|Sophomore guard Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring in the last two games and is this season's scoring leader.
|Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 13/16 West Virginia women’s basketball team will face TCU at 1 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 16, in a Play4Kay game presented by WVU Healthcare. For a free printable ticket, visit WVUsports.com/pink.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness with the first 5,000 fans to the Coliseum receiving pink rally towels courtesy of WVU Healthcare. Also, the first 2,000 fans will get pink glowsticks from Coke Zero. In addition, Coke Zero will also donate $1 to the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center for every Coca-Cola bottled product purchased during the game up to $2,500. Gates will open at noon.
The Mountaineers are on a four-game win streak and are currently 21-3 overall and 10-2 in Big 12 play, holding onto the second place position. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes led WVU in scoring in the last two games and is the season’s scoring leader with 14.6 points per game.
In its last outing, WVU defeated Oklahoma 76-75 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday. Holmes led all players with 19 points, but junior forward Averee Fields, who had 12 points in the outing, recorded the go-ahead bucket with an assist from Holmes for the final lead with only 13 seconds remaining. The win helped WVU sweep the regular-season home-and-home series with the Sooners.
On Feb. 1 this season, WVU defeated TCU 66-62 at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Senior guard Taylor Palmer
was instrumental in helping WVU to a comeback win, recording all 14 of her points in the final 6:35. WVU leads 5-0 in the all-time series with the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs are currently 14-10 overall and 5-7 in Big 12 play. TCU is coming off a 62-53 loss at Kansas on Feb. 12.
The Horned Frogs are led in scoring by Zahna Medley with 16.2 points per game. Medley leads TCU with 50 threes made, has dished out the most assists (92) and grabbed 34 steals. The guard is sent to the free throw line the most (94 attempts) and has recorded 77 free throws, shooting 81.9 percent from the charity stripe.
Natalie Ventress is TCU’s second-leading scorer with 11.4 points per game and holds the highest free throw percentage for the Horned Frogs, making 82.1 percent (32-39). Ventress is also TCU’s second-leading rebounder with 4.6 boards per game. Behind Medley, Ventress has made 34 threes and Donielle Breaux adds another 22 threes this season.
Latricia Lovings leads TCU’s rebounding efforts with 8.0 rebounds per game. In their last game at Kansas, Medley had a 20-point outing, while Chelsea Prince and Ventress each chipped in 10 points, but the Horned Frogs only shot 29.4 percent (20-60) from the field, and were limited to only three 3-pointers. As a team, TCU averages 64.0 points, 38.3 rebounds and 14.7 free throws per game.
Sunday’s game will air live with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane and Meg Bulger on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.