Mean Green Falls 70-48 to Old Dominion, Simms
Jeter Finds Inside-Outside Success with Double-Double
NORFOLK, Va. -- Against Old Dominion on January 17 at the Super Pit, the North Texas women's basketball team played primarily zone defense. This was in order to negate the Lady Monarchs' size and force them to make outside shots. The strategy worked, as Old Dominion shot 3-17 from beyond the arc and the Mean Green hung around in a close game before ultimately falling, 54-44.
North Texas tried the same scheme on Saturday afternoon and this time it backfired, as the Lady Monarchs rained threes on the Mean Green in the first half and pulled away for a 70-48 victory. Old Dominion shot 7-13 from long range through the first 20 minutes, somewhat out of character for a team who had shot 30.9-percent from beyond the arc coming into the game.
"We played a lot of zone at our place and it was pretty effective and kept the tempo down," head coach Mike Petersen said. "We got in the zone again today and they made shots. Against a zone you have to make shots and they made shots."
For North Texas, redshirt sophomore Eboniey Jeter was the star, as the forward recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She also recorded one block and one steal before fouling out in the game's final minutes. Most surprisingly, Jeter stepped behind the arc in the second half to go 2-3 from three-point range, the first two of her career. Sophomore guard Candice Adams was the only other Mean Green player in double-figures, as she scored 10 points on 4-11 shooting.
It was Senior Day for Tiffany Minor and Chelsea Painter, who combined for 17 points and 13 rebounds against North Texas. But it was redshirt sophomore Jennie Simms who did it all for the Lady Monarchs, as the forward scored 20 points to go along with a well-rounded game of 14 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
The visitors missed senior forward Briesha Wynn greatly in this game, primarily, as Petersen would explain, because she was a good matchup for Simms on the defensive and offensive ends.
"Briesha would have been our best opportunity to guard Simms," Petersen commented on the absence of Wynn. "She's the right size and has the right strength and athletic ability. Simms is strong and Briesha would have given us someone to match up with her."
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- Junior Acheil Tac also made the first three-pointer of her career in the second half. The forward finished with six points and five rebounds in 25 minutes.
- After scoring 45 points in wins over Florida Atlantic and FIU last weekend - earning Conference USA Player of the Week honors - senior guard BreAnna Dawkins scored 17 points this weekend in losses to Charlotte and Old Dominion.
- North Texas went 5-14 from three-point range as a team. It was only the second time in the last 15 games the Mean Green has made five threes in a game.
Next Up for North Texas
- The Mean Green returns home to Denton for a two-game swing against UTEP on March 5 and against UTSA on March 7. When North Texas faces off against the Miners at 7 p.m. on Thursday, it will be Senior Night at the Super Pit.