TCU senior guard Zahna Medley spotted up behind the 3-point line with just over eight minutes to go in the third quarter and drilled her 240th career shot from beyond the arc.
While one of many shots from range — a skill that has been a staple of Medley’s game since Day 1 — that 3-pointer tallied her 1,500th career point in TCU’s 69-60 win over Prairie View A&M on Tuesday night, making her the fifth player in TCU women’s basketball history to achieve that milestone.
“It means a lot to me,” Medley said. “Not many people are blessed to have the success that I’ve been able to have, but it’s not been just because of me. It’s been because of my teammates getting me the ball when I’m open.”
Medley is the 45th player in Big 12 women’s basketball history to reach 1,500 points — a list that includes current TCU assistant coach Edwina Brown from her playing days at Texas.
It means a lot to me. Not many people are blessed to have the success that I’ve been able to have, but it’s not been just because of me. It’s been because of my teammates getting me the ball when I’m open.
TCU’s Zahna Medley on scoring 1,500 career points
“It means a lot to share that record,” Medley said. “I have high respect for her. I really look up to her; she’s a great mentor, she’s my position coach. She was an amazing player during her career, so knowing I have her as my coach and that I have kind of been put in the same category as her means a lot. She has helped me to get where I am today.”
The Lady Panthers began the game with an active transition game, jumping to an early 16-9 lead in the first. Prairie View controlled the boards, outrebounding the Horned Frogs 10-8 just minutes into the game.
As the rebounding deficit decreased, so did the score, with TCU regaining the lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.
“I think we tried to settle in and play a little better half-court defense, and that allowed us to be in better rebounding position,” coach Raegan Pebley said.
TCU went on a 24-10 rebounding run that led to a 38-35 halftime lead.
Prairie View pulled within four in the final frame, but a 4-for-6 free-throw performance in the final minute by freshman center Jordan Moore and senior Veja Hamilton was enough to seal the victory.
Hamilton and Medley had 15 points to lead the Frogs, followed by Jada Butts with 12.
“It’s awesome,” Pebley said of Medley’s achievement. “I’m happy for her. I know that’s not what her sole focus is. It’ll be something fun that she will be able to tell her kids.”