The Journey: Women’s Hoops Season Begins With Exhibition

Nov. 5, 2015

DENTON - It has been almost seven months since Jalie Mitchell stepped in as the eighth coach in North Texas women’s basketball history, and in that time she has heard just about every reason why the Mean Green shouldn’t be able to compete this season. 

But the first-year head coach is less concerned with the results of years past than focusing on what her team can do to improve in the 2015-16 season, a campaign that officially gets underway when North Texas matches up against Denton’s own Texas Woman’s University in an exhibition game this Saturday at 2 p.m.

“All the talk about the past just adds fuel to the fire,” Mitchell said. “I know the team is looking forward to stepping on the court in front of fans and they’re eager to prove this isn’t the same team that’s been here.”

The Mean Green skipper is right about that - this is not the same team that took the court a year ago. In fact, there are more newcomers than returning letterwinners on this year’s squad, hinting at the change of identity already taking place in Denton.

The roster in Mitchell’s first year will be a limited one. After accounting for injuries and NCAA transfer regulations, only nine eligible players will be available at season’s start.

While the head coach’s inaugural year at the helm is sure to be full of highs and lows, the North Texas hall-of-famer knows her team must perform on the court if the perception of the program is to change anytime soon.

“If we want people to stop talking about last year or the years before that, we have to give them something to talk about,” Mitchell said. “We have to show them who North Texas is.”

For Mitchell and the rest of North Texas women’s basketball, the journey starts on Saturday.


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