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Missouri State at Mean Green

DENTON – North Texas women's basketball returns to The Super Pit after nearly three weeks of road contests to host Missouri State Saturday at 1 p.m.
 
About the Mean Green (2-4, 0-0 C-USA)
North Texas is back inside The Pit following four straight away contests spanning Kansas, California, and nearby Dallas. The Mean Green picked up a win throughout their travels with a 92-78 against North Dakota State at the Tiger Turkey Tipoff hosted by Pacific where redshirt senior guard Terriell Bradley dominated offensively with a career-high 40 points and UNT registered the most points ever scored in a quarter in program history with 33 in the first period. 
Bradley's 20.2 points per game rank second in Conference USA to lead UNT. Sophomore point guard Trena Mims is posting 11.3 ppg and has dished out a team-high 19 assists. Junior post Anisha George is pulling down a team-best 6.2 rebounds per contest and has amassed eight blocks.
The Mean Green are outscoring their opponents by an average of 3.7 points while shooting 39-percent from the field compared to 37 from their foes to rank third in C-USA in field goal percentage defense. 
 
About MSU (1-3, 0-0 Missouri Valley)
The lone win for the Bears came against Ball State Nov. 17, but their three losses have combined for a total of just 11 points and include an overtime defeat at Wichita State. MSU nearly pulled off an upset victory at No. 16/14 Missouri Nov. 13, falling just short, 65-61. In that contest, the Bears battled back from a 15-point deficit and held the Tigers to three points in the third quarter.
Missouri State was picked to finish third in the Missouri Valley Conference and returns First Team All-Conference player Alexa Willard. The Bears possess a young roster featuring five freshmen, six sophomores, a pair of juniors, and one senior. 
The Bears use a balanced scoring attack with Danielle Gitzen averaging a team-high 10.5 points. Willard (9.3 ppg), Brice Calip (8.5), Shameka Ealy (8.3), and Jasmine Franklin (7.5) also contribute steadily.  
 
History between the squads
The Bears have won all three meetings, beginning with a 78-67 win in Springfield, Missouri, during the 2011-12 season. MSU took another victory, 85-79, two years later in Denton, and won the most recent matchup, 63-54, at home Dec. 17, 2016.
 
Last matchup
(Dec. 17, 2016) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- North Texas lost 63-54 at Missouri State Saturday afternoon. Seniors Kelsey Criner and Candice Adams led the Mean Green with 11 points each.
North Texas (3-7, 0-0 C-USA) committed a season low 11 turnovers and received 31 points from the bench but was out rebounded by 17 and gave up 18 points at the free throw line.
The Mean Green scored 13 points in each of the first three quarters and allowed 21 points in the first quarter to get off to a slow start. Following the first quarter, North Texas contained the Lady Bears (4-6, 0-0 MVC) to just nine second quarter points on 2-of-7 shooting. The Mean Green forced five second quarter turnovers to hold the Lady Bears within an arms reach. Right before halftime, the Mean Green went on a 9-0 run to get back into the game.
Early foul trouble also hindered North Texas. Criner was sidelined for much of the second quarter due to foul trouble. The team's leading scorer Terriell Bradley struggled with foul trouble and scored a season-low two points Saturday. Missouri State scored 10 more points at the free throw line than the Mean Green and took twice as many shots from the line. The Lady Bears went on a couple streaks of five minutes or longer without a field goal but maintained their lead with the free throws.
 
Scoring early and often
In the past two contests, the Mean Green offense has taken off from the opening tip throughout the first period. At SMU Nov. 18, UNT racked up 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point line. To close out the Tiger Turkey Tipoff Nov. 24, the Mean Green tallied 33 points versus North Dakota State in the first period for the highest total ever recorded by the Mean Green in a quarter as the team shot an impressive 13-of-19 from the floor.
 
George down low
Junior post Anisha George earned her first career starts at the Tiger Turkey Tipoff and immediately made her presence felt in the paint. Heading into the Tipoff, the St. Croix, Virgin Islands, native had collected season totals of eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. In the three games since, George posted 39 points, 22 rebounds, and five blocks while shooting 18-of-28 from the field. Her averages now stand at team-leading 6.2 rebounds as well as 7.8 points.
 
All-around play by Mims
Sophomore point guard Trena Mims has been contributing to the Mean Green in several ways on the stat sheet. The Muskogee, Oklahoma, native is leading the team in assists with 3.2 per game, is second in scoring at 11.3 ppg, and registers 4.2 boards per game. Standing 5-5, Mims set a career-high in rebounds with eight in the season opener against Mid-America Christian and has twice made a career-high seven field goals in 2018-19.
 
Bradley enters top 10 in scoring
With her breakout career-high 40-point performance of the season against NDSU Nov. 24, Terriell Bradley elevated from 14thto ninth in the UNT career scoring charts and moved up another spot with 30 against SMU Nov. 28 with 1,097 points. Head Coach Jalie Mitchell's (1998-2002) record of 1,764 sits above all. With 22 regular season games remaining, Bradley would need to average just over 30 points per game to reach Mitchell. If the Mean Green were to win three games in the postseason, the average slims down to 26.7 points. If Bradley continues her current 20.2 average throughout the regular season, she would move into third all-time with over 1,500 points.
 
Bradley moving up the charts
With 312 free throws made, Bradley sits in fourth place all-time in program history. She needs 53 more to tie Isalene Jones (1980-84) for third. Not out of sight is the No. 1 spot, held by Head Coach Jalie Mitchell who sank 411 throughout her career. Bradley made 164 from the line last season and now needs 99 to dethrone Mitchell.
Bradley is currently sixth all-time in 3-pointers made with 103. She is nine away from the fifth spot, and Ashley Norris (1995-2000) occupies the top spot with 197.
 
Last outing for the Mean Green
DALLAS (Nov. 28, 2018) – North Texas outscored SMU 25-5 in the opening quarter, but the Mean Green were unable to keep the offensive rhythm going in a 73-66 loss to the Mustangs despite Terriell Bradley's third career 30-point game Wednesday night inside Moody Coliseum.
The Mean Green (2-4, 0-0 C-USA) connected on 10-of-18 from the floor in the first 10 minutes while the Mustangs (5-3, 0-0 American) struggled at 2-of-16 as UNT took a commanding 20-point lead. But North Texas was unable to continue the offensive power while SMU dramatically increased their scoring throughout the remainder of the game. 
Bradley, coming off of a career-high 40 points versus North Dakota State Saturday, accounted for nearly half of UNT's points while Anisha George held her own against a tall Mustang front line by producing 14 points and seven rebounds. Bradley grabbed a team-high eight boards, and Brittany Smith handed out a game-high five assists. 
The Mustangs hauled in 55 rebounds, 15 more than the Mean Green, with 24 of them coming on the offensive end. UNT also fell victim to 10 blocked shots and were outshot at the free throw line, 27-of-34, compared to 10-of-15.
 
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