November 11, 2011; Athens, GA, USA; TCU Horned Frogs guard Antoinette Thompson (1) dribbles down the court in the second half of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia beat TCU 83-60. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preview: TCU Horned Frogs

Last season was an average season for the TCU Horned Frogs. Their non-conference schedule was mixed with some hard competition and some easy competition. The notable non-conference opponents for TCU last year were #12 Georgia, North Carolina State, #14 Texas A&M, and Oklahoma (all were losses). TCU finished the season with an overall record of 16-14 and a Mountain West Conference record of 9-5, but did not make any postseason tournaments.

One player that TCU will have to do without in 2012-2013 is Antoinette Thompson. Thompson played her last year of eligibility last season. As a starting senior guard, she played in all thirty games, averaging 8.3 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and 2.5 assists per game.

TCU might look to their newest transfer to pick up some slack due to the absence of Thompson. Donielle Breaux transferred to TCU this year from the Kansas Jayhawks. Last season while at Kansas, she averaged 0.7 points per game and 5.7 minutes per game. However, Breaux will not get a chance to make a name for herself until the 2013 portion of this season. This is because of NCAA transfer rules.

Despite losing one starter, the Horned Frogs will have four returning starters this season. Delisa Gross, Latrica Lovings, Natalie Ventress, and Whitney Williams will all be returning this season. These four starters played in all thirty games, but did not start every game.

The seniors of this starting group are Delisa Gross (forward) and Whitney Williams (guard). Gross averaged 4.8 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assists per game while Williams averaged 5.4 points per game, 1.8 rebounds per game, and 3.0 assists per game.

Starting at center for the Horned Frogs will be junior Latrica Lovings. Last season, Lovings averaged 5.2 points per game, 5.6 points per game, and 2.3 blocks per game. She played in all thirty games, but only started in 17 games last year.

The last returning starter for TCU is sophomore guard Natalie Ventress. Ventress averaged 13.4 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game during the 2011-2012 season. It looks like Ventress will need to be the leading scorer for the Horned Frogs this season, but how will her play hold up against consistent Big 12 Conference competition?

TCU will play eleven games this season against non-conference opponents. They will play games against Georgia and Texas A&M just like last year. The Horned Frogs will need to win most of their non-conference games because their conference schedule will be a lot harder than previous years.

This will be TCU’s first season as a part of the Big 12 Conference. Last season, they played two games against Big 12 opponents (Oklahoma and Texas A&M), but lost them both. The Horned Frogs will have many growing pains this season because of the change in the level of competition. It would not be shocking if they finished the season at the bottom of the Big 12 standings.

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