Mean Green Face Southern Miss And Its Press
North Texas Looks To Sweep The Golden Eagles
HATTIESBURG, MS. — The North Texas women’s basketball team will look to bounce back after ending its five-game winning streak at Louisiana Tech Thursday night.
The Mean Green (11-15, 8-7 C-USA) are at Southern Miss (19-9, 11-5 C-USA) for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. It will be aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM.
North Texas struggled to find an offensive flow on Thursday and it cost them what had been the longest winning streak in program history since the 2012-13 season. Its three-game road-winning streak, which was also snapped, was the longest road-winning streak since 2005.
With three games remaining on the schedule before the C-USA Championship in Birmingham, Ala., North Texas has an excellent opportunity to rebound Saturday in what will be its final road game. The Mean Green are taking on a Southern Miss team that currently is tied for third in the conference standings and has won its last five games in a row. North Texas shouldn’t be afraid of the Golden Eagles, though, as they beat USM by 13 points on Jan. 19 in Denton.
In their previous meeting, North Texas more than handled Southern Miss’ full court press that gets them an average of 22 forced turnovers per game. On top of that, the Mean Green knocked down a season-high 10 3-pointers and stayed out of foul trouble.
A win Saturday against the Golden Eagles could push North Texas into a tie for sixth place with Charlotte, headed in to the final week of regular season games.
North Texas led early at Louisiana Tech but could hang on as the Lady Techsters held the Mean Green to 25 percent shooting in the second half and made 15 more free throws than them to win 65-49 in the Thomas Assembly Center. The loss was North Texas’ second this season to La Tech. Their 16 assists in the game, however, were the second most they’ve had in a game this season. Sophomore Tyara Warren had a career-high six assists.
Southern Miss isn’t tall. Its starting five doesn’t feature a player over 6-foot and they for the most part won’t play anyone that tall off the bench either. But they use their athleticism to their advantage with a signature pressure defense. Southern Miss beat Middle Tennessee earlier this year by forcing the Blue Raiders’ senior point guard and Conference USA Player of the Year nominee Ty Petty to turn it over constantly. Guard Brittany Dinkins, who is averaging over 18 points per game and scored 22 against North Texas in their earlier meeting, leads the Golden Eagles. Dinkins is a 3-point threat but the Mean Green are the conference’s top team at defending the deep shot.
North Texas senior Candice Adams has made exactly 100 3-pointers over the last two seasons. It is tied for the most 3-pointers made in consecutive seasons in Mean Green history. Adams’ 51 made 3-pointers this season is already a single season high for her and is the eighth most 3-pointers made in a single season in program history. Her previous high was 49, which she accomplished last season.