WVU to Meet with TCU Saturday

  • By Katie Kane
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  • February 22, 2013 11:25 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will meet with TCU for an 8 p.m., matchup on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

TCU put a stop to a 13-game losing skid as it defeated Oklahoma State 64-63 on Wednesday for its first Big 12 Conference win. TCU used a 13-3 run in the second half, with four players in double figures to capture its first conference win.

The Horned Frogs are 8-17 overall and 1-13 in Big 12 play. TCU has two players scoring in double figures, led by Zahna Medley with 13.0 points per game and 11.9 points per league game. Natalie Ventress averages 11.6 points per game and 9.8 points per league outing, while Kamy Cole rounds out the top three scorers with 9.6 points per game.

The top three scorers combine for 152 of the team’s 183 (83%) total 3-pointers this season with each shooting 30 percent or better from beyond the arc. Medley has recorded the most threes this season with 67, while Cole and Ventress add 45 and 40, respectively. As a team, TCU averages 7.3 3-pointers per game.

TCU is also strong in guarding the three ball, holding teams to only 30.6 percent from beyond the arc in league play, the third-lowest percentage of all league teams, just behind WVU’s 29.1 percent it limits opponents.
In addition to scoring, Medley also directs the floor as she has recorded 102 assists in all games this season and 65 assists in league play.

Medley dished out as many as 13 assists against Oklahoma on Jan. 9, matching Nikki Moody from Iowa State for the most assists in a league game this season.

Latricia Lovings leads TCU in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game and 8.6 rebounds per league game. Lovings is also the team’s blocked shots leader with 87 blocks this season, 42 in league play, helping the Horned Frogs to 3.8 blocked shots per Big 12 game, the fourth-highest average of all league teams. Lovings’ blocks 3.2 shots per league outing, the second-highest blocked shot average in the Big 12 behind Brittney Griner.

Prior to Oklahoma State, the closest TCU came to winning a league game was a 76-75 decision at home to Kansas on Feb. 13, when Medley had a 35-point outing, including seven 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws.

The Mountaineers are 15-10 overall and 7-7 in Big 12 play, holding a 3-0 all-time series advantage over the Horned Frogs. In the last outing, WVU defeated TCU 58-50 on Jan. 15 at the WVU Coliseum.

WVU is coming off a 68-66 win over No. 24/23 Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 17. Junior Christal Caldwell remains as the Mountaineers’ scoring leader with 13.3 points per game and 14.6 points per Big 12 game. Senior Ayana Dunning averages 10.0 points per game and Taylor Palmer rounds out the top three with 9.8 points per game. Bria Holmes recorded a career-best 18 points in WVU’s last outing, moving up as the Mountaineers’ leading scorer off the bench with 6.0 points per game.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on WAJR with Travis Jones on the call. Live stats and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.