TCU Returns Home For Wyoming And Senior Night
Feb. 27, 2012
GAME DAY INFORMATION
TCU Horned Frogs (15-13, 8-5 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie
Career Record: 426-198 (15-13 Season)
School Record: 275-139 (14th Season)
Wyoming (11-15, 7-6 Mountain West)
Head Coach: Joe Legerski
Wyoming Career Record: 171-105 (11-15 season)
Location: Fort Worth, Texas • Arena: Daniel-Meyer Coliseum
Rankings: TCU - NR/NR • Wyoming - NR/NR
Last Time Out: TCU defeated New Mexico, 63-52
Television: The Mtn.
Television Talent: Ann Schatz (Play-By-Play); Andrea Lloyd (Color)
Live Video: None
Live Audio: http://gofrogs.cstv.com/allaccess
Live Stats: GoFrogs.com (Gametracker)
Radio: KTCU (88.7 FM) Jeff Williams (Play-By-Play); Jeff Lewis (Color)
Twitter Updates: http://twitter.com/TCUWbasketball
Series Record vs. Wyoming: TCU leads, 10-7
Last Meeting vs. Wyoming: Feb. 1, 2012 (L, 54-64)
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will close its regular season Tuesday when it takes on Wyoming. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and will mark the final home game of Horned Frog senior Antoinette Thompson. The Frogs, now winners of three-straight, will be going for their fourth victory in five tries over the Cowgirls. Tuesday’s game will be shown live on The Mtn., with Ann Schatz (Play-By-Play) and Andrea Lloyd (Color) calling the action live from the DMC.
Wyoming comes into Tuesday’s contest with a 11-15 overall record and a 7-6 mark in the Mountain West after falling to Boise State in its last outing, 61-53. Against the Broncos, junior Chaundra Sewell led the Cowgirls with a 27-point, 15 rebound outing. Sewell has led the way for the Cowgirls this season, averaging 13.8 points per game, while Kayla Woodward is having a solid freshman campaign with 12.1 points per game and 5.5 boards.
TCU and Wyoming will be meeting for the 18th time in program history Tuesday. TCU currently leads the all-time series at 10-7 and have won three out of the last four heading into Tuesday. Overall, TCU, who has won five out of the last seven in the series, closed out last season with a 65-54 decision at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
The Final Chapter
Tuesday night’s game will mark the final home game for senior and four-year starter Antoinette Thompson. A defensive specialist early in her career, Thompson has scored 20 points twice this season, including a career-high 23 earlier this year at nationally ranked Georgia. The Fort Worth native was recently named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American and has played in post-season every year she has been a Frog, including two NCAA Tournament appearances. She has won a total of 79 games during her time at TCU, which ranks No. 7 all-time in four-year win totals. Thompson, who has scored in double-figures 10 times this season, was also a key component in the program’s first Mountain West Conference Regular Season Championship in 2009-10.
Breaking Down The Conference Tournament
With only one game remaining in the regular-season and March Madness approaching, below is the possible schedule scenarios for the upcoming Mountain West Tournament. With a win on Tuesday, the Frogs would claim the No. 4 seed, while Wyoming would move to the fifth seed. The two teams would flip-flop if the Cowgirls can pull off their first win at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum since 2007 Tuesday night. No matter what the outcome of Tuesday’s game is, TCU is guaranteed to play Wyoming in the quarterfinals at 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, March 7, with the winner moving on to face either San Diego State or Air Force.
Quarterfinals Schedule - Wednesday, March 7 (all times are CT and on The Mtn.):
2:00 p.m. - #1 San Diego State vs. #8 Air Force
4:30 p.m. - #4 seed (TCU or Wyoming) vs. #5 seed (TCU or Wyoming)
8:00 p.m. - #2 seed (UNLV or Colorado State) vs. #7 New Mexico
10:30 p.m. - #3 seed (UNLV or Colorado State) vs. #6 Boise State
A Quick Note On Ventress
The conferences leading scorer through Feb. 25, averaging 17.5 points per game, Natalie Ventress is on pace to break the all-time freshman mark in Mountain West history for points per game average, overtaking Kim Smith of Utah, who averaged 17.4 in 2002-03.
Horned Frogs Outstanding On Defense
TCU held Air Force to only 17.3 percent from the floor in their last home outing, which currently sits No. 3 all-time in school history for lowest field goal percentage by a team in a single-game. For the year, the Frogs have posted some stifling defensive numbers, which has helped them rewrite the record books numerous times.
• UTSA - 13.3 % (No. 2 all-time in lowest field goal percentage by an opponent)
• Air Force - 17.3 % (No. 3 all-time in lowest field goal percentage by an opponent)
• Houston - 19.1 % (No. 4 all-time in lowest field goal percentage by an opponent)
Getting After It Following Intermission
In five out of the last seven games, TCU has forced New Mexico, UNLV, 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 seven teams have combined to only make 67 shots on 2000 attempts during the second frame of play, while only New Mexico, UNLV and Boise State has made a total of 10 field goals in the second half.
The Horned Frogs have only lost seven times during the month of February since 2008-09, including only five times in the last three years. During the last three season’s, TCU is 22-6 in the final month of the regular season. Since joining the Mountain West, the Frogs are 37-13 in the month of February.
