Mean Green Lose Low Scoring Game At Old Dominion
North Texas' Defense Keeps Game Close
Jan. 28, 2017
NORFOLK, VA -- The North Texas women's basketball team contained Jennie Simms -- the nation's No. 2 leading scorer -- to a season-low three field goals but lost to the Monarchs 62-47 at Old Dominion Saturday night.
The Mean Green (6-14, 3-6 C-USA) and Old Dominion (10-11, 5-4 C-USA) both played a closely contested defensive barnburner for three and a half quarters. There were just four lead changes but North Texas' relentless defensive effort kept them close and at arms reach headed into the fourth quarter, trailing 35-34.
Following a 3-pointer by the Mean Green's Terriell Bradley, North Texas was down by just three with five minutes to go. A couple turnovers and missed shots later and the Mean Green saw the deficit increase to nine points.
North Texas made just one of its last 12 shots while ODU converted at the free throw line and finished around the basket.
Keeping the Mean Green in the game throughout was freshman Madi Townley, who pulled down a season-high 13 rebounds. Seven of her rebounds were offensive and helped North Texas score 15 second-chance points.
Senior Terra Ellison continued her hot free throw shooting. Ellison made all 10 of her free throw attempts. She has now made 19 of her last 21 over the last three games. Ellison also grabbed her 120th rebound of the season during the game, which gave her one more than she had all of last year and a new single season career-high.
Old Dominion's Simms finished with the same amount of points when the two schools met in Denton on
January 1st -- 14 points. However, unlike in their first meeting, the Monarchs finished with four players in double figures and limited their turnovers in fourth quarter.
North Texas travels to Rice on Saturday Feb. 4 to take on the Owls. Last year when they played in Houston the game went into triple overtime.
MEAN GREEN QUICK HITTERS
- North Texas' 19 first half points tied a season-low
- Madi Townley bested her previous rebound game-high of 9 with 13
- Terra Ellison has made 19 of her last 21 free throws over the last three games
- Terriell Bradley attempted a season-high 21 field goals