Women's BBall Looks for Third Victory in Rainy Ruston
Mean Green Win Would Send Message to Rest of C-USA
RUSTON, La. — Following an 18-day span between road games, the North Texas women's basketball team is in Ruston, Louisiana, today to take on LA Tech. It is a rainy day here in the little college town nearly 300 miles east-southeast of Denton and the Mean Green is hoping that out of the pitter-patter a 3-14 record will sprout from 2-14. The game will begin with a 6:30 p.m. tip off at the Thomas Assembly Center.
North Texas, however, has not had any luck against the Lady Techsters in program history. In six meetings since January 8, 1990, the Mean Green is 0-6 against LA Tech. That mark is tied for the second-worst record against any opponent in Mean Green history; only their 0-11 record vs. Texas is worse, and an 0-6 record against Tulsa is the same.
Last season, LA Tech defeated North Texas twice, both by double digits. At the Super Pit on March 1, the Lady Techsters won by a score of 67-54, and in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament it was a 77-59 final score. In those games, Whitney Frazier averaged 16.5 points and eight rebounds.
This season, LA Tech is led by the senior duo of Frazier and Kelia Shelton, who each average 14.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Shelton does most of her damage from the perimeter (22-66 from three-point range) and getting to the foul line (74-97 on foul shots), while Frazier gets most of her points from around the hoop (93-182 from two-point range).
Even though North Texas averaged only 47.7 points per game in non-conference play, the team has bumped that number up to 51.6 in C-USA action. That is due in large part to the emergence of guard Terra Ellison. She has played at least 15 minutes in seven consecutive games (27.7 per game), and is averaging 7.7 points in those contests. Before this recent string of playing time, the sophomore had scored 25 total points in her collegiate career over 84 minutes in 18 games.