Goodhart Returns To Springfield, Mean Green Face Lady Bears
North Texas Plays Final Non Conference Road Game
Dec. 17, 2016
DENTON -- The North Texas women's basketball team is in Springfield, MO., playing the Missouri State Lady Bears Saturday. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. and will be streamed live on ESPN3 and aired on the radio on KNTU 88.1 FM.
The Mean Green (3-6, 0-0 C-USA) take on a Lady Bears (3-6, 0-0 MVC) opponent who share the same record and are also coming off a win, which snapped a three-game losing streak.
North Texas defeated Incarnate Word last Saturday to a tune of 84-61, the largest victory and most points scored this season by the Mean Green. On Sunday, Missouri State defeated Arkansas at home on a game-winning shot. It handed the Razorbacks their first loss of the season.
For North Texas' sophomore Grace Goodhart, Saturday's matchup with the Lady Bears at JQH Arena is a rematch. The Loyola University Chicago transfer played against Missouri State twice in the Missouri Valley Conference a season ago and despite having career-high games, her Ramblers lost in tough fashion both times.
Goodhart scored 16 and then 17 points off the bench against the Lady Bears last year. Loyola lost in overtime and by a narrow margin the other time. Goodhart only averaged six points per contest headed into each of those games. Saturday, the sharp shooting guard hopes to once again use Missouri State as a confidence booster headed into Conference USA play.
Goodhart has added much needed depth to this Mean Green team. She is one of nine newcomers to the North Texas roster and has contributed in every game. The Mean Green have had at least nine players score in seven of its nine games this season. Last season, they only accomplished that twice all year.
Saturday, the team's depth is going to be critical to help propel them to a quick start and strong finish. Versus Incarnate Word, North Texas scored a season-high 21 points in the first quarter. They then finished the game with 31 points in the fourth quarter, which is the most points scored by a Mean Green team in a quarter since women's basketball moved from halves to quarters in 2015.
The 5-foot-11 Ellison has become a reliable jump shooter who can also score in the paint. The only player to start every game this season, she scored a career-high 19 points Saturday against Incarnate Word and improved her field goal percentage to .547. She leads the team with 54 rebounds as well.
Point guard Criner, who is in just her second season with the Mean Green, is 35 points shy of becoming the fifth fastest in program history to 500 points. The team's leading scorer a year ago only scored less than 10 points in nine games all season. This year she's had six games of less than 10 points but has had back-to-back double-digit scoring outings of 17 and 13 points and is shooting 53 percent in recent games.
Adams continues to be solid from the 3-point line. She's made a 3-point field goal in 11 straight games dating back to last season and made at least one in 22 of the team's last 23 games. She's also been a fearless warrior on defense, not afraid to draw a charge.
Her energy, spirit and shooting will again be a key as the Mean Green take on a conference defending champ Saturday who is eager to get back to their winning ways.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- Saturday is North Texas' 10th game of the season and its seventh game away from home
- Saturday is Missouri State's 10th game of the season and just its fourth home game
- This is the third meeting between the two schools. North Texas has never beaten the Lady Bears. They last met on Dec. 29, 2013 in the Super Pit