As the Big 12 conference slate reaches its halfway point, the TCU women’s basketball team has taken the shape new coach Raegan Pebley designed when she took the job during the off-season.
Defense is the focal point of her system, forcing turnover points from an aggressive press with five, position-less players.
On Wednesday, the Horned Frogs get a look at a blast from the recent past as they take on former TCU coach Jeff Mittie and his new squad, the Kansas State Wildcats.
Mittie left his post in Fort Worth after 15 seasons and a record of 303-175 prior to TCU’s opening-round game in the WNIT last season.
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With family in Kansas, it was the perfect situation for him, Mittie said at the time.
“It’s a unique opportunity in the coaching world to go back where your wife is from and to go back where my brother and sister and their families and my parents are at and also have an entire athletic program that you’ve watched and you feel can go on to great things,” Mittie said.
Mittie and the Wildcats enter Wednesday’s contest on a hot streak, winning three of their last four games. Kansas State (14-8, 4-7) stands in a five-way tie for fifth place in the Big 12.
The Wildcats are paced offensively by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis, who averages 11.2 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field.
Kansas State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 53.7 points per game while ripping a conference-best 11.7 steals per game.
The Horned Frogs (14-8, 6-5) are led by Zahna Medley, who averages 15.4 points to rank fourth in the conference.
TCU holds a 3-2 lead in the all-time series.
TCU at Kansas St.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.
TV: Fox College Sports
Records: TCU 14-8, 6-5 Big 12; Kansas St. 14-8, 4-7