Mean Green Fall In Final Seconds To Kansas State
Late Free Throw By K-State Gives Them The One-Point Win
Nov. 19, 2017
DENTON - North Texas fell to Kansas State 55-54 Sunday afternoon at the Super Pit after the Wildcats rallied late and converted on a free throw with 13 seconds left in the game to take the lead.
"I'm disappointed and the women are too," head coach Jalie Mitchell said of her Mean Green (2-1) team, that led the Wildcats (4-0), who are receiving votes for top-25, for 29 minutes of Sunday's game. "This game we should have won and we didn't end up making enough plays to do so. We will learn from it and bounce back."
K-State opened the game with a 6-0 run. North Texas answered with seven straight points to give them the lead. Both teams exchanged leads a handful of time before freshman Lauren Holmes knocked down a three-pointer at the end of the first-quarter to give the Mean Green a 14-11 lead.
North Texas continued this rhythm for the rest of the first half, extending their lead to as much as 11 points. Terriell Bradley was able to convert on a trio of field goals which included a three-pointer. The double-digit lead would be short lived as K-State rallied with a 9-0 run which would send the Mean Green into halftime with a 30-28 lead.
The Mean Green struggled offensively for much of the third quarter, which Mitchell described as "uncharacteristic" of her team. However, the North Texas defense was able to hold the Wildcats to under 10 points in the quarter.
Along with Holmes, junior Grace Goodhart were both able to knock down a couple quick three-pointers to extend the Mean Green lead. After a K-State rally to tie the game at 49, Bradley hit a three-pointer to once again give North Texas a late lead.
With under a minute left in the game, K-State guard Rachel Ranke hit a three-point shot that put the Wildcats up 54-52. Bradley answered with a drive into the paint to force a layup and tie the game. K-State drew a foul with 13 seconds left in the game, making only one of the two free throws. The Wildcats were able to escape Denton after a missed jumper by Micayla Buckner at the buzzer.
In her second career start, guard Trena Mims was able to showcase her skills by scoring 11 points in 30 minutes of play. A true freshman from Muskogree, Oklahoma, Mims, has started the previous game in place of junior Brittany Smith who is out dealing with a family matter.
"As a freshman, it's a great opportunity to step and gain some valuable experience especially today against a Big XII Program," Mitchell said. "She learned some things from the last game that she was able to apply today and was very good defensively."
"It was a very competitive game," Mims said. "I learned a lot tonight and I'm going to try and apply it the rest of the season and grow."
- K-State entered Sunday's game recieving votes for top-25
- Bradley led all scorers with 15 points and now leads the Mean Green with 13.7 points per game
- The Mean Green defense was able to hold K-State to their lowest amount of points scored this season.
- With 11 points, this marks the first time in Trina Mims' young career she has scored double-digit points.
The Mean Green will be back in action agaisnt Coastal Carolina on Thursday, Nov. 23, at the San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, Fl.