Defensive-Minded Mean Green Face Toughest Test To Date
North Texas Heads To Indiana For First True Road Game
BLOOMINGTON, IN. — The Mean Green women’s basketball team has hit the road for their first true away game of the year and the final leg of a three-game stretch of playing against teams they lost to last year.
North Texas is taking its four-game winning streak and top-notch defense to historic Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall at Indiana University to face a Hoosier team that handed the Mean Green their most lopsided loss all of last season.
The Mean Green will face Indiana at 6:00 p.m. central time on Tuesday. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network Plus or heard on the Mean Green Radio Network KNTU 88.1 FM.
“Last year’s loss was very frustrating,” said junior guard Grace Goodhart. “Especially since it was at home. It was a big game for us and we came up disappointed.”
North Texas (6-1) heads to Bloomington, Indiana, winners of four in a row but more notably winning its most recent two against teams they had lost to a season ago.
UNT defeated SMU 47-40 on Wednesday and beat Tulsa 66-43 on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (4-4) are next and will be North Texas’ toughest test to date.
Indiana is led by its senior point guard Tyra Buss who is averaging 19.8 points per game this season and has scored in double figures 95 times in her illustrious career that currently has her seventh on the Hoosiers’ all-time scoring list with 1,759 points.
She is their engine and will push the tempo as much as possible.
“We need to contain their scorers,” Goodhart said. “They have a lot of solid players so our defense has to be on point.”
In their most recent game against Auburn on Sunday, the Hoosiers committed 23 turnovers, a recipe the UNT defense would love to repeat this coming Tuesday.
The Mean Green’s field goal percentage defense is the best in the country. Opponents are only shooting 29.8 percent against North Texas and opposing teams are only scoring an average of 45.6 points against us, which is second best in the country.
UNT’s defense has forced 21.5 turnovers per game and scoring 20 points per game off the turnovers.
“Our defense is the reason we’ve won so many games,” Goodhart said. “Going into the games knowing our defense is suffocating and knowing we have each other’s backs really has helped our confidence and we believe we can beat anyone.”
Indiana has two wins this season over Conference USA schools. They beat UAB 71-63 and Western Kentucky 73-71.
They have, however, slipped their last few games by losing four of their last five and are currently on a three game losing streak.