Mean Green Host First Place Western Kentucky
North Texas Hopes To Carry Momentum Into Postseason
DENTON -- The North Texas women's basketball team returns to the Super Pit for its final set of regular season games after being away for nearly a month.
They begin the season finale two-game home stand with the conference's top standing team Western Kentucky on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM.
The Mean Green (11-16, 8-8 C-USA) punched their ticket to the C-USA Championship two weeks ago but have a tremendous opportunity on Thursday to carry momentum into next week's tournament. The Lady Toppers (22-6, 14-2 C-USA) are in first place of the Conference USA standings and have won seven games in a row headed into the game at the Super Pit.
North Texas is back home after a four game road trip, its longest since the first four games of the season. The Mean Green split their past four games, winning the first two and losing the last two. The Mean Green are currently in eighth place of the standings and sit just one game out seventh place, which is currently held by UT- San Antonio, who North Texas owns the tiebreaker over. The Mean Green are also within reach of sixth place, currently occupied by Old Dominion, who the Mean Green also hold the tiebreaker over.
On Saturday, North Texas lost 70-48 at Southern Miss in its last true road game of the season. The Mean Green fell behind early but fought their way back until a late first quarter run by the Golden Eagles pushed the lead. North Texas struggled to score and maintain possession. Southern Miss scored almost a third of its total points off turnovers.
Picked by the conference's coaches in the preseason poll to finish first, Western Kentucky hasn't let the prediction down yet. The Lady Toppers are a discipline team that's averaging the most points per game (75.5) of C-USA teams while also holding opponents to an average of 62.4 points per game. WKU is led by redshirt senior Kendall Noble who is currently the only Division I player in the nation averaging at least 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the season. WKU is 1-4 this season in games when it commits as many or more turnovers than its opponents. However, that doesn't happen often. In their most recent game, the Lady Toppers had six total turnovers. Their two losses this season in conference came at UTSA and at Charlotte.
Over the last five games, senior Candice Adams has averaged three made 3-pointers a game. She's increased her season total to 54 made 3-pointers, a career-best. With at least three more games to play, Adams is 12 3-pointers away from the most made in a single season in program history. Her 54 made 3-pointers are currently tied for seventh most. She is just two 3-pointers away from fourth. Her 103 combined made 3-pointers over the last two seasons are the most 3-pointers made in consecutive seasons by a North Texas women's basketball player.