Bradley Saves North Texas
Bradley Makes Game-Tying Layup Then Game-Winning Jumper
Dec. 20, 2017
CHARLESTON, Illinois -- Down to just eight players, the Mean Green needed their leading scorer Terriell Bradley to make a game-tying layup in regulation and then the game-winning jumper as North Texas won 63-61 in overtime at Eastern Illinois Wednesday night.
Bradley finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and had five steals while playing the entire game.
North Texas (8-3) has now won its most non-conference games in 12 years and won five consecutive overtime games -- all away from the Super Pit.
"Any way we can get it we'll take it," said head coach Jalie Mitchell with a laugh. "I'm proud of us sticking it out and finding a way."
The game-winner for Bradley comes just two days after she failed to convert on an important late-game opportunity at UIC.
But on Wednesday, Bradley stepped up right when the team needed her to.
North Texas took 4 minutes 37 seconds to score against the Panthers (1-9) and struggled to defend EIU's dribble-drive offense as the Panthers constantly moved the ball and found open shooters. They made nine 3-pointers and made the biggest with 11 seconds left in regulation.
Trailing by two points, Eastern Illinois converted on a four-point play as they made a corner 3-pointer and was fouled.
After a UNT timeout, Bradley missed her initial would-be game-tying layup but grabbed her own miss and banked in the put-back as the clock expired.
In overtime, Bradley again missed her initial would-be game-winner but an EIU player poked the miss out of bounds on the baseline with 2.1 seconds left.
On the baseline inbound, freshman Trena Mims found the wide-open Bradley who calmly nailed her first-ever game-winner.
"I wanted to go home," Bradley said with a straight face. "The play worked perfectly. They went for Grace (Goodhart) who was open in the corner and gave me some room to make the jumper from the elbow."
EIU understandably bit on the open Goodhart as she had a UNT career-high 16 points and was the only North Texas player to make a 3-pointer on Wednesday.
But from the time Bradley caught the ball and released there was nothing but confidence as she shot it and then was mobbed by her teammates on the court.
"I was tired," Bradley said. "But I've taken that shot a million times."
MEAN GREEN QUICK SHOTS
- Point guard Brittany Smith had a career-high 10 rebounds, beating her previous high of just four.
- Goodhart and Bradley played all 45 minutes.
- Junior Orianna Shillow played a season-high 21 minutes and scored her first points of the year.
North Texas hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State on Dec. 30 at 3:00 p.m.