The Weekly Dish: Mean Green Scoring More Points
North Texas Begins The Conference Schedule
For the week of Dec. 22- Dec. 28
DENTON — With the holiday and semester break, the Mean Green women’s basketball team played just one game this week. Though they didn’t receive the best early Christmas gift, there’s a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
North Texas has drastically improved its offense in the last month and is scoring nearly 10 more points per game over that stretch. They’ve improved its field goal and 3-point field goal percentages by five percent each.
Defensively, they are the second-best team in Conference USA at forcing turnovers.
The Mean Green have been thankful for the addition of nine newcomers, eight to its active roster. The new depth has given the team many scorers, which they didn’t have a year ago. Through 11 games, North Texas has had eight games where at least nine players scored. Last season, they only accomplished that twice.
Individually, the Mean Green’s Candice Adams has connected on a 3FG in every game this season. She’s made a 3FG in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season and has made one in 24 of the team’s last 25 games. For the season, she is currently shooting .368 percent from deep. Last season as a junior, Adams set a new personal-best mark by making .312 percent of her 3FG attempts (49-157).
Adams is on pace to make a career-high 55 3FGs this season, which would tie for the fourth most in a single season in program history. Her 49 made 3FGs a season ago are the eighth most.
Fellow senior Terra Ellison has been the team’s most consistent shooter all season. Of players who have played in every game, Ellison leads the team with a .539 field goal percentage. Last year, Ellison made a career-best .395 percent of her attempts.
2016 graduate Acheil Tac remains connected to program despite playing and living in Switzerland. Tac has sent pregame hype videos and motivational words to the team throughout the season.
One of the program’s all-time best rebounders has enjoyed an excellent start to her professional career. Through eight games this season in the Switzerland LNA league, Tac has averaged 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
MEAN GREEN SPOTLIGHT: Kelsey Criner
On her 22nd birthday, Criner scored 13 of the team’s 40 second half points and assisted on four other baskets. She finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, had five assists and limited the Bobcats’ leading scorer to just two points.
Criner has scored in double figures in four consecutive games and seen her field goal percentage increase drastically over the past month.
The Coming Week
North Texas opens the C-USA schedule on Friday at home versus Charlotte at 7:00 p.m. They then host Old Dominion on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. with two home games
The Charlotte 49ers come to the Super Pit riding a five-game winning streak and boasting an 8-3 record, the second-best record of C-USA teams.
Old Dominion ended the Mean Green’s season last year in the Conference USA Tournament with a 62-55 win. The Monarchs’ senior guard Jennie Simms is averaging the second-most points per game in the country right now at 25.8.
Last season, North Texas won its C-USA opener 68-58 versus UTSA.
In honor of the New Year, fans can buy two general admission tickets to each of this weekend’s games for 17 dollars total. Tickets can be purchased on Friday at gates A and D of the Super Pit.