Despite an up-and-down start to conference play, the TCU women’s basketball (11-6, 2-3 Big 12) hopes to register a big home win on Sunday afternoon over the Texas Longhorns (11-5, 2-2 Big 12).
If the Frogs win on Sunday, head coach Jeff Mittie would only be three away from 300 career wins at TCU. That said, it doesn’t look like it will be an easy win for the Frogs come Sunday afternoon.
Slow starts have been a problem for TCU lately. The Frogs have trailed by a combined score of 82-49 at halftime of the last two games.
Texas, on the other hand, has played in two straight overtime games against conference foes. They won at home last week against Oklahoma (11-6, 2-2 Big 12) and then lost to West Virginia (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday.
The Longhorns are led by forward Nneka Enemkpali. The junior has averaged 13.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season.
Both teams bring stingy defenses to Sunday’s contest, with a slight edge given to Texas. The Longhorns currently hold the Big 12’s second-best scoring defense (55.4 points per game) while the Frogs have the third-best (57.6 points per game).
Texas also currently has the best field goal percentage defense in the conference, according to big12sports.com. They have held opponents to 32 percent shooting from the field so far this season.
The Frogs have lost two straight against Big 12 opponents and never took the lead in either game.
Despite the struggles, TCU has the home court advantage in Sunday’s matchup. The Frogs are 9-1 at home and 1-3 on the road this season.
The last time this TCU team took the court in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, they rattled off an incredible 16-0 run to end a thrilling comeback over the Kansas Jayhawks (8-8, 1-3 Big 12).
The Longhorns have shared in TCU’s struggles on the road, garnering a 1-3 record away from home and losing two straight Big 12 road games.
Sophomore guard Zahna Medley has also emerged as a go-to scoring option on a night in, night out basis for the Frogs. The Springfield, Ill., native is averaging 16.1 points per game this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior center Latricia Lovings has, once again, been nothing short of dominant. She has 61 blocks this season, which is currently the third-highest total in the NCAA.
Lovings currently has the second-most blocks in school history with 251.
The Paschal High School alum also leads the team in rebounding this season, averaging 7.8 per game. She currently ranks seventh in school history with 607 rebounds.
Tip-off for Sunday’s game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The game is expected to be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.