Mean Green Welcome Cardinals To The Pit
North Texas Is One Of The Best At Forcing Turnovers
DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team hosts Incarnate Word Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Super Pit. The game will be aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM.
Kids ages 14 and under can attend the game for free if they are wearing a basketball jersey. Immediately following the game, the Mean Green team will have their annual free youth clinic for ages 12 and under.
Saturday marks the second ever meeting between Incarnate Word and North Texas after the two schools met for the first time last year in San Antonio. The Mean Green won 62-55.
North Texas (2-6, 0-0 C-USA) takes on the Cardinals (0-6, 0-0 Southland) as one of the best teams at forcing turnovers. The Mean Green average 21.38 forced turnovers per game, which ranks 32nd in the country and is the second-most of Conference USA teams. In its last two games combined, North Texas forced 55 turnovers. The most in a two-game stretch under second-year head coach Jalie Mitchell.
Added depth has also been an advantage to the Mean Green as they are continuing the theme of having nine or more players score in a game. This season, the team has had six games where they’ve accomplished that. Last year, the team only did it twice all year.
Depth has also given the Mean Green more 3-point shooters. This year’s team is on pace to break last season’s total of 141 made 3-point field goals, which stands as the third most in a single season in program history. Through eight games, the team is on track to make 145 3-pointers by the end of the regular season.
Leading the way from beyond the 3-point line is senior Candice Adams. The guard has made 15 3-pointers and in the team’s most recent game versus Indiana, she moved into fourth on the program’s all-time 3-point field goal list with her 113th made career 3-pointer. Against the Hoosiers, Adams also scored a season-best 14 points. On her second made field goal of the game she scored her 700th career point.
Last year against the Cardinals, Adams helped lead the team to the seven-point win with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.
MEAN GREEN QUICK HITTERS
- Senior Terra Ellison is shooting .508 percent from the field for the season. She entered the 2016-17 season with a career average of .366.
- Against Indiana, point guard Kelsey Criner scored a season-high 17 points.
- Senior Terra Ellison leads the team with 46 rebounds. She is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. She came into this season averaging 2.9 rebounds per game for her career.