Bradley Leads Mean Green To 63-57 Victory
North Texas' 4-1 Start Is Best in Six Seasons
Nov. 24, 2017
DAYTONA BEACH, FL. -- The North Texas women's basketball team is off to its best start since the 2011-12 season after a 63-57 victory over Detroit Mercy Friday afternoon in the San Juan Shootout.
Paced by Terriell Bradley's 22 points and freshman Lauren Holmes' 19, the Mean Green overcame a slow start to improve their season record to 4-1.
"We just gutted it out and knocked free throws down," said head coach Jalie Mitchell who was an assistant under Karen Aston when North Texas last started a season 4-1. "We got to the line 24 times and we got it done."
North Texas (4-1) made 19 of their 24 free throw attempts with Bradley making 11-of-12 from the line.
The Mean Green had been struggling from the free throw line this season. They entered the game only making 57 percent of their free throws. Furthermore, they had only taken 44 total attempts in the first four games combined.
North Texas was held to just 13 first quarter points, however, were tied with the Titans at the end of the first quarter. UNT has played 20 quarters this season and has only trailed at the end of one once.
The Mean Green found some separation with clutch performances by Holmes and sophomore Adrianna Henderson.
Holmes began her college career with a 20-point performance in the season-opener, the most points scored by a Mean Green freshman in a debut. In games two through four, Holmes had been limited to just 18 points total. Friday, the 5-foot-8 guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and also nailing three 3-pointers. She also had her fifth straight game with a steal as she ended the contest with three.
"Staying out of foul trouble was huge for me," Holmes said. "It felt good to finally get back into a groove and help the team with a couple big shots and rebounds."
As Detroit Mercy began to come back in the fourth quarter, Holmes hit a 3-pointer in transition and then on the next possession grabbed her own rebound off a mid-range jump shot and finished with a layup.
Henderson had a season-high nine points and a season-high four rebounds coming off the bench for the Mean Green.
For the second straight game the Mean Green's defense forced 20 plus turnovers as they scored 16 points off of them.
North Texas returns to the Super Pit to host SMU on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in their annual DISD game.