Mean Green, Sooners Meet with Contrasting Styles
Religious Service Precedes Big Matchup Against Oklahoma
DENTON -- One team averages 164.5 points in their games, another averages 104.8; on Sunday they will meet at the Super Pit. It will be a true clash of styles when the North Texas women's basketball team hosts Oklahoma December 7 at 11 a.m. It is the first time a Power 5 school to come to Denton since No. 16 Texas A&M last season.
The key to this game will be which team can instill its preferred way of play. The Sooners like to get out and run, as they attempt 69 shots per game and make 48.6-percent of them, which is the 12-best mark in the NCAA. In addition, Oklahoma makes 8.5 three-pointers per game.
That pace is basically light speed compared to the Mean Green, who attempt 53 shots per game and make 33.1-percent of them. Also, North Texas makes 4.0 three-pointers per game.
But according to head coach Mike Petersen, the focus for the Mean Green will not be to try to slow down the game itself, but to force the Sooners to run offensive sets and not allow the visitors to have easy baskets.
"If the game doesn't get past 60, they're not gonna be comfortable," Petersen commented on how he wants this game to go. "But we don't wanna walk the ball up the floor. What we wanna to is make them have to run half-court offense and dictate - the best way that we can - where they shoot, who shoots it and what kind of shots they take."
The last time these two teams met was December 6, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma, and the No. 13 Sooners pulled out a slim, 71-68 victory over North Texas. Senior BreAnna Dawkins, who had nine points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals against Oklahoma two years ago, likes the Mean Green's chances even more this time around.
"I think our team is way better now than when we played them two years ago," she said. "I know we're struggling right now, but everybody goes through adversity. I think we're gonna give them a good game."
Before the 11 a.m. tipoff will be a special religious service by the Village Church of Denton beginning at 8 a.m. at the Super Pit. Anyone who wishes to attend can enter through Gate A, D or G. Following service, there will be fellowship breakfast provided by Cartwright's Ranch House. Among the festivities will be food, drink, games for kids and holiday pictures with Scrappy.
Then, everybody is encouraged to stay for what is sure to be an exciting game between the Mean Green and the Sooners. With a large, excited crowd on hand, North Texas looks to get the monkey of its back and put one in the win column for the first time this season.
For those who are unable to make it to the Super Pit, the game will be televised on Fox Sports Network. You can find local listing information via the link at the top of the article.