Mean Green Host SMU On Annual D.I.S.D. Day
North Texas Looks For First 5-1 Start Since 2005-06 Season
Riding a two-game winning streak, the Mean Green return to the Super Pit with the opportunity to win their fifth game before the month of December, something the program has only done once since 1981.
North Texas (4-1) is back from a successful San Juan Shootout tournament where they were undefeated. Behind back-to-back 20-plus point performances from guard Terriell Bradley, UNT defeated Coastal Carolina 50-34 on Thursday and Detroit Mercy 63-57 on Friday.
In the two games combined, Bradley scored 42 points and tied her career-high on Friday with 22 points.
North Texas vs. SMU
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. (CT)
TV: CUSA.TV (John Liddle)
Radio: KNTU 88.1 FM (John Liddle)
The Mustangs (3-4) recently played in the Nugget Classic in Reno, Nevada. At the Nugget Classic, SMU split its two games, defeating UC Riverside on Friday and losing to host school Nevada on Sunday.
SMU is led by redshirt junior guard McKenzie Adams who is averaging 22.7 points per game and on Sunday dropped 35 points versus the Wolf Pack.
Through seven games, Adams has taken 132 shot attempts, which is 32.9 percent of the Mustangs 401 total attempts. Guard Kiara Perry has taken the next most attempts at 66.
Friday marked the third time in Bradley's career that she has scored 22 points. The first time came last season at SMU in a 65-51 defeat to a Mustangs team that finished with 19 wins and reached the third-round of the WNIT.
Freshman Lauren Holmes has scored 57 points and recorded 34 rebounds through her first five games. In comparison, last season's four freshmen combined had only scored 38 points and grabbed 24 rebounds through the first five games of the year. Also in comparison, in 2013 when 2017 UNT graduate Candice Adams, the Mean Green's only top-100 high school recruit was a freshman, she had only scored 21 points and had eight rebounds in her first five games. Since 1998, only Alexis Hyder and Jalie Mitchell have scored more points through their first five games than Holmes. Both Mitchell and Hyder were named all-conference their freshmen seasons.
Terriell Bradley scored 20 points on Nov. 23 versus Coastal Carolina and 22 points on Nov. 24 versus Detroit Mercy. The 22-point performance tied a career-best for Bradley and it was the first time in her career (both at UNT and KU) that she had 20-plus scoring outings in consecutive games. The most points she had scored in consecutive games previously was 37 when she scored 19 versus FIU on Feb. 11, 2017 and then 18 at UTEP on Feb. 16, 2017.
The last UNT women's basketball player to score at least 20 points in consecutive games was BreAnna Dawkins (`15) who scored 24 versus FAU on Feb. 19, 2015 and then 21 points versus FIU on Feb. 21, 2015. The last Mean Green women's basketball player to score at least 20 points in three straight games was Loryn Goodwin in 2013. A then freshman, Goodwin scored 26 points versus FIU on Feb. 9, 2013, 28 points at ULM on Feb. 14, 2013 and then 20 points at Troy on Feb. 16, 2013.
Head coach Jalie Mitchell emphasizes defense over everything else. Through five games, UNT is No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense, giving up an average of 47.2 points per game thus far. Additionally, UNT opponents are only shooting 30.8 percent against the Mean Green, which is the second lowest in the country. Only Green Bay's 30.5 is better than North Texas. Forcing turnovers has been key for the Mean Green in their first five games. They have a turnover margin of +8.0, which is the 13th best in the country.