Women’s basketball to face Texas Tech Sunday


After an eight-day break from Big 12 conference play, TCU (7-10) will resume its season on the road against Texas Tech (15-4) on Sunday.

TCU head coach Jeff Mittie said the long break was much needed after a tough 57-54 home loss to Kansas State on Jan. 19. The Frogs have used the break to prepare for two road games.

"The break has been good for us because of the accumulative effect of the tough losses," Mittie said. "Our group took the last loss very hard, as they should have."

TCU, now 0-6 in conference play, will face the challenge of containing Texas Tech's trio of upperclassmen. Guards Chynna Brown and Casey Morris along with forward Kelsi Baker combine for over 30 points per game and have helped the Red Raiders to a 5-2 record in conference play.

Mittie attributes their great play to the experience they have developed playing under Tech head coach Kristy Curry's system for multiple seasons. Mittie said Morris worries him the most due to her ability to hit outside jump shots against TCU's zone defense.

"Morris is a player that can score in a variety of areas," Mittie said. "The strength of them is that you can’t put too much emphasis on one because they all know how to play."

The young Frogs are being led offensively by freshman Zahna Medley (13.5 points per game) and Kamy Cole (10.1 points per game) with sophomore Natalie Ventress contributing double digit points too. 

Last game against Kansas State, Mittie limited Ventress to 17 minutes due to her need to be more patient and to understand that the other team is going to work hard to limit her open looks at the basket.

"I’m not surprised by the fact that the player coming off leading us in scoring last year has been the focus in the first six games of the other team to stop," Mittie said.

Mittie said the young group continues to improve despite a current six-game losing streak.

"For me, when I look at us, it is a positive that we’ve put ourselves in a position to win, but we have to finish those games," Mittie said. "It’s not showing up in the wins and losses, and my challenge as a coach right now is to make sure that they don’t get frustrated with that and that they keep an eye on getting better."

TCU is 1-37 overall against Texas Tech. The Frogs won the most recent matchup in 2008, defeating the Red Raiders in the Women's NIT 81-74 in Lubbock.

Start time for the Sunday contest is set for 12 p.m. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports Net.