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Young TCU Team Transitions To Big 12 Play
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TCU will have one of the most inexperienced teams in women's college basketball as the school makes the transition into Big 12 play. There are only two seniors on the roster - guard Whitney Williams and forward Delisa Gross. Four freshmen - guard Zahna Medley, guard Kamy Cole, forward Caitlin Diaz and guard/forward Veja Hamilton - are being counted on to make significant contributions in the playing rotation.

Coach: Jeff Mittie, 276-140 in 13 seasons at TCU; 427-199 overall in 20 years.
Last season: 16-14 overall; 9-5, 3rd in Mountain West Conference.
Post seaon: Did not qualify.

Top players
Sophomore guard Natalie Ventress (13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg), senior guard Whitney Williams (5.4 ppg); junior center Latricia Lovings (5.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg); senior forward Delisa Gross, freshman guard freshman guard Kamy Cole, freshman forward Caitlin Diaz, freshman guard/forward Veja Hamilton, freshman guard Zahna Medley, sophomore guard Donielle Breaux.

Coach Mittie says
"We'll have to develop depth. The league is very physical. The front line across the league has gotten huge. Nine of our 13 are freshmen and sophomores. So every day is a new challenge for them right now, learning to play at a level that's higher. But we'll know a little bit more as we get further into this season how much depth I'm going to be able to develop with this particular team."

Notable
The average age of the TCU roster is 19 years. TCU has three players on its roster that are 18 years old or younger, while six different student-athletes are only 19 years old. ... Since 2001, TCU has participated in 9 NCAA Tournaments. ... TCU won eight of its last 11 regular-season games before losing in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament last season. ... During off-season workouts, the team adopted the motto "Rise Together." ... The two seniors on the TCU roster are familiar with the Big 12. Guard Whitney Williams started her career at Iowa State before transferring and forward Delisa Gross grew up in Waco and played on a state championship team with Cokie Reed of Texas and Mackenzie Robertson of Baylor.

Season opener
Nov. 14 Charlotte

Top nonconference games
Nov. 28 SMU
Dec. 2 Houston
Dec. 8 at Texas A&M
Dec. 19 Georgia

Conference opener
Jan. 2 Baylor

 

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