Women's Basketball In For First Road Test Of Year At #17 OU
Mean Green Set To Take On Sooners At 7 p.m. In Norman
|North Texas Women's Basketball vs. #17/18 Oklahoma|
|Date | Time||Monday, November 16 | 7:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Norman, OK | Lloyd Noble Center|
|Television||Fox College Sports (Central) - Chad McKee (PxP), Dan Hughes (Analyst)|
|Stream||Sooner Sports TV ($)|
|Radio||MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM - Steven "Poppy" Bartolotta (PxP)|
|Game Notes||North Texas | Oklahoma|
NORMAN, Okla. - Three days after opening its season versus San Francisco, the North Texas women’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season for a tough matchup with a nationally-ranked Sooner team in Norman. Oklahoma (1-0) comes in at No. 17 in the AP Poll and will own a 21-2 all-time series lead when Monday’s game tips off at 7 p.m. from the Lloyd Noble Center.
What You Need To Know
• North Texas is trying to turn the tide on a rocky road record from last season. In 13 games played away from the Super Pit in 2014-15, the Mean Green won only one of those, coming on December 14 against UMKC.
• Monday’s game follows a matchup between North Texas and Oklahoma in Denton last year. In that game, the Mean Green couldn’t get anything going as the team finished the night with 39 points, it’s second-lowest output of the season. Current senior Teadra Jones led all returning letter winners with six points in 17 minutes.
• The Mean Green is coming off a 69-61 loss to San Francisco in the first game of the season. Despite the loss, North Texas erased a 16-point deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead, but foul trouble proved costly for the home team. Terra Ellison was the team’s leading scorer with 17 points, while sophomore Bria Frierson set career highs in points (8), rebounds (8) and blocks (5)
• North Texas is shooting well from the charity stripe so far this season. The team put together a 15-of-18 outing in its first game against San Francisco, contributing in no small part to the Mean Green’s ability to climb back from a double-digit deficit.
• Junior Candice Adams hasn’t been afraid to fire from deep early on in 2015. In the team’s exhibition win over Texas Woman’s, Adams went 3-of-8 from three-point range. She followed that performance up with four three-pointers on 10 attempts against San Francisco.
A Look at the Sooners
• Oklahoma is coming off a 21-12 season in 2014-15. The Sooners finished second in the Big 12 and advanced to its 16th consecutive NCAA Tournament. Four starters return from that team, including the reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year Gabbi Ortiz and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Peyton Little
• North Texas will be looking to do what few have done over the last two seasons. Since the 2013-14 season, OU has won 16 of the last 17 games on its home court, averaging 75.9 points per game and outscoring opponents by an average of 16.2 points.
• The Sooners are coached by Sherri Coale. Now in her 20th season with the team, Coale is Oklahoma’s winningest coach, as she has collected a 421-206 record during her time in Norman. Oklahoma is 21-2 all-time versus North Texas and has taken the last 13 meetings.