Mean Green Travel To UAB For First Conference Road Game
North Texas Looks For First Back-To-Back Conference Win In Two Years
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- North Texas women's basketball is on its first conference road trip and it begins at UAB on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
The Mean Green (4-9, 1-1 C-USA) are looking to build off their 10-point home win over Old Dominion on New Year's Day, which ended a three-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Blazers (7-5, 0-1) are hoping to get back on the winning path after ending their three-game winning streak at the hands of Middle Tennessee on Sunday. Thursday's game will be live streamed on CUSA.TV and on the radio at KNTU 88.1 FM.
Last season in the only game between these two schools, North Texas got the better of UAB 53-51. North Texas' point guard Kelsey Criner sunk a game winning layup in the game's final seconds to seal the home win. It was the fourth time in five games the Mean Green had beaten the Blazers.
If North Texas wins Thursday, it'd be the first time under second-year head coach Jalie Mitchell that the Mean Green won back-to-back Conference USA games. It'd also be just the third time since 2013 North Texas has won two consecutive conference games.
On Sunday, North Texas defeated the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs 65-55 behind a dominate fourth quarter performance. The Mean Green scored 25 points in the quarter and held ODU to just 11. They made all 10 of their free throw attempts, a season-high for a quarter. They also held prolific Lady Monarchs scorer Jennie Simms to nine points below her season average at 14. They also forced her to turn the ball over nine times in the game (full recap).
ANOTHER CAREER-DAY FOR TERRIELL
North Texas redshirt sophomore Terriell Bradley led all scorers last Sunday as she dropped 22 points and grabbed six rebounds versus Old Dominion. Both of those stats tied a career-high for the New Orleans native. Bradley also scored 22 points and had six rebounds at SMU on Nov. 30, 2016. In the win, Bradley played a career-high 38 minutes. She now averages 12.7 points per game, which ranks 14th in C-USA.
FOND MEMORIES AT BARTOW ARENA
The last time North Texas took a trip to Birmingham, Ala., the Mean Green left with a program first. Their win over Florida Atlantic in the C-USA Tournament, hosted at Bartow Arena, was the first win in the tournament in program history. In the 79-74 win over FAU, only seven Mean Green players saw playing time but four of the five starters scored in double figures and one bench player did as well. Since March 5, 2015, the Mean Green have only twice had five or more players score in double figures in a game. The 79 points scored was a season-high for a four quarter game and North Texas shot a better 3-point field goal percentage than FAU, who finished the season as the conference's top 3-point shooting team.
PTS: Bradley (12.7) PTS: Kuzmanic (10.7)
REB: Ellison (6.3) REB: Farmer (7.3)
AST: Criner (3.69) AST: Barnes (3.5)
UAB SCOUTING REPORT
North Texas will face one of the most efficient offensive teams in Conference USA Thursday. The Blazers also have two of the best shooters in the conference.
Their 1.06 assist to turnover ratio is second highest in the conference and they turn the ball over the second-fewest times per game at 14.3. The Blazers can be deadly from 3-point range as well, especially with sophomore Deanna Kuzmanic. The guard has taken 53 3-point field goal attempts this season and has made .528 percent of them, more than .100 points higher than the second-best 3-point shooter in C-USA. Additionally, UAB has Rachael Childress who has taken 6.5 3-point attempts per game this season and made .392 percent of them, which is the fourth highest in C-USA.
North Texas showed how strong the team can be on Sunday when they committed 12 fewer turnovers than Old Dominion. Thursday, the Mean Green will rely on point guard Kelsey Criner and ball handlers such as Terriell Bradley to not let possessions go to waste. The Blazers, unlike ODU, have been good at maintaining possessions and scoring off them. The Mean Green have a considerable size advantage over UAB, but it won't matter if they don't have the ball.