The Sam Houston women’s basketball team travels to Fort Worth Friday with its sights set on earning a road victory over a Big 12 Conference opponent.
The Bearkats take on TCU at 5 p.m. at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Each season since 2009, SHSU head coach Brenda Nichols has taken her team to visit the Horned Frogs but come away with a loss.
Last year’s contest was a close one with TCU fighting off a late Sam Houston charge for a 67-60 win. The Bearkats cut the Purple margin to five points twice in the final three minutes but couldn’t close the deal.
TCU leads the all-time series with Sam Houston 10 victories to four. All four Bearkat wins came between 1985 and 1989.
The Bearkats, now 5-5 for the season, will be out to end a three-game losing streak. After picking up impressive non-conference victories over Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston Baptist, Rice and Missouri-Kansas City, the SHSU women have fallen to Alabama-Birmingham, Wichita State and Texas.
TCU stands 7-3. The Horned Frogs were tabbed to finish eighth in the Big 12 in the league’s preseason coaches’ poll. The Horned Frogs’ losses have come at the hands of No. 16 Purdue, SMU and San Diego State. TCU’s wins include a 60-52 victory over Stephen F. Austin and NCAA Division I wins over Louisiana-Monroe, Texas State, Grambling and Texas-Pan American.
Junior Angela Beadle, the Bearkats’ 6-3 inside leader, ranks fifth in the Southland in scoring (15.8 points) and leads the league in rebounds (9.9 per game). Senior guard Jasmine Johnson also is scoring in double figures with 13.0 points per game.
TCU is led by 5-6 guard Zahna Medley who averages 16.8 points per game and 5-10 forward Natalie Ventress with an 11.4 average. Medley led the Horned Frogs with 21 points in last year’s win over Sam Houston in Fort Worth.
Freshman point guard Taylor Dorsey is averaging 9.1 points per game including 16 points at Kansas City and 14 last Sunday at Texas. Jazmin Wiley and Nyha Carter, the other two members of the Bearkat starting five, are averaging 8.2 and 6.8 points per game, respectively.
Amanda Barnes, Kristina Smith, Maggie Lorenz, Jasmine Robinson, Morgahen Day and Summer Fife all provide help off a Bearkat bench that is adding 15.4 bench points per game to the Bearkats’ effort.
The TCU game will close out the Bearkats’ non-conference schedule. The SHSU women begin Southland Conference action Thursday, January 2, with a 5:30 p.m. tilt at Northwestern State. The Kats’ first home league game will see the Sam Houston women play host to McNeese State at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9.