Holmes Leads Mean Green To Win In Exhibition

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Nov. 4, 2017

DENTON -- With two minutes left in the game and North Texas up by one, freshman Lauren Holmes grabbed the defensive rebound, hit the transition three-pointer and then stole the inbound pass. 

That eight seconds of the game was just a small sample of what Holmes brought in the North Texas women's basketball team's 69-66 come from behind exhibition win over Texas Woman's Saturday afternoon.

"I was a little nerevous before the game but once it started it was like any other game from high school," Holmes said. "I could tell our energy was down and I felt we needed to fix that in order to get more stops."

The guard finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. She was in the face of Pioneer players all game and led her team with four steals, two of which turned into transition buckets. And to put a bow on the day, she sealed the victory with free throws in the final seconds.

North Texas, who played four newcomers in the exhibition, led in the first half for only 37 seconds early in the game. TWU took advantage of the Mean Green getting in foul trouble and missing free throws.

"TWU head coach Beth Jillson does a great job preparing her team and we had to match their intesity," said Mean Green head coach Jalie Mitchell." We definitey needed today. I am proud of our fight. A lot happened that we can learn and grow from as a team."

North texas managed to stay within an arm's reach of TWU despite shooting 31 percent in the first half. The Mean Green never trailed by more than six points in the game and was down by just three at halfitme.

It wasn't until Holmes' third quarter spark that North Texas began to show a little more life, especially in transition. North Texas had just six points in the first half off turnovers but had 14 in the second half, seven of which came from Holmes' three second-half steals.

The Mean Green took their first lead of the second half with 2:59 left in the third quarter when Holmes nailed one of her four three-pointers.

"Lauren only knows one way to play," Mitchell said. "Her hustle and timely threes gave us a huge lift."

Homes' lift gave North Texas its largest lead of the game, late in the third quarter, when the Mean Green were up by four. 

"I thought I could have played better," Holmes who finished 8-of-12 from the field said. "I felt there were some shots I could have taken but overall it was a good first day shooting."

Holmes, who played 29 minutes, was in foul trouble early but finished as the only Mean Green player to score in double figures. She picked up two early fouls but didn't have another one from there on out. 

Redshirt junior Terriell Bradley was also in early foul trouble and finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Jada Poland had eight points and nine rebounds. 

But it was Holmes' energy and defense that brought the Mean Green back from the slow start.

"We need to start games with more intensity," Holmes said. "It starts with defense. If you're not good on defense your offense isn't going to be good."

NEXT UP
North Texas hosts Mid-America Christian University in its season-opener on Nov. 10 at 3:00 PM.

MEAN GREEN QUICK HITTERS

  • Holmes' 23 points would have been a Mean Green game-high last season
  • Holmes scored 18 points in the second half
  • The Mean Green outrebounded TWU by 14 (49-35)
  • There were 11 lead changes Saturday
  • Micayla Buckner and Deja Terrell fouled out of Saturday's game
  • The score was tied nine times and for four minutes and 34 seconds of the game. 

 

 

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