DENTON, Tex. - The North Texas women's basketball team opens the home season up tonight as they host George Washington at the Super Pit at 7 p.m. North Texas is looking to bounce back from Saturday night's loss to SFA to begin the season while George Washington is playing its first game of the regular season.
North Texas and George Washington are meeting for the first time. The Mean Green has faced three teams from the Atlantic 10 throughout the years. The Mean Green is 1-0 against Fordham and Rhode Island and 0-1 against LaSalle. The is the first meeting with a team from the A-10 since 1990 for the Mean Green.
North Texas is 22-11 in its home openers all-time. The Mean Green has won five of its last six home openers and 10 of its last 12 to open the home season at the Super Pit. In the five wins of the past six games North Texas has won those games by an average of 21 points a contest.
The Mean Green had its five-game winning streak to begin the year ended last season by Houston. North Texas hasn't dropped the home opener in two consecutive years since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.
The Mean Green held Stephen F. Austin to 28.2 percent shooting for the game, which is the lowest percentage in the Shanice Stephens era. It lowest field goal percentage that North Texas has held an opponent since Feb. 27, 2007, covering 63 games. Last season North Texas held two teams under 30 percent shooting and won both.
Senior Brittney James inched closer to the 1,000 point mark with 17 points against Stephen F. Austin to start the season. She sits just 946 points away from becoming the 12th player in school history to score 1,000 points.
North Texas dropped its season opening game by 30 points to Stephen F. Austin. It was the third worst loss to start a season for the Mean Green and the worst since the 2006-07 season. North Texas has now lost three straight season opening games dating back to the 2006-07 season.