Highly Touted Freshman Has Memorable Debut In UNT Rout
Holmes Scores 20, Grabs 12 Boards In Blowout Victory
Nov. 10, 2017
DENTON - North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell is the program's all-time leading scorer after starting for all four years as a highly regarded recruit out of Duncanville.
On Friday afternoon at the Super Pit, Mitchell watched as her prized freshman, Lauren Holmes, made her Mean Green debut a memorable one with 20 points and 12 rebounds in an 86-52 season-opening win over Mid-America Christian.
"We're not surprised because Lauren did what she's always done," said Mitchell, who scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in her collegiate debut against Texas A&M in 1998. "From Day 1, she has had an extremely high motor and never takes a play off. She makes plays on both ends of the floor. I think, just naturally, her going on both ends and giving full effort in the time she's out there makes her special.
"She's not your typical freshman," Mitchell added. "She looks like she's been here before, but she hasn't. That just comes with confidence. She's in the gym and doing what she's supposed to do. She's a great leader. I think you'll find she'll have a great career."
Holmes, who shot 6-for-15 from the field and 4-for-10 from beyond the arc, said her teammates have made her transition to college an easy one and she had them to thank for her season-opening success.
"I just really like this team, in general," Holmes said. "It's easy to get along with everyone. They're all supportive, and they help me a lot."
After a narrow 69-66 win over Division II Texas Woman's University last weekend, the Mean Green showed improvements in several areas in Friday's win over NAIA Mid-America Christian (3-1).
"I thought we definitely improved [since the exhibition]," said redshirt junior guard Terriell Bradley, the team's leading returning scorer and preseason All-Conference USA selection. "We moved the ball around a lot better, and I know, personally, I was a lot more efficient.
Bradley scored 18 points to go with six rebounds and a career-high six assists for the Mean Green, who had seven players score at least eight points
"I think it's always good when you have to guard everybody," Mitchell said. "We shared the ball well. That's important. When everyone feels confident to shoot the ball, we don't have anyone that is passing up any wide-open shots."
UNT erased any doubt early in the game when it went on 16-0 run spanning 5 1/2 minutes in the first quarter and built a 28-6 lead in that time.
- In the opening game of the season, the Mean Green's starting five consisted of junior guard Grace Goodhart, junior guard Brittany Smith, junior guard Terriell Bradley, freshman guard Lauren Holmes and redshirt junior forward Micayla Buckner
- The Mean Green's first points of the season came on a Smith 3-pointer.
- Holmes, a highly touted freshman from Fayetteville, Ark., made her first collegiate shot -- a 3-pointer less than three minutes into the game.
- UNT began the game shooting 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. In that run, four different players made 3-pointers.
- Buckner scored a career-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds.
- Goodhart tied her previous career high with 9 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.
The Mean Green host Texas A&M-International at the Super Pit on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.