Women's Basketball Storms Past Golden Hurricane, 66-43
Bradley, Mims Score Career-Highs
Dec. 2, 2017
DENTON -- For the third time in four games, the Mean Green women's basketball team allowed less than 45 points as they won their fourth straight game in the process.
The nation's top defense got strong contributions on offense with career high performances from Terriell Bradley and Trena Mims to lead North Texas to the 66-43 win at home over Tulsa Saturday afternoon.
"We picked it up on defense after a slow start," Bradley said. "On offense we all executed really well and played a lot better than the last game. "
UNT (6-1) entered Saturday's game with the nation's best field goal percentage defense, holding its previous six opponents to a combined field goal percentage of 30.5 percent. Saturday, Tulsa (3-5) made just 25 percent of their 44 field goal attempts.
"Defense has been huge for us," said head coach Jalie Mitchell. "We've stopped some solid teams from reaching their average and everyone on our team has bought in to the way we defend."
The Golden Hurricane entered Saturday averaging 62 points per game. They were without their leading scorer Shug Dickson who is averaging 15 points per game, but their second leading scorer, Kendrian Elliott, was limited to just four field goal attempts against the Mean Green and scored only six points.
The game was close in the first quarter, but an early second quarter offensive surge by the Mean Green gave them a more comfortable lead. During the second quarter, Bradley scored seven of her career-high 23 total points and UNT forced four turnovers, which they scored off all of them.
"Terriell has been awesome this season," Mitchell said. "There are times when we need her at the one, sometimes the two, sometimes at the three and she starts at the four. It's a great leadership quality and shows the team that she's willing to do whatever is needed for the team to get the win."
The Mean Green built on their lead in the third quarter but pulled away in the fourth quarter when Mims dropped 10 of her career-high 15 points.
Mims was 4-for-4 from the field in the fourth quarter and made two free throws as she helped North Texas take a 20-plus lead.
As the Hurricane tired out, UNT's defense stepped on the gas and prevented them from making a field goal in game's final five minutes and 29 seconds.
MEAN GREEN QUICK SHOTS
- The Mean Green's 66 points are the most they've scored since the season-opener
- UNT is off to its best start since the 2005-06 season
- Freshman Lauren Holmes had two steals and has had at least one steal in every game this season
- Lauren Holmes drew her eighth charge of the season
- Terriell Bradley's previous game-high was 22 points, which she had reached three times including most recently on Nov. 24
- Terriell Bradley has scored in double figures in four consecutive games with three of those four being 20-plus scoring outings.
- Jalie Mitchell moved into fifth all-time in program wins
- North Texas' six non-conference wins is the most under third-year head coach Jalie Mitchell
- UNT has played 28 quarters this season and only trailed at the end of one of them
- In the second quarter, Terriell Bradley scored her 500th point at North Texas and her 700th career point when you include her freshman season at Kansas
North Texas takes its four-game winning streak to Indiana on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. CT tip-off with the Hoosiers.