The TCU women’s basketball team begins its second full season in the Big 12 on Nov. 9 against Louisiana-Monroe in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Here are a few facts and figures that show where the team stands at the start of the season.
1: Number of seasons TCU basketball has played in the Big 12 Conference. In July 2012, the Frogs joined one of the most competitive basketball conferences in the country.
2: The number of conference games the Horned Frog women’s basketball squad won in 2012-13. The switch to to the Big 12 was difficult for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs in 2012, as both teams struggled to keep up with the pace of their new conference.
4: The Frogs return four starters from last year: Veja Hamilton, Latricia Lovings, Zahna Medley and Natalie Ventress. Standout guard Kamy Cole transferred to SMU.
6: 2013 will see six newcomers join the program, with four freshmen and two transfers rounding out a very talented roster.
9: Number of NCAA tournament appearances for the Frogs, the fifth most among Big 12 schools.
11.3: Junior guard Natalie Ventress averaged 11.3 points per game in 2012, and averaged double-figure scoring in each of her first two seasons at TCU.
15: Jeff Mittie enters his 15th season as the Frogs’ head women’s basketball coach, holding a 436-220 career record. He took over a program that only had four winning seasons in their existence and led the Frogs to winning seasons in 13 of his last 14 years as head coach. He had led the Frogs to 11 consecutive postseason appearances prior to last season.
14: Other than the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Frogs will play 14 games in the state of Texas before facing Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. on Jan. 14, 2014.
19: The Horned Frogs have 19 wins against ranked opponents, all of which have come under head coach Jeff Mittie.
30: The Horned Frogs are guaranteed 30 games during the 2013-2014 season, 17 of which will be home game contests.
988: Zahna Medley led TCU in minutes played last season, racking up 988 minutes through 30 games. She started at guard every game last season, and averaged 12.9 points per game.
109: In 2012, center Latricia Lovings dominated on the defensive side of the court, registering a total of 109 blocked shots through 30 games.
.345: The Frogs shot just .345 from the field in 2012-2013, a stat that will have to improve if the Frogs want to win more games in 2013-14. The Frogs put up an average of 59.7 points per game.
2,432: Over a span of 18 home games last season, the TCU women’s basketball averaged just 2,432 fans per game. That number is almost half of the average number of fans they faced in their away games, which sits at 4,434.