DENTON – North Texas women's basketball hosts Utah State to wrap up a three-game homestand Saturday at 3 p.m. inside The Super Pit.
About the Mean Green (4-4, 0-0 C-USA)
North Texas compiled its first win streak of the season with a 100-75 win over Houston Baptist Dec. 5 in the annual Kids' Game in front of thousands of school-aged children inside The Super Pit. It was the first time UNT had eclipsed the century mark since a 116-39 victory over Texas Southern Nov. 21, 1997. Six Mean Green tallied double-digit point totals while every player scored.
scoring average of 20.9 leads the Mean Green and is second within Conference USA. Trena Mims
and Anisha George
each contribute 9.3 points per contest, while Mims has handed out a team-high 31 assists, and George is pulling down a team-best 6.5 rebounds and has amassed nine blocks.
The Mean Green are outscoring their opponents by an average of 6.8 points while shooting 41.1-percent from the field compared to 38.1 from their foes to rank fifth in C-USA in field goal percentage defense.
About the Aggies (3-5, 0-0 Mountain West)
Utah State snapped a four-game losing streak Dec. 5 with a 62-56 win at UTSA. The Aggie defeats were recorded against Oregon, Yale, USC, and Colorado, while the wins were tallied versus Washington State and Northern New Mexico.
Shannon Dufficy nearly averages a double-double for the Aggies with 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. Steph Gorman puts up 10.1 points per game, and Hailey Bassett-Meacham adds 8.9.
The 136 assists given out by USU is tops in the Mountain West Conference while Eliza West has totaled 42 throughout the season. Dufficy's four double-doubles ranks first in the league, as does her rebounding total and average.
Utah State returns five starters from last year's 7-23 team which went 5-13 in MVC play. The Aggies were picked to finish eighth in the 11-team league this season.
History between the squads
This will be the first meeting between the Mean Green and the Aggies.
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 Madi 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.
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 at 66.4-percent.
Scoring early and often
In the past four contests, the Mean Green offense has taken off from the opening tip throughout the first period. North Texas has put up an average of 25.5 points throughout the first 10 minutes in the games against North Dakota State, SMU, Missouri State, and Houston Baptist. Most recently, the Mean Green totaled 24 points Dec. 5 against HBU. In the win over MSU Dec. 1, UNT hit half of their shot attempts, including 4-of-8 on threes, on their way to 26 points. 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 NDSU 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.
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.
George from the start
Junior post Anisha George
earned her first career starts at the Tiger Turkey Tipoff Nov. 23-24 and has solidified her spot ever since. Heading into the Tipoff, the St. Croix, Virgin Islands, native had collected season totals of eight points, eight rebounds, and three blocks throughout three games. In her five starts since, George has posted 64 points, 37 rebounds, and six blocks while shooting 29-of-43 from the field. Her averages now stand at team-leading 6.5 rebounds as well as 9.3 points.
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 scored versus Houston Baptist, she has elevated from 14th
to eighth in the UNT career scoring charts with 1,143 points. Head Coach Jalie Mitchell
's (1998-2002) record of sits at 1,764.
With 20 regular season games remaining, Bradley would need to average just over 31 points per game to reach Mitchell. If the Mean Green were to win three games in the postseason, the average slims down to 27 points. If Bradley continues her current 20.9 average throughout the regular season, she would move into third all-time shy of 1,600 points.
With 321 free throws made, Bradley sits in fourth place all-time in program history. She needs 43 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 90 to dethrone Mitchell.
Bradley is currently sixth all-time in 3-pointers made with 106. She is six away from the fifth spot, and Ashley Norris (1995-2000) occupies the top spot with 197.
Townley taking charge
Redshirt sophomore forward Madi Townley is not afraid of contact on the court, and it has been evident this season. Throughout six games, the Duncanville High School graduate has baited the opponents into 11 offensive fouls with four coming in the season opener against Mid-America Christian and three versus Wyoming. Townley has taken at least one charge in all but one contest in 2018-19.
On the offensive end, Townley registered the best of her career Dec. 5 versus Houston Baptist with her first double-double of a career-best 14 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 7-of-12 from the field.
Bradley named C-USA Player of the Week
of North Texas has been selected as the Conference USA Player of the Week as announced by the league office Monday.
Bradley dominated for the Mean Green as the redshirt senior guard produced 30 and 36-point outings last week to up her streak of scoring 30 or more to three consecutive games, a feat she shares alongside top-ranked Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale as the only two players to do so this season.
In addition to her 33.0 points per game average last week, Bradley added 13 rebounds, five steals, three assists, and a block.
This is Bradley's third C-USA Player of the Week award and the first this season.
Last outing for the Mean Green
DENTON (Dec. 5, 2018) – Orianna Shillow
sank a 3-pointer for North Texas with seconds remaining for a 100-75 win over Houston Baptist to commemorate the first time UNT has eclipsed the century mark in over 20 years as Madi Townley netted her first double-double with a career-high 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead six Mean Green in double figures inside the Super Pit Wednesday afternoon.
The last time UNT scored 100 or more was Nov. 21, 1997, in a 116-39 victory over Texas Southern. The 100 totaled Wednesday was just the fifth occurrence in program history.
North Texas (4-4, 0-0 C-USA) handed out a season-best 20 assists helped by a career-high nine from Trena Mims
. Anisha George
registered 15 points, Velma Mitchell
scored a career-high 12, Charlene Shepherd
also had a dozen, and Grace Goodhart
had 10 alongside Terriell Bradley
. In the annual Kids' Game in front of thousands of school-aged children, every player on the North Texas roster scored. The Mean Green pulled down 48 boards compared to 22 from HBU (4-4, 0-0 Southland) for their largest rebounding margin of the season and also outscored the Huskies in the paint, 56-28.