Mean Green Host Southern Miss In A Double-Header
North Texas Hosts Southern Miss Thursday At 5 p.m.
DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team returns to the Super Pit on Thursday for a midweek double-header with the Mean Green men’s basketball team.
Thursday, UNT hosts the Southern Miss Lady Eagles at 5:00 p.m.
North Texas is coming off a very successful road trip to South Florida where the Mean Green (13-10, 4-7 C-USA) beat FIU by 46 points, the largest margin of victory in a road game in school history. They then came from 14 points down to beat Florida Atlantic by 14 points on Saturday in Boca Raton, Florida.
The Mean Green capped off their week by sweeping the Conference USA weekly awards. Guard Terriell Bradley was named the conference’s player of the week for a second time this season while freshman Lauren Holmes was named the conference’s freshman of the week for a third time this season.
Bradley averaged 26 points per game and made a C-USA and school record nine consecutive 3-pointers at FIU. Holmes was instrumental in the Mean Green’s comeback at FAU. Holmes scored 18 points, had nine rebounds and was a defensive stopper.
Thursday’s matchup with Southern Miss (13-10, 5-5 C-USA) is crucial for the team looking to gain ground in the conference standings as they head down the home stretch of the schedule.
The Mean Green and the Lady Eagles split their series last season but Thursday will be the only time they meet in the regular season this year. UNT has won their last two home meetings against Southern Miss.
Thursday’s game for the women will be their annual Play4Kay game. The Mean Green will wear pink uniforms and honor breast cancer survivors.
They will also honor Bradley who on Thursday at FIU scored her 1,000th career point. Bradley enters Thursday’s game with 1,037 career points. She has scored in double figures in 11 straight games and has scored 20 or more points 14 times this season. Furthermore, Bradley has been the game’s leading scorer for five straight games.
Southern Miss has had an up-and-down conference season. The Lady Eagles had three consecutive impressive wins in mid January. USM beat LA Tech at home by 15 and then went on the road to first-place UAB and beat them by 17 points and then beat historic conference power Middle Tennessee on the road by eight points.
However, since the calendar changed to February Southern Miss has seen a slip. They’ve lost two of its last three and on Saturday they fell at home to Old Dominion by 19 points.
A win Thursday for the Mean Green would inch them one game closer to guaranteeing a winning season, something that North Texas hasn’t accomplished since the 2005-06 team went 19-9.
The 13 wins is one more than they had all of last year. Under third-year head coach Jalie Mitchell the Mean Green have improved on the previous season’s record each year.