Medley leads TCU women in season-opening rout of UL-Monroe

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TCU point guard Zahna Medley showed why she was given a preseason All-Big 12 distinction in the Horned Frogs’ season opening 86-47 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

The sophomore picked up right where she left off from her freshman campaign, notching 24 points, 10 assists and five steals to lead four Frogs in double figures.

“Coming in from my freshman season, I knew I had to get better and improve,” Medley said. “I need to make every open shot; the easiest shot is an open shot.”

Her shot was going down easy early on. The first of Medley’s five 3-pointers went down with 14:40 remaining in the first half and gave the Frogs a 13-7 lead. A minute and a half later, her first steal of the night led to a fast-break layup by Donielle Breaux and put TCU up 17-7.

Breaux chipped in 11 points.

“We started getting more tips and deflections, taking better angles,” TCU coach Jeff Mittie said of his team’s defense. “I liked our look in transition. That’s been a big emphasis for us to get better.”

The Horned Frogs’ 2-3 zone defense forced 25 Monroe turnovers, while TCU used the extra possessions and fast-break opportunities to go into the locker room with a 47-28 lead.

And TCU (1-0) closed out the half on a high note. Junior guard Natalie Ventress took a steal coast-to-coast for a layup to put the Frogs up 41-25 with 1:50 to play in the half. Then Medley scored six points in the final 1:20 before halftime to continue what was a 15-5 run.

Ventress added 12 points and four rebounds. Power forward Latricia Lovings did solid work in the paint for 11 points.

Lovings was playing her first game at the position as 6-6 freshman center Klara Bradshaw made her debut with six points, five rebounds and three blocks.

“Working with someone bigger than me takes a lot of pressure off me,” Lovings said. “I love playing with [Bradshaw]. She’s a great player, and she’s working hard every day.”

Forward Ashleigh Simmons led the Warhawks (0-1) with 11 points.

TCU travels to face rival SMU on Wednesday.

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