Building Chemistry On The Road
North Texas Heads To Tucson For It's Fourth Consecutive Road Game
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Mean Green head to the University of Arizona Tuesday for their fourth consecutive road game in less than 12 days.
Due to nine newcomers, North Texas (0-3, 0-0 C-USA) has been working on building chemistry while also on the road. Tuesday, at 12:00 p.m. CT, the Mean Green will get another road test as they face a talented Wildcats (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) team that has shot the ball extremely well in their previous games.
In all three games this season, the Mean Green have gone with a different starting lineup in search of that right combination and matchup. They’ve received noticeable offensive contribution from newcomers Tyara Warren and Terriell Bradley who combined to score 38 points against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Friday. Fellow transfer Micayla Buckner has been a force grabbing rebounds and as expected senior point guard Kelsey Criner is leading fast breaks.
Where North Texas has gotten in trouble is with slow starts.
In fact, in all three games North Texas has fallen behind early.
Saturday, they trailed Omaha 12-2 early in the game and while for most of the game never fell much further behind, they also were never able to get much closer.
Encouraging for head coach Jalie Mitchell has been the effort in the second half. Against UTRGV, the Mean Green scored 44 points in the second half after only 25 in the first. They also shot the ball 10 percent better in the second half. However, the Vaqueros lead to start the game was just too much as they came away with the five-point win.
Tuesday, North Texas won’t be able to afford to fall behind early as Arizona has shot over 45 percent in its two games this season and over 40 percent for 3-pointers. In their most recent game, the Wildcats came from behind against George Mason with 3-point shooting. They made 10 3-pointers against George Mason.
With nearly no time to catch their breaths from their last game, Tuesday is an opportunity for the Mean Green to continue to build chemistry, develop roles with the newcomers and earn a victory over a tournament contending team.
How To Follow Along
- On the radio KNTU 88.1 with John Liddle
- In five previous meetings, North Texas has never defeated Arizona.
Senior Candice Adams and Arizona senior LaBrittney Jones were high school teammates at Cedar Hill and remain close friends.
- Redshirt sophomore Terriell Bradley was high school teammates with Arizona guard/forward Jalea Bennett at Mansfield Timberview and their family houses are just around the corner from one another.
Senior Terra Ellison is on track to finish the season with 188 rebounds. Last season she set a career-high with 118.
- Senior Kelsey Criner is on pace to finish the season with 84 steals, which would be the fourth most in program history.