TCU welcomes ISU in final home game


    The university women's basketball team has two games left to build up some momentum before entering the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament March 8 in its inaugural season.

    There are few bigger confidence boosters than knocking off an Iowa State Cyclones' (20-6 overall, 11-5 Big 12) team who is second in the Big 12 standings behind Baylor. 

    TCU (8-19 overall, 1-15 Big 12) comes into the Saturday matchup losing two of its last three contests despite productive scoring from guard Kamy Cole. The freshman is averaging 12.3 points per game over the three game span.

    This matchup will also be the final home game for seniors Delisa Gross and Whitney Williams. Gross, a 6-foot-2-inch forward from Waco, has started 55 games and averages 6.1 points per game.

    Williams, a 5-foot-7-inch guard who transferred to TCU from Iowa State after the 2009-10 season, has started 22 contests for coach Jeff Mittie. The Fort Worth native shot 30 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 5.4 points with the Frogs.

    The Frogs traveled to Ames, Iowa, earlier this season on Jan. 12, which resulted in a matchup won by the Cyclones 68-52. Eleven of the 12 Horned Frog players who played netted points for Mittie's squad. Freshman Zahna Medley led the Frogs with 11 points.

    The Frogs 2-3 zone defense will try to slow down the conference's fifth leading scorer junior Hallie Christofferson who averages 15.9 points per game. Christofferson has been key in helping the Cyclones win six of their last seven games since the beginning of February.

    The best player on the court in the Jan. 12 matchup was senior Chelsea Poppens. The forward scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

    Saturday will be the fourth meeting (all won by ISU) ever between Iowa State and TCU. Before this season, the two teams last met Nov. 26, 2010, at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Iowa State won 64-59. 

    Tip-off from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.