Mean Green Defense Faces Challenge vs. WKU
Frontcourt Faceoff Will Be Point of Emphasis
DENTON — "Home Sweet Home" has a few different meanings for the North Texas women's basketball team this week.
First of all, the Mean Green has not played at the friendly confines of the Super Pit in 19 days - since a slim loss to Old Dominion on January 17 - but has two home games in the next three days. Western Kentucky comes into town February 5 in the first of the two matchups for a 7 p.m. tip off at North Texas.
That leads into the second reason why "Home Sweet Home" is such an important dynamic for the Mean Green: while North Texas is 6-13 overall against the Lady Toppers, the team is 5-2 in the all-time series at the Super Pit. The last win by the Mean Green came January 11, 2012 in Denton, by a score of 50-42. In that game, Laura McCoy had a game-high 18 points on 6-9 shooting from three-point range.
Even though North Texas boasts one of the best defenses in Conference USA, it will be quite the chore to hold Western Kentucky to 42 points on Thursday. This season, the Lady Toppers lead C-USA in scoring offense at 77.8 points per game on the season. However, in nine conference games, the Lady Toppers are averaging 74 points per game, which is third behind Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.
Oddly enough, Western Kentucky has one of its lowest (mentioned above) and highest (101 in a 48-point win over the Mean Green January 27, 2010 in Bowling Green, Kentucky) scoring games of the past five seasons against North Texas.
In order for the Mean Green to compete underneath against the Lady Toppers' top players - senior forwards Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan - down low, North Texas redshirt sophomore forward Eboniey Jeter will have to continue her strong play. Jeter has grabbed double-digit rebounds in consecutive games, and recorded her third career double-double at Rice with 12 points and 10 boards February 1 in Houston.