Women's BBall Begins Crucial Weekend vs. UTEP

March 4, 2015

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The Last Meeting
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January 2, 2015
El Paso, TX
Women's Basketball Edged by UTEP in C-USA Opener
Even though North Texas played arguably its best game of the season from start to finish, the Mean Green fell in a 60-58 heartbreaker to the UTEP Miners on January 2 at the Don Haskins Center.

DENTON — There is a lot on the line for the North Texas women's basketball team this weekend. Only one game ahead of Rice for the 12th and final spot in the Conference USA Tournament, the Mean Green could clinch a spot with a pair of wins or a pair of losses by the Owls. First up for the team will be UTEP coming to the Super Pit on March 5, which will be Senior Night for three student-athletes, with the ceremony beginning at 6:55 p.m.

In the first meeting between the two teams this season on January 2, the Mean Green lost to the Miners 60-58 in El Paso. A last-second three-point by sophomore Candice Adams brought the game within one, but UTEP iced the game away with a successful inbounds pass and a free throw. Sophomore Terra Ellison had a career-high 14 points on 7-13 shooting and she will look to get back on track Thursday after going three straight games without scoring in double-figures.

Seniors Briesha Wynn, BreAnna Dawkins and Joh'Vonna Darrington will be honored before the 7:05 p.m. tip off. All three have accomplished a lot since transferring to North Texas from TCU, Wichita St. and Weatherford CC, respectively.

In Darrington's first-career Mean Green game, she had a career-high 10 points in a win vs. UMKC. This season, she has made eight starts and has otherwise been a crucial contributor off the Mean Green bench. She leads North Texas with 19 blocks and has had two double-digit rebounding games, grabbing 12 at Southern Miss and 10 at Charlotte.

As a sophomore, Dawkins started all 30 games for North Texas and averaged 10.1 points per game. Over this past summer, she worked extremely hard to recover from a knee injury she suffered in her junior season and has been a rock in the Mean Green lineup as a senior, starting all 27 games so far.

Dawkins is averaging 10.3 points per game and leads North Texas with 65 assists. In a win over FAU, she had career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. After adding 21 points two days later in a win over FIU, she was named Conference USA Player of the Week for the first time in her career. In addition she has earned College Sports Madness Player of the Week honors twice this season.

Wynn made an immediate impact as a leader for the program while playing in all 30 games for North Texas as a junior. She tied for the team lead with 11.3 points and seven rebounds per game. She also led the team in minutes played, total assists and total steals. In a win at FIU, she scored a career-high 21 points. As a senior, she leads the team with 10.7 points per game and has scored in double-figures in 15 of her 23 appearances. She had a career-high 14 rebounds against Denver and has three double-doubles this season.

The second game of the week will be against UTSA at TWU's Kitty Magee Arena on Saturday evening. Tip off will be at 7 p.m., rather than the originally-scheduled 4 p.m. Rice plays the same two teams this weekend in Houston, just as they have all season.


 

 

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