Playing Our Game

(Photo by W. Kendrick)
Jan. 10, 2018

DENTON -- Deja Terrell isn't one to back down.

When the opposition pushes, she's going to push harder.

At times it's gotten her in trouble.

The freshman forward is averaging two fouls every 10 minutes of playing time. 

But Saturday versus Rice, the Oak Cliff native used her competitive nature to have the best game of her young career with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, four rebounds and two steals in just 17 minutes.

Terrell's energy and destructive defensive presence helped to hold the Owls without a field goal in the tightly contested game's final five minutes and 41 seconds.

Thursday, Terrell and the Mean Green look to bring that same energy for all 40 minutes of their home game versus Old Dominion at 7 p.m. 

"I want to win and I'm going to do what is necessary to win," Terrell said. "The last few games have given me confidence by showing me that I can be a real threat to teams that we play and that I can only continue to get better from there."

Ten times in their 12-game non-conference schedule, North Texas held an opponent scoreless for five minutes or longer in a game, including a seven minute and 30-second stretch versus Coastal Carolina.

That tenacious defense helped the Mean Green jump out to a 9-3 start, their best non-conference record in 12 seasons.

North Texas (9-5, 0-2 C-USA) though has begun conference play 0-2. 

Playing five of their first seven Conference USA games against teams that were picked to finish in the top five of the preseason poll isn't easy, but the Mean Green have dominated the second half of their two conference games and posted double digit comebacks in each.

"At times we've gotten away from who we are and who we were at the start of the year," Terrell". "We've let other teams dictate things like pace, especially early in games."



The Mean Green host ODU (2-13, 0-2 C-USA) on Thursday who will also be looking for their first conference win and a boost midway through the year after a rough start to the season.

Terrell and her two fellow UNT freshmen, Trena Mims and Lauren Holmes, make up the conference's top freshman class, averaging the most combined points and rebounds per game.

Thursday, they'll go up against another star freshman in Victoria Morris, who is averaging 12.7 points per game. Furthermore, they'll likely face another zone defense that gave UNT fits on Saturday versus Rice. 

"We need to be us," Terrell said. "Play our No. 3 nationally ranked defense and turn it into offense so we can produce."

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