Bradley Faces Familiar Opponent On Sunday
North Texas Hosts Kansas State
DENTON – As Terriell Bradley sat on the bench of the Super Pit one midweek morning, the Mean Green women’s basketball standout guard gazed out onto the empty court.
“I can picture it,” she said. “Their 2-3 extended zone defense.”
Sitting on North Texas’ bench, Bradley described Kansas State’s defense as if she was watching them practice in front of her.
Sunday, Bradley will suit up and play against the Wildcats for a fourth time looking to breakthrough and beat Kansas State for a first time. More importantly, help lead the Mean Green to a 3-0 start to the 2017-18 season.
“They’re a great program,” Bradley said. “We’re going to have to use our athleticism and be aggressive, attack the gaps and knock down shots to beat them.”
Before transferring to UNT in 2015, Bradley began college at the University of Kansas.
In her one season at KU, Bradley played K-State three times – twice in the regular season and once in the conference tournament.
The Jayhawks were unsuccessful every time.
A then freshman, Bradley didn’t play a huge role in any of the games, never scoring more than seven points, but now as a veteran and the Mean Green’s leading scorer last season, she will be looked upon as North Texas welcomes Kansas State for a 3 p.m. tipoff.
“They’ve made the tournament two years in a row for a reason,” Bradley said. “They’re big and play their system well.”
Back in 2014-15, like Bradley, Kansas State was young and in the infancy of the Jeff Mittie era.
Now in their fourth year under the established head coach, the Wildcats come to Denton with back-to-back second-round NCAA Tournament appearances and are a year removed from winning 23 games.
Bradley, has established herself though too.
The 2017 Preseason All-Conference team member is a vital part to this year’s Mean Green team.
A 5-foot-10 guard who plays everything from point guard to stretch forward, Bradley is a unique matchup and can infuse her way into the game plan however needed. Additionally, she’s shown to make an impact in big games.
Last season at Arizona, Bradley was battling a nagging injury and began the game on the bench.
Despite the injury and not practicing the night before or playing a majority of the first half, Bradley was inserted and led North Texas to the four-point road win with a team-leading 17-point performance.
In the Mean Green’s first two games this season, Bradley has averaged 13 points per game – her 2016-17 season average – and averaged just under five rebounds per game.
But Kansas State will be a different monster.
The Wildcats could potentially have a starting lineup where all five players are listed at six feet and taller.
“We have to play to our strengths, take care of the basketball and communicate,” Bradley said. “Communications will be key.”
For the Mean Green freshmen who have all played a considerable amount in each of the first two games, Sunday will be the toughest competition they’ve faced so far.
On Tuesday, the trio combined for 23 of North Texas’ 64 points.
North Texas’ starting post Micayla Buckner had a career game on Tuesday with 20 points and nine rebounds. The physical Buckner has set new scoring highs in each of the Mean Green’s first two games. Buckner combined with freshman Deja Terrell and Jada Poland led the Mean Green to outscore Texas A&M International on Tuesday 44-2 in the paint.
“It’s going to take the whole team,” Bradley said. “Communication, readiness and being aggressive.”