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February 22, 2013

TCU (women) Ready For West Virginia Saturday

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TCU (women) Ready For West Virginia Saturday

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. CT in Fort Worth.

FORT WORTH, Texas - Fresh off a 64-63 upset victory over No. 22 Oklahoma State, TCU will look to continue its winning ways in league play Saturday against West Virginia, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Saturday’s contest will mark the fourth meeting between the Frogs and Mountaineers in program history. In all, the two programs have never met in Fort Worth.

The Opponent

West Virginia, who is receiving votes in both national polls, brings a 15-10 overall record and 7-7 conference mark into Saturday’s showdown after defeating No. 23 Iowa State in Ames, 68-66. Against the Cyclones, WVU trailed 27-22 at intermission, but shot a blistering 68 percent from the field in the closing half to capture their seventh conference victory. Individually, Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers, who lead the conference in steals and offensive rebounding in league play, with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-10 from the field, while Ayana Dunning chipped in with 13 points.

On the season, junior Chistal Caldwell has carried the load for West Virginia, averaging 13.3 points per game, while Dunning has added 10 points a contest and 6.3 rebounds per game. During league play, Caldwell has increased her scoring average to 14.6 points per game.

The Series

TCU and West Virginia will meet for only the fourth time in program history Saturday. Prior to last months 58-50 setback in Morgantown, the Horned Frogs last played the Mountaineers in 2010 at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. In 2010, No. 21 TCU dropped a physical back-and-fourth 62-49 contest to No. 10 West Virginia. In the only other meeting, the Frogs fell 73-61 in 1989 at the Lady Deacon Classic in North Carolina.

Another Ranked Team Goes Down

TCU defeated No. 22/23 Oklahoma State Wednesday night, 64-63. With the victory, the Frogs have now defeated at least one ranked team in 10 out of the last 11 seasons. TCU also now owns 18 victories all-time against ranked opponents, each of which has come in Jeff Mittie’s tenure.

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