VIDEO: Mean Green Talk Expectations And Further Improvement

DENTON -- With less than three weeks until North Texas women's basketball travels to Little Rock, Arkansas, for the start of the Preseason WNIT, the Mean Green welcomed local media to the Super Pit to preview the coming season.

Last year under first year head coach Jalie Mitchell, North Texas more than doubled its win total from the previous season. They return three of its top four scorers and in addition to four freshmen they also welcome four newcomers who are all expected to play considerable roles this season. 

Wednesday, Mitchell and seniors Kelsey Criner and Terra Ellison talked about expectations and continued improvements. 

Head Coach Jalie Mitchell

On starting rotation:

"I expect all the newcomers to at least contend for a starting position. We're at a point right now where we have at least eight people who in my mind could start. (Of those eight) I don't know who that'll be right now, but we'll find out soon." 

On if the culture has continued to change from last year:

"Culture is culture and if it keeps changing then it's not culture. What we started with last year in building a culture of hard work and family and consistency and pride and commitment stands. They have to stand every year in order for us to be successful." 



On the newcomers:

"It's a little different with so many newcomers. We didn't have the experience last year that we have this year. So we are a totally different team. We'll be able to do a whole lot more as a team. I think it's just a matter of how quickly our newcomers can come along."

Senior Point Guard Kelsey Criner

On if the talent level of the team has improved with the newcomers:

"Most definitely. Everybody does something different. And that's what we need. Everybody is going to bring something different to the table, whether it's scoring, playing defense, rebounding, many people can contribute in many different ways."

Senior Guard/Forward Terra Ellison 

On if she believes the team can take another big step forward this season:

"Yes. I have a lot of confidence in this team this year. I know we have a lot on our backs, but we can handle it well and can continue to improve the program and do a whole lot better than we did last year, because we have a lot more talent. I think we'll make a lot of noise this year."

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