If beating a cross-town rival isn’t enough motivation for TCU Wednesday night, facing former Horned Frog Kamy Cole’s new team may up the ante even more.
The Frogs (1-0) will face SMU (1-0) for the first time since Cole transferred to play for the Mustangs in the off-season. While she must sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, her transfer to a rival school gained some attention from students like junior computer science major David James.
“It was as if she subtly said that SMU was better than us,” James said.
Cole ranked third for in scoring the Frogs last year with 9.8 points per game and second in three pointers with 57.
Her absence, however, did not seem to have an affect on the team’s play in its season opener Saturday night. Four players scored double-digits en route to an 86-47 thumping of Louisiana-Monroe. Zahna Medley had a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists to lead the way for TCU.
Head coach Jeff Mittie said getting Medley the ball as much as possible has been the plan from the start.
“If we need to ice her arm down after each game, we will,” Mittie said.
Natalie Ventress (12), Latricia Lovings (11), and Donielle Breaux (11) all scored in the double-digits as well.
SMU opened its season with an 87-65 win over Grambling State. Four Mustangs put up ten or more points, and senior point guard Keena Mays led all scorers with 23 points.
SMU Last Year:
Last season the Mustangs (21-10, 12-4) won the regular season C-USA title for the third time and finished the year with a trip to the WNIT. Mays led the team in scoring last season with an average of 18.4 points per game.
Rivalry gone wrong:
The rivalry has been lopsided in favor of the Mustangs. SMU has a 41-16 edge in the series and has won two of the last three games in Dallas. However, the Frogs have won three of the last four, including a 76-70 victory last year in Fort Worth.
Matchup to watch:
Mays and Medley are both the top scorers for their teams this season and will look to continue their efficient scoring Wednesday. Mays shot 40 percent from 3-point range in the opener, while Medley was 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and 8-11 overall.
Horned Frog Klara Bradshaw made her first ever start against Louisiana-Monroe Saturday and is expected to start once again on Wednesday. Bradshaw helped the Frogs with six points and five rebounds as well as adding three blocks in 19 minutes of play. If Medley can receive support in all aspects of the game from depth players, the game will become much easier to manage against not only a rival, but also a strong opponent.
Time and place:
The game will tip off Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center in Dallas.