Mean Green Lose To Omaha
Omaha Shoots 53 Percent From The Field
Nov. 19, 2016
ABILENE, Texas -- North Texas fell 85-57 to Omaha in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT Saturday at Abilene Christian University.
The Mavericks made their first ten shots of the second half and made 53 percent (31-of-58) of all their shots and were 11-of-24 on 3-point attempts (45.8 percent). As they did on Friday, the Mean Green (0-3, 0-0 C-USA) had a stronger showing in the second half, fueled by a freshmen spark, but the slow start and Omaha's (1-2, 0-0 Summit) inability to simply miss proved to be too much in the end.
"We saw their shooting (on Friday versus ACU) and the girls saw it on film," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "If you're not doing the right things in transition defense and picking them up and they passed the ball well it's a challenge.
"It's not really new to us, we have a team in our conference in FAU that does the same thing, but I guess it's something new to our newcomers and it's something they're going to have to understand and get used to," Mitchell added.
Despite scoring first, North Texas trailed 12-2 early in the game. Sophomore post Micayla Buckner was a force on the boards early in the game. The 6-foot-3 Buckner grabbed three rebounds in a quick stretch to help keep the Mean Green stay close. But she and fellow post, freshman Hannah Hopkins, struggled to stay out of foul trouble and forced Mitchell to go to her bench. Furthermore, Omaha's ability to stretch the court with its shot presented a new challenge to the developing Mean Green team, which they hadn't seen in their first two games.
At the half, North Texas trailed by just nine points but with ten straight made baskets, the Mavericks improved its field goal percentage from a decent 38 percent to a red-hot 50 percent, all in less than a eight minute stretch.
Looking for some new energy, Mitchell turned to her deep bench late in the game. Freshman post Jada Poland and freshman point guard Adrianna Henderson fueled a spark late in the game. The playing time was their first collegiate action.
Poland and Henderson added four points each and combined for three rebounds in their short spurt of playing time late in the game.
"Jada is a high energy player who gives you everything she has," Mitchell said. "It was important to get those players playing time and get some experience so they get more comfortable, because you never know when you're going to need them."
North Texas travels to Tucson, Arizona to face the Pac-12 Conference's University of Arizona on Tuesday.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
Candice Adams' two 3-pointer gives her 105 for her career. She currently stands in fifth for most at North Texas. Mean Green alum Brittney James (2010) is fourth with 112.
Freshman point guard Adrianna Henderson recorded her first four points and first collegiate rebound.
Freshman post Jada Poland recorded her first four points and first two rebounds in college.
All dressed players saw playing time Saturday.
With three more steals, point guard Kelsey Criner has 11 for the season and is averaging almost four per game.
Saturday was North Texas' first game of the season without a block. They had a combined eight in the first two games.
Saturday, transfer Micayla Buckner had her first start with North Texas.