Point guard Zahna Medley knows that all the work the TCU women’s basketball team has done this offseason can only mean good things for the Frogs.
Last year the team finished 18-15 overall and 8-10 in conference play. They finished seventh in the Big XII standings, earning a post season berth in the form of the WNIT, a major improvement from the 2012-2013 season where they won just two games in TCU’s inaugural year in the Big XII.
Medley was a major part of their success. During her sophomore season she earned All-Big 12 First-Team honors after averaging 17.1 points per game. Known for her accuracy behind the 3-point line, she posted the second-most 3-pointers (80) and the third-most points (564) in a season in TCU history, according to the TCU Athletics official website.
Medley said she believes she has an advantage offensively over other Big XII point guards because of her numerous strengths.
“I think my ability to score from three and get to the rim keeps teams on their toes. They don’t know how to guard me coming off screens, because I have the ability do both,” Medley said
Medley said while she thinks she brings some strengths to the team, she isn’t satisfied with what she’s accomplished in her collegiate career thus far.
“I want to continue to do what I’ve done, but make more shots and shoot a better field goal percentage. Also having a positive assist-to-turnover ratio since I’m a point guard is something I want to accomplish,” said Medley.
Despite a preseason schedule that includes challenges in games against Georgia, Texas A&M, Colorado State, Colorado, and Missouri State, the Horned Frogs are projected to close Big XII play with a favorable record.
The only significant loss in their lineup comes from center Latricia Lovings’ loss of eligibility. Lovings had been the anchor of TCU’s nationally ranked defense during the four years she played for the Frogs.
After finishing seventh in the Big XII last year, and being picked to finish in the same place this season in the preseason poll, Medley says the team has a bit of a chip on their shoulder.
“I think we should be ranked higher, but we just have to come out and prove everyone wrong. Our actions will speaker louder than my words can,” she said.
The Horned Frogs will have a chance to prove themselves once Big XII play kicks off January 4 against Texas Tech in Lubbock.