Women’s Basketball Set For First C-USA Road Tilt At Rice

Jan. 9, 2016

Head coach Jalie Mitchell's team has split its first 12 games of the season. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

North Texas Women's Basketball at Rice 
Date | Time   Sunday, January 10 | 2:00 p.m. CT
Location    Houston, TX | Tudor Fieldhouse
Television   American Sports Network (Where To Watch)
  Neil Harwell (PxP), Rich Zvosec (Color)
Live Stats    RiceOwls.com
Radio   Mean Green Radio Network - 88.1 KNTU-FM
  Steven "Poppy" Bartolotta (Play-by-Play), T.C. Greene (Color)
Twitter   @MeanGreenWBB
Game Notes   North Texas | Rice | Conference USA

DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team will open a three-game Conference USA road swing on Sunday, when the 6-6 (1-1) Mean Green travel to Houston to battle Rice (2-11, 1-1). The 2 p.m. tipoff will be nationally broadcast by the American Sports Network. Each team will be playing their first game in a week.

On the Air
• American Sports Network is broadcasting the game nationally. It can be viewed on Dish Network (432) and DirecTV (640), as well as select local stations. See if you get the game here.
• North Texas-Rice can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network (KNTU 88.1 FM) with Steven Bartolotta. Pregame coverage will begin approximately 15 minutes prior to Sunday’s 2 p.m. tipoff.

A Look at the Series
• Both teams are tied in all-time wins, 3-3, including a 1-2 mark for the Mean Green from Houston. North Texas is 2-1 against Rice as members of Conference USA.
• The two squads last faced off February 1 from Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse. It was the Owls that picked up the 58-55 overtime win, clinching the game-winning lead with only 40 seconds to play. In what was a brutal battle in the paint, NT’s Eboniey Jeter had 10 points and 12 rebounds to highlight the thriller.

Scouting Rice
• The Owls enter the matchup with a 2-11 record on the year, the team’s only wins coming against in-state rivals Sam Houston State and UTSA.
• At 1-1 in conference play, Rice comes in at tenth in the Conference USA standings, three spots behind North Texas.
• Last time out: Rice picked up its first league win of the year on January 3, defeating the UTSA Roadrunners 49-48 in overtime. Junior guard Maya Hawkins hit the game-tying jumper with 24 seconds left in the extra period and the Owls then secured a defensive rebound before being fouled with one second remaining. Sophomore guard Wendy Knight would go on to knock down the game-winning free throw.
• The Owls enter Sunday’s matchup with a series of offensive woes. The conference’s lowest scoring offense at 51.8 points per game, Rice is also ranked 14th in field goal percentage (.352) and free throw efficiency (.593)
• Individually, Rice’s unit is led on offense by Shani Rainey and Maya Hawkins, the team’s only double-digit scorers. Rainey’s 11.1 scoring average leads that group, and she also tops the Owls in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and steals (16).

Scouting North Texas
• At 6-6 (1-1), NT comes sits right in the middle of the conference - seventh place.
• The Mean Green returns to the court after falling to UTEP at home, 75-67. North Texas led with about four minutes remaining, but turnovers and a costly 14-6 run for the Miners led to NT’s sixth loss of the season. Teadra Jones and Bria Frierson each scored career highs, notching 19 points and 13 points, respectively.
• North Texas hasn’t played a road game since the team’s 62-55 win at Incarnate Word.
• The Mean Green’s 58-for-169 (.343) clip from deep is good for fourth in the league (65th nationally). Individually, Kelsey Criner is ninth in C-USA for percentage from downtown (.444), while the team’s 34.3 percent clip from behind the 3-point line would be the third-best mark for a single season in team history.
• Junior Candice Adams is eight 3-pointers from moving into tenth on NT’s career makes list.
• Senior Teadra Jones is embracing in her role as a key player for North Texas. After averaging only 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes of play last season, Jones is averaging 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 25.9 minutes per game in 2015-16.
• Senior Acheil Tac continues to lead C-USA in field goal percentage (.613) and defensive rebounding (6.3 rpg). Her overall average of 8.1 boards per contest is good for fifth in the league. Tac has four double-doubles on the year to lead NT.


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