Women Continue Home Stand In Hospitality Hill Tournament

Dec. 3, 2015


Head coach Jalie Mitchell picked up her first home win against SMU and will look for more this weekend. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)

Hospitality Hill Tournament
Location    Denton, TX | The Super Pit
Tournament Page   Hospitality Hill Tournament Central
Radio   MGRN - 88.1 KNTU-FM - Steven "Poppy" Bartolotta (PxP)
Twitter   @MeanGreenWBB
North Texas Women's Basketball vs. Weber State
Date | Time   Friday, December 4 | 7:00 p.m. CST
Live Stats    Mean Green Stats
Stream   Mean Green All-Access ($)
Game Notes   North Texas | Weber State
North Texas Women's Basketball vs. IUPUI
Date | Time   Saturday, December 5 | 2:30 p.m. CST
Live Stats   Mean Green Stats
Stream   Mean Green All-Access ($)


DENTON - Fresh off its first home win of the season, the North Texas women’s basketball team looks to add to the victory column in its annual Hospitality Hill Tournament, taking place at the Super Pit this weekend. The Mean Green will face off with Weber State at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4, before taking on the Jags of IUPUI at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5.

Adding to its 2-3 overall record won’t be an easy task for the tournament hosts, as North Texas’s two opponents enter the weekend with a collective 9-2 record on the season.

Weber State has picked up wins over Bethesda, Denver, Cal State Fullerton and Portland so far on the year. The Wildcats average 61.2 points per contest, but its the team’s defense that will be a tough matchup as it gives up only 50.8 points per game. Sophomore Kailie Quinn leads the way for Weber offensively. At 14.2 points per contest, Quinn’s 18 made three-pointers (3.6 per game) is good for 12th in the NCAA. Overall, Weber State is shooting .402 on the year.

The two sides will face off for only the third time on Friday. The previous two matchups took place in 2003, with each team taking a win. The Mean Green won the only time these teams faced off at the Super Pit.

As for IUPUI, the Jaguars will be riding plenty of momentum into Denton. At 5-1 on the season, the Jags are tied for the program’s best start with a chance to make history over the weekend. A potent IUPUI offense averages 78.7 points per game, and the team has won its last three outings by a combined 148 points.

Four players average at least 10 points for Saturday’s opponent, led by preseason All-Summit league pick Akilah Sims who has gone for 12.2 points per game in six starts this season. Junior center Mikale Rogers holds it down in the paint, averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest.

The North Texas-IUPUI series will get a clean start with Saturday’s game, as the teams have never faced off.

Noteworthy

• Junior transfer Kelsey Criner has emerged as the team’s primary point guard in 2015, and she hasn’t taken long to turn heads. The Dallas native dropped a career-high 17 points in Tuesday’s win over SMU, good for her third double digit scoring outing. On the year, Criner is averaging 10 points, 6.2 boards, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Additionally, she has knocked down go-ahead baskets in the last minute of each Mean Green win this season.

• Junior Terra Ellison has emerged as perhaps the top offensive option on the Mean Green roster this season. After averaging only 5.5 points per game last year, the guard is leading North Texas by scoring 12.2 points per contest. She is shooting 41.7 percent from the field and has scored in double digits in three of the team’s five games so far on the season. Her 37 minutes per game is second in the league.

• Acheil Tac continues to be an all-around weapon for NT after a solid season last year. In addition to her 9 points per game, Tac leads C-USA in shooting percentage with her 62.1 mark from the field. To add to her efficiency, the senior comes in at second in the league for defensive rebounds (6.4 rpg), while her 7.8 rebounding average is good for eighth.

• North Texas tends to outscore opponents while their feet are fresh. In fact, the Mean Green holds a 83-76 advantage in points for first quarters this season, while outnumbering opponents 71-56 in third quarter scoring. Overall, the team’s scoring margin is -2.0.

• Coach Mitchell doesn’t hide the fact that she plans on winning with defensive intensity, and it seems like the perfect fit considering the team’s high-ranking D from a year ago. NT allowed only 61.7 points per game in 2014-15. This year, the Mean Green is giving up a mere 59.6 points per game, which would be the team’s second-best total ever and is currently the third-best mark in C-USA.


• Mitchell and staff added walk-on freshman Orianna Shillow to the Mean Green roster on Nov. 21 against Texas State. Before the addition, NT was left with only nine able bodies for the sea- son. Shillow was a first-team all-district pick for Stony Point High during her senior season while finishing second in team history for three-pointers made in a season (75). She has yet to play in a collegiate game this year.


 

 

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