Tick Tock: Women's Basketball to Host Minutewomen
Mean Green Up Against UMass in Hospitality Hill Challenge
DENTON -- One week into the 2014-15 season, the North Texas women's basketball team is 0-2 and still looking for its first victory.
The Mean Green will look to put one in the win column November 21 at 7 p.m. when UMass comes to the Super Pit. The game is part of Day 1 of the Hospitality Hill Challenge, and will come approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of Florida State vs. Eastern Illinois, which begins at 5 p.m.
There are two glaring reasons why North Texas is without a win, namely an offense that is averaging only 45 points per game and a dismal 44-percent team free throw percentage. However, there have also been some great things to come out of the first two games, like a suffocating defense that has allowed only 49.5 points per game and the emergence of forward Eboniey Jeter, who is averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds.
If you talk with head coach Mike Petersen, the positives clearly outweigh the negatives at this point, and he is confident that things will turn around soon for the Mean Green on the offensive end of the court.
"Frankly, I don't have a real big issue with how we've played... I'm not happy at all with being 0-2, but I'm really not unhappy with how we've played," he explained. "We need to keep doing what we're doing, keep getting better and make some free throws. If we're just shooting a normal percentage right now, we're 2-0."
Part of that turnaround will have to come from familiar faces. Along with Jeter, forward Briesha Wynn is leading North Texas on the offensive and defensive ends. The senior from Fort Worth is averaging 12.5 points and eight rebounds per contest on the short season, and the Mean Green will need her to continue to be the team leader, on and off the court.
Meanwhile, the Minutewomen come to Denton with a 1-2 overall record, fresh off a 68-60 win over Maine, in which they shot 57.1-percent from the field, including a 68.4-percent mark in the second half. According to Petersen's scouting report, North Texas will have a touch matchup with UMass, led by fifth year head coach Sharon Dawley.
"They've been showing a lot of zone, so we'll have to have a really efficient zone offensive operation," Petersen said. "I thought our zone offense was good against Southern Arkansas, but that was two weeks ago now and we haven't seen any zone since."