Bradley Scores 29 Points In 79-65 Loss To WKU
Bradley's 29 Points A Career-Best
Jan. 26, 2018
DENTON -- Terriell Bradley led all players with a career-high 29 points but the 16 first-half turnovers by the Mean Green were too much to overcome as they fell 79-65 to Western Kentucky Friday night at the Super Pit.
North Texas outscored the defending Conference USA champs in the second-half 41-39 by grabbing nine offensive rebounds and only turning it over five times.
"I thought it was a tale of two halves," said head coach Jalie Mitchell. "Defensively, I thought we stuck to our game plan except for sending Tashia Brown to the free throw line too many times and allowing two players other than Tashia Brown and Ivy Brown to score in double figures."
WKU's Tashia Brown entered Friday as the conference's leading scorer, averaging 22.7 points per game.
Friday, Brown scored 28 points and went 10-for-11 at the free throw line.
The Lady Toppers' (15-5, 6-1 C-USA) second leading scorer is Ivy Brown who is averaging 16.4 points per game. Ivy Brown was the one who got WKU started as she hit a pair of 3-pointers early in the game. She finished Friday with 16 points.
North Texas (11-8, 2-5 C-USA) led 5-0 to start the game and battled through WKU's full-court press and constant pressure early on. But midway through the first quarter the pressure appeared to get to the Mean Green as they had costly turnovers, including on baseline inbounds.
"We pressed a little bit," Mitchell said about her team's offense. "We weren't able to get in sync on offense. We were giving up possessions. And when we did break the press I thought we rushed at time.
"But we fixed it in the second-half", she added.
North Texas' 16 first-half turnovers were three more than what they were averaging per game for the season. WKU finished Friday with only eight turnovers.
"We slowed down in the second-half and reminded each other to execute," Mitchell said. "It's a learning lesson."
Bradley scored 29 points by tying her career-high with four 3-pointers and driving to the rim. As per usual, Bradley made a living at the free throw line, making her first 12 free throw attempts and finishing with 13, which is tied for the tenth most in a game in school history.
In the fourth quarter, post Micayla Buckner dominated. The redshirt junior faced foul trouble early on and saw limited playing time but worked hard deep in the paint in the fourt quarter and finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Nine of her 13 points came in the fourth quarter as the Mean Green outscored WKU 24-16 in the final frame.
Sophomore Jada Poland earned her first career start and tied her career-high with 10 rebounds. It's the second time Poland has had 10 rebounds versus the Lady Toppers.
Poland's 10 rebounds helped propel the Mean Green to 38 rebounds as a team, which was five more than WKU.
UNT remains home to face UTEP on Sunday at 3:00 PM.
MEAN GREEN QUICK SHOTS
- Terriell Bradley has now scored 20-plus points 11 times this season, which is tied for the fourth-most in school history with 2002 graduate Jalie Mitchell
- Freshman point guard Trena Mims had a season-high six assists
- The 79 points by WKU is the most points UNT has given up this season