Mean Green's Offense Coming Along Headed To Chicago
North Texas Faces UIC On ESPN3
CHICAGO — After a nine-day break from their last game, the Mean Green women’s basketball team returns to the hardwood on Monday to face the University of Illinois Chicago Flames at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3.
Playing in what will be just their second true road game of the year, North Texas (7-2) is one win away from its first eight-win non-conference slate in 12 years.
Outside, the Chicago weather might be cold, but the Mean Green aren’t worried that their shots will be too after the long layoff.
“We’ve been a lot better on offense I think because of gelling together,“ said redshirt junior Terriell Bradley. “Our defense also helps too. It leads to easy buckets and gives us lots of opportunities.”
Opportunities are right.
North Texas is averaging 60 field goal attempts per game, which is 13 more than its opponents.
While defense has been the identity to the Mean Green’s hot start, in their last three games the Mean Green have shot 40 percent from the field and had three different players score in double figures.
What it’s resulted in is three of their four highest scoring outings this season.
“We have a lot of new people and freshmen who are playing new roles for us,” Bradley explained. “It was only a matter of time before our offense started to gel better.”
Freshmen Lauren Holmes and Trena Mims are both starters who both average 29 minutes per game — the second-most on the team only behind Bradley. They are also the second and third leading scorers on the team.
“Even over the past month it’s been an adjustment but one I think we’ve gotten a lot better at,” Mims said. “Us freshmen are learning a lot and have had to adjust to some early season changes.”
Mims wasn’t a starter to begin the year but has worked her way into the everyday starting lineup. On defense she is a primary ball stop while on offense has been a threat at attacking the rim. She scored a season-high 15 points versus Tulsa and scored 10 of her 15 in the fourth quarter.
“We haven’t come close to hitting that stride and being where we want to be yet,” Mims said.
“A good finish to end non-conference is going to be huge for us,” Bradley added. “If we can build some more momentum headed into conference play next month we can definitely do something special.”
North Texas faces UIC on Monday before traveling to Eastern Illinois on Wednesday. They then have a 10-day break before their next game when they closeout the non-conference season with a home game versus Oklahoma Panhandle State.
The Mean Green begin conference play on Jan. 3 at Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters were picked to finish third in this year’s Conference USA Preseason Poll.