Mittie filling roster with elite talent

The TCU women's basketball team overcame a nine point second half deficit to knock off 22nd ranked Oklahoma State Wednesday night.

Jeff Mittie is not used to losing. For a coach with a near .700 career winning percentage, entering the Big 12 conference with a team that starts three freshmen and a sophomore has led to long nights and frustrating outcomes on the court.

Mittie said he felt relief when his team had secured its first Big 12 win against Oklahoma State who had been ranked in the top 25 before the game.

"We will let them enjoy this one. It has been such a long ride, but the last thing we left with was to enjoy it and then get ready for Saturday. Our preparation will start tonight," Jeff Mittie said. "That is just the grind. You don't change, win or lose. Your preparation has to be exactly the same, it is the consistency of what we do."

However Jeff Mittie can rest easy knowing that he has completed two of his best recruiting classes ever over the last two years.

Freshman Zahna Medley has taken the Big 12 by storm this year. The Illinois native leads TCU with 13 points per game while knocking down 67 three pointers already on the season.

Freshman Kamy Cole has been nearly as good. Cole averages 9.6 points per game which ranks third on the team behind Medley and sophomore Natalie Ventress.

After last night's win, senior Delisa Gross acknowledged how bright the future is for the young team. "We are a young team. We have a freshmen point guard who is playing phenomenal. I think this win shows this young team that it can compete in the Big 12 and will continue to compete in the Big 12 for years to come," Gross said.

And more help is on the way for Jeff Mittie.

All five of his signees for 2013 were McDonalds All-American nominees.

The best of the crop is Bellaire, Texas point guard A.J. Alix. Alix is a 5'6 guard who is ranked by all recruiting services as a top 50 player.

Alix' offensive game is as well-rounded as they come. She has range out to the three-point line and also an explosive first step toward the basket.

Alix will afford Mittie the opportunity to play Zahna Medley at the shooting guard position, creating a dynamic backcourt that can score and create open shots for their opponent.

Mittie has also signed three players over six feet tall, including a 6'6 post player, Klara Bradshaw, who could develop into a solid low post option for TCU after current junior Latricia Lovings graduates.

Jeff Mittie's Horned Frogs will jump up the Big 12 standings sooner rather than later.

But for now, Mittie is focused on how to use the win over Oklahoma State as a platform for future success.

Unlike the men's team, the women have been in almost all Big 12 games. They blew a 22 point halftime lead against Kansas, and they have failed to finish off several other wins.

But the wins will come as Mittie builds one of the most talented rosters in the Big 12 conference.

Below: Video of Jeff Mittie to the media post-game:


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