Mean Green Travel To Middle Tennessee
North Texas Looks To Beat C-USA Preseason Favorite
MURFREESBORO, TENN. -- Thursday, the North Texas women's basketball team heads to the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee to face the Conference USA preseason favorite Blue Raiders.
Thursday's matchup with Middle Tennessee won't just be a test for the Mean Green to see where they currently stack up against a historic C-USA power, it's an opportunity to end nearly 16 years of history and check another box off the team's to-do list this year.
"We want to continue to accomplish a lot of program firsts and things that haven't been done at North Texas in a long time," said junior guard Grace Goodhart. "Winning at Middle Tennessee would be another one of those."
When UNT (11-5, 2-2 C-USA) and the Blue Raiders (10-7, 2-2 C-USA) tip-off Thursday at 6:30 p.m., it will have been 5,839 days since North Texas last won at the Murphy Center.
Just one day shy of exactly 16 years.
Though the team says it hasn't been a focal point in practice leading up to the game what so ever and isn't something they think about too much, if at all, Goodhart did admit it would be a proud achievement.
"First and foremost we want to win the game because it's next on our schedule and obviously as competitors we don't want to lose," Goodhart said. "But similar to beating Charlotte last week (the program's first-ever win over the 49ers), a win at Middle Tennessee is another goal we want to check off our checklist."
Beating the Blue Raiders will be a big task, both figuratively and literally.
Middle Tennessee's primary players are six feet and taller. The Blue Raiders' 6-foot-1 freshman guard Anna Jones is the reigning conference freshman of the week after she nailed eight 3-pointers in the team's 54-45 win at UTEP on Saturday.
The Mean Green's 5-foot-10 Terriell Bradley, the reigning C-USA Player of the Week, will look to keep her hot streak going on the road, which is where she has had some of her best games.
Bradley is averaging 23.3 points and eight rebounds per game in UNT's road games this season.
At Indiana on Dec. 5, Bradley went off for 22 points and 10 rebounds as she reeled the Mean Green back from a double-digit deficit.
North Texas will face Middle Tennessee on ESPN3 on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will also be aired on the Mean Green Radio Network on KNTU 88.1 FM.