Women's Basketball Hopes to Upend Young Owls
Nine-Game Losing Skid vs. Florida Atlantic on the Line
DENTON — Since Florida Atlantic joined the Sun Belt for the 2006-07 season, the Owls and the Mean Green women's basketball team have played 10 times. After winning the first two meetings, North Texas has dropped eight straight to the squad hailing from Boca Raton, Florida. The Mean Green will try to punch back against the Owls February 19, when the two teams tip off at the Super Pit at 7 p.m. in a Conference USA battle.
One dynamic to look out for in this matchup is one of youth against veterans; out of the 13 players on Florida Atlantic (11-12, 5-7), eight are freshman, three are sophomores and two are juniors. According to the Owls website, they are the youngest team in Division I basketball, with 62-percent of the team being composed of freshmen. On the flip side, North Texas (3-20, 2-10) is split down the middle with six upperclassmen and six underclassmen.
An underclassman to look out for on the Mean Green will be sophomore Terra Ellison. The guard from The Colony had one of her worst games of the season against Western Kentucky, shooting 2-15 for only four points. But since then, Ellison has bounced back tremendously, shooting 12-20 over her last three games en route to an efficient 8.7 points per game. In addition, she has grabbed three or more rebounds in nine consecutive games.
Meanwhile, be on the lookout for senior Briesha Wynn to make an appearance sometime this weekend. The forward from Fort Worth has missed three consecutive games with an ankle injury, but she is eyeing a return to the court soon. It would be important for North Texas to get its leading scorer and rebounder back in action, especially against a Florida Atlantic team that ranks 317th and 321st in the NCAA in scoring defense and rebound margin, respectively.
The Owls also have a banged up star, as junior Ali Gorrell has missed the team's last two games with a foot injury. The guard leads Florida Atlantic with 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and is second on the team with 13.5 points per game. She is questionable for Thursday night's contest.