Women’s Basketball Closes Out Road Swing At Texas State

Nov. 20, 2015

Junior point guard Kelsey Criner has come up big for the Mean Green so far this season. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

North Texas Women's Basketball vs. Texas State 
Date | Time   Saturday, November 21 | 2:00 p.m. CT
Location    San Marcos, TX | Strahan Coliseum (7,200)
Live Stats    Texas State StatBroadcast
Stream   Texas State Bobcats All-Access ($) 
Twitter   @MeanGreenWBB

SAN MARCOS, Texas — North Texas closes out a two-game road swing at Texas State on Saturday afternoon, coming off a historic 61-57 win over No. 17 Oklahoma in Norman this past Monday. It was not only the first career win for Jalie Mitchell as head coach, but it was also the first win over a ranked opponent in women’s basketball program history.

“We’re ready to get back out there and everybody is ready to see how we bounce back after a win like that,” Mitchell said. “A win like that gives you a ton of confidence. I have stressed with our team that you have to show up like that every day against every opponent.

“It’s hard on the road. It’s going to be hard anywhere you go. It may not be the No. 17 team in the country, but there’s still going to be a quality team and there’s a home-court advantage everywhere you go. Those teams are used to shooting on their rims and playing in their arenas, and we have to show up and play. We have to bring the same energy, intensity and focus to those games as we did against Oklahoma.”

The Mean Green (1-1) has continued to receive big play from juniors Terra Ellison and Kelsey Criner. Ellison leads the team in scoring averaging 16.0 points per game, while Criner leads the team in rebounding averaging 7.0 boards per game, to go along with 7.5 points per game.

Ellison and Criner were two of four players to score in double figures against Oklahoma, with Ellison leading the way with 15 points and Criner coming through with a go-ahead basket, breaking a 57-57 tie and then coming up with a quick steal and making two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the upset win over the Sooners.

“Confidence is everything,” Mitchell said. “It makes you feel sure of yourself going forward. We finished the game against Oklahoma with five guards out on the floor against their bigs. That was important for our guards to know that even if our posts are in trouble that we still have people who are able to step up and finish the job.”

Texas State (1-1), like North Texas, enters the matchup with a 1-1 record, with an 87-50 loss at Texas A&M in the season opener, followed by a 52-44 win over St. Edwards in the home opener this past Sunday.

“I know that they’re good at home,” said Mitchell of Texas State. “I know that they play hard and they’re going to come out and try to punch us. We have to be able to take the punch and punch back. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a competitive game. Its’ going to be a fight and I hope we can come out victorious.”

About the Opponent: Texas State
• Saturday will be the 32nd all-time meeting between North Texas and Texas State, with the Bobcats leading the series 20-11, including an 88-83 win when they last played against each other during the 2012-13 season.
• Texas State finished with a 17-15 record in 2014-15, which included its second tournament win in the Sun Belt Conference and a second consecutive trip to the Women’s Basketball Invitational this past season.
• The Bobcats were picked sixth of 11 teams in the Sun Belt Conference preseason coaches poll, and Ayriel Anderson was named to the All-SBC preseason second team.
• Taeler Deer and Kaitlin Walla recorded the first double-digit scoring games of the season for Texas State, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win over St. Edward’s.
• Texas State is 38-22 at home under fifth-year head coach Zenarae Antoine.


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