Mean Green Take On Elite Scoring Simms At Home
North Texas Looks For First Conference USA Win
DENTON -- The North Texas women's basketball team welcomes one of the best scorers in the nation to the Super Pit Sunday for a New Year's Day afternoon game.
The Mean Green (3-9, 0-1 C-USA) face conference foe Old Dominion (6-6, 1-0 C-USA) at 3:00 p.m., it'll be the fourth meeting in the last two years between the two schools, the most of any North Texas opponent.
Fans can buy four tickets for 17 dollars total. Tickets can be purchased at gates A and D of the Super Pit on gameday. The game will be live streamed online at CUSA.TV and can be found on the radio at KNTU 88.1 FM.
On Friday, North Texas had its best first quarter of the season by scoring 24 points and holding the Charlotte 49ers to just 14 points. The Mean Greem, though, struggled against Charlotte's second half zone defense and lost 78-63 at home. (Full Recap).
ODU: Jennie Simms, Ashley Jackson, MicKayla Timmons, Destinee Young, Manaya Jones
MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
North Texas Old Dominion
T-2nd in C-USA T-1st in C-USA
60.8 PPG 66.1 PPG
31.6 RPG 43.2 RPG
10.2 APG 13.5 APG
Senior Terra Ellison recorded her first career double-double Friday versus Charlotte with 14 points and 15 rebounds. The Colony native scored 19 points versus Incarnate Word earlier this season, but had never recorded more than nine rebounds in a game in her four years in Denton. Friday, Ellison had seven offensive rebounds against the 49ers. It's the most offensive rebounds a player has had in a game this season for the Mean Green and the most since Acheil Tac had eight at FIU on Feb. 18, 2016. Ellison is averaging nearly three times as many rebounds per game this season than what she was averaging for her career. Ellison is on pace to finish the season with 180 rebounds, 62 more than what she finished with last year, which was a season-high for her.
PTS: Bradley (11.9) PTS: Simms (25.1)
REB: Ellison (6.3) REB: Young (11)
AST: Criner (3.75) AST: Simms (3)
OLD DOMINION SCOUTING REPORT
Senior Jennie Simms has taken 216 shots this season. The next most on the Old Dominion team is 127. But when you make nearly 50 percent of those 216 attempts and are averaging 25.1 points per game it's easy to see why she's a big part of their offense.
There's a lot that makes Simms so effective, but her size is what separates her from most guards in college. Simms stands at 6-foot-0 and is strong like a post player. On Nov. 22, Simms scored 33 points in a losing effort at Duke. She made 12 of her 17 shot attempts, including five 3-pointers.
A couple weeks later, she nearly matched that performance with 24 points versus No. 16 Miami. The Monarchs fell to the Hurricanes as well.
However, Simms is not alone on her team. Destinee Young is averaging a double-double a game and leads all Conference USA players with an average of 11 rebounds per game.
At 6-foo-4, Old Dominion's Manaya Jones presents a unique matchup for any team she goes up against. It will be vital that she and Young are not allowed to grab offensive rebounds and give Simms more opportunities to score. North Texas will need an entire team effort to make sure they are boxing out and being aggressive on the glass.
The Monarchs average 17 turnovers per game while only forcing 13 per game. Limiting their second chance opportunities can be the difference maker when you go up against a scorer like Simms and a team that doesn't force many turnovers.