First Time Around
Earlier this year, TCU saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with a 64-54 setback to Wyoming at the Cowgirls Arena Auditorium. Freshman Natalie Ventress led TCU with 18 points, while Whitney Williams was the only other Frog in double-figures with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
In a game that saw eight lead changes, TCU, who outscored the Cowgirls off the bench 17-4, battled all night in front of a rowdy crowd of 3,293, pulling with seven late in the game, but the Frogs couldn’t quite get over the hump as Wyoming won for only the second time in five tries against the Purple and White.
Second Half Success
TCU has outscored its first half total for points 18 different times this season, including eight out of the last 11 games. The Frogs, who have won 11 games this season and five out of the last nine when doing so, have scored 167 more points in the second half of games this winter entering Tuesday’s contest.
Stepping Up Intensity
During the last 13 games, the Frogs, who have forced 190 turnovers in the last 10 games combined, have turned up their defensive pressure. During MWC play, opponents have shot 40 percent or lower in seven out of the last 13 games, including six out of the last 10.
Even more impressive is the fact that during the Horned Frogs last 10 outings, TCU has shutdown teams from deep. The Frogs forced the 10 teams to go a combined 42-of-147 (.286) from behind the arc.
Ventress Continues To Produce
Natalie Ventress, who has scored 20+ points six out of the last 12 games, has led TCU in scoring 15 out of the last 19 games, including a 23-point showing against Boise State. So far this season, the freshman has led the Frogs in scoring 17 times, becoming the first Horned Frog freshman to lead the Purple and White in scoring in 17 games since former Horned Frog and current professional Helena Sverrisdottir carried TCU in eight games during the 2007-08 season.
Holding Their Own
TCU held UNM without a three-pointer in the second half, marking the sixth time in 11 games in which the Frogs have held an opponent without a three in a single-half. Even more impressive is that going into Tuesday’s contest, six different opponents in the last 10 home games have left Daniel-Meyer Coliseum without a single three in a half. The Frogs are now 8-1 this season when accomplishing that feat, having done so at Houston earlier this year as well. In the past two seasons, TCU has now held 12 different opponents to no triples during a half of play, with its only losses in that stretch coming to West Virginia and Harvard.
The Bench Play Is Key For Horned Frogs
In 13 of TCU’s 15 victories this season, the Frogs have outscored their opponent off the bench a combined, 383-177. Overall, TCU has outscored its opponent off the bench in every game except NC State (24-27), Georgia (6-29), Oklahoma (11-26), UTPA (26-10), SDSU (13-13), CSU (7-7) and Boise State (10-2).
Getting It Down Low Means Success
In 11 of TCU’s 15 victories this season, the Frogs have outscored their opponent in the paint, including against Air Force, 26-6. When the Purple and White haven’t outscored the opposition down low, TCU is 3-10. The two games in which TCU has outscored its opponent, but lost is UTPA and Wyoming. The Frogs outscored the Broncs, 30-18 and totaled an 18-14 advantage against the Cowgirls.
In seven of the Frogs’ 15 victories either Latricia Lovings or Ashley Colbert has scored in double-figures. Lovings scored 10 points against both UTSA and Fordham, while Colbert dropped 10 on Houston and 11 against TSU, Air Force and New Mexico, respectively. Both players scored in double-figures against Boise, with Lovings going for 14 and Colbert adding 13. Only one time this season has one scored in double-figures and the Frogs lost (NC State - Colbert: 16 points).
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. 17 - .347) and blocked shots per game (No. 6 - 6.0). Individually, sophomore Latricia Lovings currently sits No. 28 in the nation in blocks per game (2.2), while Natalie Ventress ranks No. 45 in free throw percentage (.833).
Follow The Frogs
Fans not able to attend the Wyoming 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 had three players score in double-figures Saturday as the Horned Frogs came alive down the stretch of the second half to capture a 63-52 victory over New Mexico at the historic Pit.
The Frogs, who trailed by as many as 10 in the second half, battled the Lobos all day with all-out hustle and determination before eventually going on a 15-4 run to put the game on ice and quiet the crowd of 7,333 strong in Albuquerque. With the victory, TCU won for only the third time ever at The Pit and has now won four-straight in the all-time series, including back-to-back in Albuquerque.
The young and pesky Frogs, who out-rebounded the Lobos Saturday, simply found a way to win as several players made solid contributions late, which helped the Frogs record a 29-13 advantage in bench points Saturday. In all, TCU shot 43.5 percent from the field in the second half, while limiting UNM, who didn’t make a single three in the period on eight attempts, to under 34 percent during the period.
Natalie Ventress had another solid day as she scored a game-high 18 points and came up one-board shy of her first career double-double, tallying a team and career-high nine rebounds. The freshman also posted two blocks and one steal Saturday. For a second-straight game, Meagan Henson, who once again made big plays down the stretch for the Frogs, posted double-figures in scoring, chipping in with a new career-high 13 points.
TCU will open the Mountain West Tournament on Wednesday, March 7 against Wyoming. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. CT and will be shown live on The Mtn.