WVU Tips With TCU Tuesday


WOMEN'S HOOP BLOG
By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
January 14, 2013 02:34 PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will tip off with TCU at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the WVU Coliseum.

The Mountaineers are coming off a 66-52 win at Kansas State on Saturday and are currently 10-5 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 Conference play. Like WVU, the Horned Frogs are the only other newly added member to the Big 12 this season and are currently 7-8 overall and still looking for their first league win at 0-4.

TCU has a pair of players averaging numbers in double figures in true freshman Zahna Medley and sophomore guard Natalie Ventress with 13.3 and 12.9 points per game, respectively. Freshman guard Kamy Cole, who earned her first Big 12 start in the last outing with Iowa State, rounds out the top three scorers with 9.9 points per game.

The Mountaineers continue to lead the league in holding opponents to only 25.1 percent from 3-point range, while TCU is third in the league with 7.7 threes per game. Medley helps TCU in the 3-point shooting as she leads the team with 44 3-pointers this season, collecting 2.9 threes per game. Behind Medley, Cole and Ventress also are shooters from beyond the arc with 29 and 24 3-pointers, respectively.

Junior center Latricia Lovings leads the Horned Frogs in rebounding with 10.1 boards per game, which ties for the second-highest average in the league this season. Lovings also helps TCU to the third-highest blocked shots average (5.2 per game) in the league as she has blocked 52 shots this season, averaging 3.5 a game to lead the league in the category.

The Horned Frogs will capitalize when put at the free throw line, making 74.6 percent, the third-highest free throw percentage in the Big 12. Ventress has been put to the test at the free throw line the most this season as she has hit 87.9 percent of her attempts (58-66), the second-highest percentage in the league.

WVU is coming off a 14-point win over Kansas State, its largest scoring margin in conference play this season. Prior to K-State, WVU had closed out each of its first three Big 12 games by four points or less.

In Big 12 play this season, three Mountaineers continue to trade off the leadership role when it comes to scoring. Junior guard Taylor Palmer opened the season leading WVU in the first two games, first with a 30-point effort at Oklahoma, followed by a 24-point game against Kansas. Senior Ayana Dunning led against Texas with 19 points and junior Christal Caldwell closed out the week with a 19-point performance against Kansas State. The three leading scorers combine for 67 percent (164/246) of WVU’s scoring in conference play.

Tuesday’s game is the third game in the all-time series with the Mountaineers holding a 2-0 series advantage over the Horned Frogs. Mike Carey is 1-0 against TCU as the last time the teams met, WVU took a 73-61 win from TCU in the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of the Paradise Jam Tournament on Nov. 25, 2012. The win over TCU was the first of three consecutive wins, en route to becoming the Paradise Jam Island Division Champions.

Tickets are on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office at WVUGAME.com and 1-800-WVU GAME. The women’s basketball flex plan package is also on sale for just $20. The flex plan package includes 10 tickets to redeem at the game of your choice.

The game will be broadcast live on Root Sports Pittsburgh in West Virginia and fans can listen to the game live on WAJR. Live stats and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.
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