Fourth Quarter Comeback Rematch
North Texas Looks To Beat ODU For A Second-Straight Time
NORFOLK, V.A. — When the North Texas women’s basketball team matched up against Old Dominion on January 1st, the Mean Green had one of their best all-around performances of the season.
Saturday, North Texas (6-13, 3-5 C-USA) travels to the Monarchs’ Ted Center looking to end a two-game skid. Saturday’s game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM and on CUSA.tv.
North Texas had four players score in double figures on New Years Day against Old Dominion (9-10, 4-4 C-USA). On defense they forced a conference play high 26 turnovers. The Mean Green actually only led for nine minutes of the game and trailed by four headed into the fourth quarter, but scored 25 points, made three 3-pointers and were 10-of-10 from the free throw line as they pulled away for the 65-55 win at home.
A major key to the win was a successful defensive game plan that held ODU’s Jennie Simms — the nation’s second leading scorer — to 11 points below her then season average. Simms scored just 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting and turned the ball over nine times. Simms, who also leads the nation in free throws made, only went to the line four times against North Texas, making six of her eight attempts.
Saturday, stopping Simms will still be the priority for the Mean Green but the Monarchs are also one of the best rebounding teams in the country, averaging over 40 a game. ODU’s Destinee Young is the conference’s leading rebounder at 11 per game.
North Texas and Charlotte played a similar game to their first go around back in December. The Mean Green jumped out to a double-digit lead at the end of the first quarter but went cold in the later quarters while the 49ers’ offense heated up. Despite senior Terra Ellison recording her second career double-double — both against Charlotte — the Mean Green lost 66-49 on the road.
Freshman Madi Townley had a breakout game the last time the Mean Green and Monarchs played. Townley played a season-high 32 minutes and helped the Mean Green score 20 second chance points as she grabbed nine rebounds, five of which were offensive. Townley hadn’t played more than 21 minutes in a game prior to their game with Old Dominion, but since then, she’s seen an increase in playing time.
Against Charlotte on Thursday, senior Candice Adams became the 17th North Texas women’s basketball player to score 800 career points. She is 18 points behind No. 16 on the program’s all-time scoring list Marlo Maryak (1987-91).
Senior Terra Ellison is three rebounds shy of setting a career-high for rebounds in a single season. Last season, Ellison finished the year with 119 rebounds, besting her sophomore total of 61. Ellison is averaging more than twice as many rebounds per game than she did her sophomore or freshman seasons. Ellison is two offensive rebounds away from surpassing her total from last year of 45.