Mean Green Go For Five In A Row
Mean Green Face UTSA
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The North Texas women’s basketball team looks to build on its current four-game winning streak and take a step closer to clinching a spot in the 2017 Conference USA Women’s Basketball Championship presented by MetroPCS as they travel to Texas-San Antonio Saturday afternoon.
The Mean Green (10-14, 7-6 C-USA) will go for a program record eighth C-USA win. North Texas takes on the Roadrunners (11-13, 7-6 C-USA) in the Convocation Center at 2 p.m. The game will be aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM.
UTSA and North Texas are tied for seventh in the 14-team standings and the winner of Saturday’s game has the potential to move into a tie for sixth with a loss by Old Dominion. The top four teams in the standings receive a first round bye in the C-USA Championship. Entering Saturday, North Texas sits just two games out of fourth place. Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech are tied for fourth. The Mean Green travel to play Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss next week.
Including Saturday, five games remain on the schedule for North Texas.
During their four game winning streak, the Mean Green have seen a sharp increase in offensive production and have had four of their highest scoring outings. North Texas is averaging 75 points per game during the winning streak. They were averaging 59.5 points per game in 20 games prior. A large contribution to the scoring increase has been offensive efficiency. The Mean Green have cut down on turnovers and own a 45 percent field goal percentage in the last four games. They’re out rebounding their opponents and holding them to an 18 percent 3-point field goal percentage.
North Texas had a gutsy win in El Paso Thursday night. The Mean Green trailed by eight points after the first quarter but climbed their way back in the second quarter behind 14 points from senior Terra Ellison to give them a two-point lead at halftime. The battle continued through the fourth quarter where North Texas made 10 of its final 12 free throw attempts and held the Miners to just 11 points in the quarter to win 75-69.
The win was North Texas’ first ever in El Paso and set a program record for C-USA wins.
UTSA heads into Saturday’s game on a three-game losing streak but the Roadrunners have one of the top offenses in the league, averaging 74.5 points per game in conference games, which is the third highest. During their three-game losing streak they’ve seen a slight dip in offense, averaging 67 points per game.
Defensively, UTSA has given up an average of 69.9 points per game this season. North Texas is 5-0 this season when they score 70 or more points per game.
The Roadrunners lost their most recent game on Thursday to Rice, 66-61.
North Texas is 8-0 this season when the team shoots 44.2 percent or better from the field.
Senior Candice Adams is five 3-pointers away from breaking her career-high for 3-pointers in a season with 50. She’s six 3-pointers away from tying the program record for 3-pointers made in consecutive seasons (100).