Bradley Leading Mean Green To Impressive Start
North Texas Hosts La Salle Saturday
DENTON — In the second half of Tuesday’s game in the historic Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on the campus of Indiana University, the Mean Green’s Terriell Bradley went tit for tat with the Hoosiers’ All-American Tyra Buss.
On the offensive end, Bradley attacked the IU defense and sunk nearly every mid-range jumper to will her North Texas women’s basketball team back from a 15-point third quarter deficit to eventually take an early fourth quarter lead.
Though the final score didn’t end in the Mean Green’s favor, Bradley left her mark in a basketball hotbed.
“Bradley is a hard matchup,” said Indiana head coach Teri Moren following Tuesday’s game. “She’s a really good player and we told our players leading up to the game that Bradley is a special kind of player and that we were going to have to keep her quiet. We obviously didn’t do that.”
Moren went on to compliment the Mean Green women's basketball team for their resilience to make a 15-point second half comeback in their first road game of the year. She also complimented the improvement of the team that a year ago lost to the same Indiana team by 30 points at home.
Bradley left Bloomington, Indiana, with her third career double-double as she finished with 22 points, 15 of which came in the second half, and 10 rebounds. As normal, she played and defended nearly every position on the court.
“Terriell has been a great leader this season,” said Mean Green head coach Jalie Mitchell. "She’s willing to do whatever is needed for the team to get the win and I think the younger players look up to her.”
In four of the Mean Green’s last five games, Bradley has scored at least 20 points. That’s one more 20-point game than she scored all of last year when led the team with 13 points per game.
When UNT hosts La Salle Saturday at 3 p.m., Bradley will look to become the first Mean Green women’s basketball player since Loryn Goodwin in 2013 to have three straight games with 20 plus points.
“She’s having an awesome year,” Mitchell said of Bradley. “The sky is the limit for her.”
Bradley is on pace to finish the regular season with 487 points, which would be the most points in a single season in program history since Mitchell scored 562 in her senior season in 2001-02.
Only three players in the program's 40-year history have scored 500 plus points in a single season.
Bradley’s leadership and success on the court has helped the Mean Green flip the script from last year and start this year with a 6-2 record opposed to last season’s 2-6 start.
But Bradley and UNT’s record isn’t the only major improvement to this Mean Green team through the first eight games of the year.
- As a team, North Texas’ turnovers are way down from last season. Through the first eight games last season UNT was coughing it up 19 times per game. That number has decreased this season to 13.
- North Texas’ defense is holding opponents to 20 points per game less than they were through the first eight games last year.
- Opponents are shooting an average of 12 percent lower against the Mean Green this year compared to last year.
- UNT is averaging seven more rebounds per game than at this point last season