Mean Green Women's Basketball Wins Exhibition Game, 59-47

Nov. 6, 2016

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DENTON -- Bre McDaniel and Terriell Bradley scored in double-figures to lead the North Texas women's basketball team to a 59-47 exhibition win against TWU on Sunday afternoon at the Super Pit.

The wait is over. Mean Green fans were able to see in action for the first time the three transfers from North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell's first recruiting class that sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. There was a good mix of newcomers and returners on the floor with three seniors returning from last year's team, including two in the starting lineup.

McDaniel, a transfer from Minnesota, scored six points in the opening period and finished with 14, while Bradley, a transfer from Kansas, chipped in 10 points in the win. Senior Terra Ellison started the game and contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

North Texas only shot 30 percent from the field and had to rely on its defense and rebounding to stay ahead. The Mean Green held a 56-41 rebounding edge with Micayla Buckner leading the way with 11 boards.

"I do like the rebounding stat," Mitchell said about the game. "I think that was the difference. I think we have to shoot better. The second quarter was really ugly, we had to crawl back from that."

The game looked like it would be lopsided as the Mean Green held TWU to zero field goals in the first quarter, outscoring the Pioneers, 22-6. The visitors, however, staged a comeback in the second quarter and held North Texas scoreless for over five minutes while going on an 11-0 run. TWU cut the lead to six points at the half, 30-24.

In the third period, TWU's KJ Stastny made a 3-pointer to cut the Mean Green lead to one point, 38-37. North Texas hit five free throws and Buckner hit a layup to put North Texas ahead by seven points, 45-38, at the end of the third quarter.

North Texas extended its lead back to double-digits in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Pioneers, 14-9.

Up Next

• The Mean Green opens their season on Friday, Nov. 11 against Arkansas-Little Rock in the first round of the NCAA Preseason WNIT.

Mean Green Quick Hitters

• The Mean Green defeated TWU in an exhibition game for the second straight year.

• 12 of 13 eligible players saw playing time against TWU

Terriell Bradley, Hannah Hopkins, Bre McDaniel, Tyara Warren, Jada Poland, Micayla Buckner, Adrianna Henderson, and Madi Townley all saw action for the first time in Mean Green uniforms.

• The five starters for the Mean Green were Hannah Hopkins, Terra Ellison, Kelsey Criner, Bre McDaniel and Terriell Bradley. Criner and Ellison were the only returners.


 

 

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