Mean Green Sweep C-USA Weekly Women's Basketball Awards
Bradley Wins Player of the Week, Holmes Wins Freshman of the Week
DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team ended a successful week of games by sweeping the Conference USA weekly awards.
Mean Green guard Terriell Bradley was named C-USA’s Player of the Week after averaging 26 points in the two games combined and making a conference and school record nine consecutive 3-pointers at FIU on Thursday. Fellow guard Lauren Holmes was named C-USA’s Freshman of the Week for her 18-point, nine-rebound performance at Florida Atlantic in a come from behind victory on Sunday.
It’s Bradley’s second player of the week honor this season and it is Holmes’ third freshman of the week award.
“I am proud of the fact that we swept the conference awards this week,” said head coach Jalie Mitchell. “That is representative of a total team effort, which is the only way we will continue to win and achieve.”
The two awards come after North Texas beat the Panthers on Thursday by 46 points, the largest road win in school history and the biggest win in the last 16 years. The Mean Green concluded their Florida trip by beating FAU by 14 points on Sunday.
Bradley led the Mean Green to the 92-46 win over FIU by scoring a career-high 32 points and making 9-of-10 from deep. Her nine 3-pointers in the game is a school-record and her nine consecutive made 3-pointers is a conference and school record. The NCAA women’s basketball record is 10 in a row.
“Terriell Bradley probably had the best showing of her collegiate career this past week,” Mitchell said. “The maturity and efficiency in her game has been on full display as she has been our most consistent performer this season.”
Bradley has now scored 20 or more points in 14 games this season and scored in double figures in 11 straight games.
Her 21.3 point per game average in conference games is the third highest and her 32-point performance at FIU is tied for the second highest in conference games.
“She allows the game to come to her and in her record-breaking night you could tell she was simply in her own zone,” Mitchell said. “She is focused and a lot of fun to watch.”
The freshman Holmes led a 14-point Mean Green comeback on Sunday at FAU by making four 3-pointers and scoring 18 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Holmes’ defense and hustle brought North Texas back from an early double-digit deficit. Holmes ended the first quarter by making five straight points that began a turn in momentum.
“She stepped in and knocked down some shots that changed the whole game for us, and she did so with complete confidence and comfort,” Mitchell said.
Holmes had been held under 10 points in her last seven games played and typically was held under five shot attempts. She had also dealt with injuries and illness over the past few weeks while adjusting to everything that comes along with a freshman season.
“Lauren has dealt with the challenges a freshman year can bring and bounced back in a big way this week,” Mitchell said. “There’s no doubt that Lauren makes a difference for us with her energy and playmaking ability on the defensive end also.”
In the second quarter, she had five points and five rebounds that brought UNT within three points at the half. In the third quarter, she led a North Texas defensive charge that held the Owls scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half. Holmes finished the game with three steals.
North Texas is back at the Super Pit on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. to host Southern Miss. It’s the Mean Green’s Play4Kay game and it’s a double-header with the men’s games.