DENTON – North Texas women's basketball travels to New Orleans to face Xavier University of Louisiana Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
About the Mean Green (4-5, 0-0 C-USA)
North Texas compiled its first win streak of the season with a 100-75 win over Houston Baptist Dec. 5 and an 86-76 overtime defeat of Missouri State four days prior but most recently suffered a 57-41 loss to Utah State Dec. 8.
scoring average of 20.3 leads the Mean Green and is second within Conference USA. Anisha George
contributes 9.1 points per contest along with a team-best 6.4 rebounds to rank 10th
in the league. Trena Mims
adds 8.8 points and hands out 3.7 assists to sit third in C-USA while her assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4 ranks fourth.
The Mean Green are outscoring their opponents by an average of 4.2 points while shooting 39.9-percent from the field compared to 39.1 from their foes.
About the Gold Nuggets (9-3, 0-0 GCAC)
XULA competes in the NAIA's Gulf Coast Athletic Conference and will count the contest against the Mean Green as an exhibition game.
The Gold Nuggets defeated Division I Southeastern Louisiana, 59-47, Nov. 30 for the program's first win over a DI opponent since the 2007-08 season. XULA dropped a 77-58 decision against Auburn in an exhibition two days before the win over Lady Lions, and compete against a third Division I opponent in Louisiana-Lafayette the day before facing the Mean Green.
The Gold Nuggets received 10 points in the NAIA Division I Poll to tie for 30th
in the first regular-season ranking of 2018-19.
Jas Hill averages a team-high 15 points, and Kyla Duncan puts up an average of 10 for XULA who was picked to finish third in the eight-team league.
History between the squads
This will be the third meeting between the Mean Green and the Gold Nuggets with the first two matchups occurring during the 1980-81 season just over a month apart. XULA took both matchups with a 68-65 victory Dec. 6, 1980, and a 90-62 win Jan. 10, 1981.
UNT enters the contest at XULA hoping to even their overall record before attempting to finish two games above .500 before league play begins. Dating to the 2015-16 season, the Mean Green are currently an even 21-21 in games occurring before the start of C-USA play. The team posted a mark of 9-3 in pre-conference play last season.
Scoring ups and downs
While the Mean Green have remained fairly consistent on the defensive end this season, the offense has seen both breakout performances and well as its share of lulls. In the 100-75 win over Houston Baptist Dec. 5, UNT eclipsed the century mark for the first time in over 20 years as six Mean Green scored in double figures. The last time North Texas had scored 100 or more was Nov. 21, 1997, in a 116-39 victory over Texas Southern. The 100 totaled versus HBU was just the fifth occurrence in program history.
Three days later in the contest against Utah State, the offense did not come easy for North Texas in a 57-41 loss. Only the Mean Green starters entered the scoring column while the bench went scoreless as the team shot under 26-percent. The 41 points accrued against the Aggies was the lowest total since Dec. 4, 2015, in a three-point loss to Weber State, while the 25.9-percent shooting equaled the mark set Jan. 28, 2017, in a 62-47 defeat at Old Dominion.
Freebies going down
The Mean Green had a dismal 57.5-percent mark from the free throw line six games into the season to rank at the bottom of Conference USA but have made a drastic improvement as of late. In the contest against Missouri State Dec. 1, UNT sank 19-of-22 and then went 16-of-20 versus Houston Baptist Dec. 5 for an impressive combined 83.3-percent. The team has now moved up to 10th
in C-USA with a mark of 66.7-percent.
The Mean Green have compiled a trio of double-doubles throughout the 2018-19 season with two coming from junior post Anisha George
and the other by redshirt sophomore forward Madison Townley
. Throughout the entire 2017-18 season, the team amassed five, one each from current players Terriell Bradley
and Micayla Buckner
. Two seasons ago, six double-doubles were accomplished with half of them coming from Bradley.
Bring on the OT
The Mean Green have compiled a lowly 12-26 record throughout program history in overtime games, but following the 83-76 win over Missouri State Dec. 1, UNT has now strung together six straight victories involving extra periods. The win over the Bears was just the third time in program history UNT has found success inside The Super Pit in OT, as the team is now at 3-10 at home. Two seasons ago, North Texas pulled out wins in each of their four overtime contests, and went one-for-one in 2017-18.
Bradley enters top 10 in scoring
With her breakout career-high 40-point performance against NDSU Nov. 24, Terriell Bradley
has continued to show her offensive prowess with 30 points at SMU Nov. 28 and 36 versus Missouri State Dec. 1. Adding in another 10 and 16 scored versus Houston Baptist and Utah State, respectively, she has elevated from 14th
to seventh in the UNT career scoring charts with 1,159 points. Head Coach Jalie Mitchell
's (1998-2002) record of sits at 1,764.
With 19 regular season games remaining, Bradley would need to average just under 32 points per game to reach Mitchell. If the Mean Green were to win three games in the postseason, the average slims down to 27.5 points. If Bradley continues her current 20.9 average throughout the regular season, she would move into third all-time with over 1,500 points.
With 328 free throws made, Bradley sits in fourth place all-time in program history. She needs 37 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 83 to dethrone Mitchell, which comes out to be just over four makes per game throughout the remainder of the regular season.
Bradley is currently sixth all-time in 3-pointers made with 107. She is five away from the fifth spot, and Ashley Norris (1995-2000) occupies the top spot with 197.
Last outing for the Mean Green
DENTON (Dec. 8, 2018) – The offense did not come easy for North Texas in a 57-41 loss to Utah State where only five Mean Green scored as the team shot under 26-percent from the field Saturday afternoon inside The Super Pit.
The lack of scoring was unexpected considering UNT (4-5, 0-0 C-USA) put up 100 points three days ago in a rout of Houston Baptist. The 41 accrued against the Aggies (4-5, 0-0 Mountain West) was the lowest total since Dec. 4, 2015, in a three-point loss to Weber State, while the 25.9-percent shooting equaled the mark set Jan. 28, 2017, in a 62-47 defeat at Old Dominion.
was the lone North Texas player in double figures with a game-high 16 points. Madison Townley
and Anisha George
each totaled eight, Trena Mims
had five, and Grace Goodhart
four. The UNT bench went scoreless throughout the afternoon.