time series since 1999. 

Up Next
TCU will return home to face Boise State on Saturday. Tip-off is set for Noon CT from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum