Closing The Book On Successful 2017 Year For Women's Basketball
One Of Mean Green Women's Basketball's Best Years
DENTON -- For the North Texas women's basketball team, 2017 has been one of its best.
A year that began with a huge 10-point home victory on New Year's Day over Old Dominion who finished with the conference's leading scorer and rebounder, the Mean Green rode that wave to accomplish many exciting memories and set a firm foundation for the program's future.
From a conference-best finish, to a program-best grade point average, 2017 has been a terrific year for the Mean Green who posted an 18-13 record in the calendar year -- the most wins in a single calendar year since 2006.
JAN. 1, 2017
Mean Green Defeat Old Dominion On New Year's Day.
After a sluggish 3-9 start to the 2016-17 season, North Texas rallied to beat one of Conference USA's favorites at home, 65-55.
Led by Terriell Bradley's then career-best 22 points, UNT went on an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to capture the win.
"The team we were today is the team we have been working towards being," said North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell.
The Mean Green forced 26 turnovers and held Jennie Simms, one of the nation's top shooters, to 14 points to snap a three-game losing streak and record a win against a team that was picked to finish third in Conference USA in the preseason poll.
FEB. 4, 2017
North Texas Makes A 17-Point Second Half Comeback At Rice
Trailing by 17 points with less than three minutes left in the third quarter, North Texas looked dead in the water at rival Rice.
But after a drawn charge by senior Candice Adams, North Texas went on a 17-1 run and forced overtime where they'd pull out the road victory, 77-69.
The Mean Green's Kelsey Criner scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime periods. Freshman Jada Poland also sparked the comeback by coming off the bench and grabbing eight rebounds and scoring eight points in the second half.
FEB. 16, 2017
Mean Green Capture Program's First Win In El Paso
In a back-and-forth affair, North Texas won its fourth straight conference game -- a then program-best -- and its first ever game at UTEP's Don Haskins Center.
Senior Terra Ellison scored all of her 14 points in the second quarter to give UNT a 2-point lead at the half. Then it was Terriell Bradley and Tyara Warren who led the Mean Green in the final frame to beat the UTEP Miners 76-69.
The win was the Mean Green's 10th of the year and improved their conference record to 7-6.
FEB. 18, 2017
Mean Green Win Fifth Straight
North Texas trailed UT-San Antonio by as many as 13 points, but despite the sluggish start, the Roadrunners couldn't stop the roaring Mean Green who came from behind to force overtime and win 58-55 on the road and capture their fifth consecutive win.
A game-tying 3-pointer by senior Candice Adams at regulation's buzzer forced overtime and from there it was in the bag as UNT pulled away in the extra period. The win marked the first time since 2005 that they had won three-straight road games.
The win also tied their 2015-16 win total of 11 with still four regular season games remaining and it secured the team a spot in the Conference USA tournament.
Adams' game-tying 3-pointer was her 300th career made field goal and her 848th career point, which tied her with 2008 graduate Erica Howard for 15th all-time on the Mean Green's scoring list.
MARCH 8, 2017
Mean Green Advance To C-USA Quarterfinals After Double Overtime Win
North Texas won its fourth straight overtime game away from the Super Pit with a 65-62 double overtime win in the Conference USA tournament against host school UAB.
Ellison, a senior, scored a career-high 21 points on 10 made field goals to lead the No. 8-seed Mean Green.
Fellow senior Kelsey Criner finished with 10 points and eight assists.
The four road/neutral site overtime wins in a single season tied an NCAA record.
MAY 1, 2017
North Texas Excels In Classroom
The Mean Green began 2017 by posting the program's highest grade point average ever with a 3.167.
Since then they have only improved on that G.P.A. This past fall semester the team finished with a 3.30 G.P.A.
MAY 1, 2017
Adams Named Most Inspirational Athlete
Senior Candice Adams was named North Texas Athletics Most Inspirational Athlete at the 2017 Scrappys by UNT senior administration and training staff.
Adams overcame three torn ACLs, a torn MCL and meniscus tears in both knees. Due to a lack of cartilage in her knees, she played her entire senior season with torn meniscus in each knee, because doctors refused to operate.
Despite all of the adversity she has faced, Adams made over 100 starts and missed only a handful of games in her four seasons with the Mean Green. She was a leader not just with her stats but her hustle. Adams led the team this past year with 32 drawn charges in 29 games played.
She graduated from North Texas 15th all-time in scoring, fourth all-time in 3-pointers and eighth all-time in career free throw percentage.
May 3, 2017
Former WNBA Coach Joins Mean Green Staff
Former WNBA coach Carlos Knox has been added to the North Texas women's basketball coaching staff as an assistant. Knox has been instrumental in the growth of the players' success on the court this season.
A veteran coach of 15 years, Knox joined the Mean Green after a seven-year stint as an assistant/player development coach with the Indiana Fever, where he won a WNBA championship and was key in the development of Tamika Catchings, the former Duncanville star who is the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder.
"When I first met Carlos several years ago, his passion for the game was obvious," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "He has done some special things in his career."
With the addition of Knox, the Mean Green now have two all-time leading scorers on staff. As a player at IUPUI, he scored 2,556 points, which is the most in the school's history. He was a three-time All-American and as a senior in 1998 was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. After graduating he played professionally with the Indiana Pacers and later overseas in four countries.
During his playing career, Knox overcame two ACL tears. That experience led him to the Fever's Catchings, who faced a similar injury in the early 2000s. His success developing and rehabilitating Catchings into a future hall of famer opened the door to a brief one-year stint with the Fever in 2008. He returned to the team in 2010.
Catchings, who retired after last season, won four Olympic gold medals, was named to 10 all-star teams and, in 2011, was awarded the league's MVP. She's the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder and steals leader.
While with the Fever, he also coached 2006 WNBA MVP Katie Douglas, three-time WNBA All-Defensive First Team selectee Briann January and Canadian Olympian Natalie Achonwa.
JUNE 20, 2017
Basketball Programs Announce Practice Facility Renovations
The North Texas men and women's basketball teams unveiled renovations to the Ernie Kuehne Practice Facility over the summer.
North Texas alum Ernie Kuehne ('66), was able to speak to both teams providing words of encouragement for the 2017-18 season. Both locker rooms have been renovated with many upgrades inside, including nutrition station, entertainment, and televisions.
The ceremony started with speeches from Vice President and Director of Athletics Wren Baker along with head coaches Grant McCasland and Jalie Mitchell. All three summarized how importance of having people who are passionate and care for the program like Ernie Kuehne.
AUG. 1, 2017
Mean Green Add Program's First Full-Time Strength Coach
For the first time in program history, the North Texas women's basketball program added a full-time strength and conditioning coach to its staff whose primary responsibilities will be with the team.
Rick Lefebvre returns to the Mean Green after spending nearly five years as the men's basketball strength coach at Louisiana State University. Lefebvre was the North Texas men's and women's basketball strength coach from 2006-11.
"I know and share Coach Mitchell's high expectations and high standards," Lefebvre said. "To be working with someone like her and to be part of the program she has here was something I really wanted."
Lefebvre also spent time as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay and as a strength coach for the Major League Soccer team FC Dallas. He's worked closely with NBA, NFL and Olympic athletes such as Ben Simmons, Lolo Jones and Craig Robertson.
SEPT. 22, 2017
Ramona Black Inducted Into North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame.
North Texas women's basketball alum Ramona Black became the seventh UNT women's basketball player to be inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame.
A two-time all-conference selection, Black ranks third all-time in scoring in program history with 1,452 points. In her four years, from 1987-88 to 1990-91, Black averaged 14 points per game. Her 16.5 points per game as a freshman is the second-highest scoring average in program history for a true freshman, and her 416 career assists ranks second all-time. Black had 263 steals, second all-time in program history, and had 84 career 3-pointer field goals, eight most all-time.
OCT. 18, 2017
Bradley Named Preseason All-Conference
North Texas redshirt junior guard Terriell Bradley was named to the Conference USA Women's Basketball Preseason Team, as voted by the conference's coaches.
Bradley, the Mean Green's leading scorer a season ago, is the program's first player to be named to the preseason all-conference team since North Texas joined C-USA in 2013. Of all returning conference players, her 13.7 points per game last season ranks sixth.
"It's an honor to be selected as a preseason all-conference member and I'm grateful for the coaches who voted for me," Bradley said. "We have a very talented team this year and I'm excited for this upcoming season."
NOV. 8, 2017
Mean Green Family Grows With Signing Of High School Stars
The North Texas women's basketball team added two Texas recruits to its family with Charlene Shepherd and Jasmyne Robinson.
Robinson is a Grand Praire native who attends Arlington Bowie High School where she's lettered all four years on the girl's varsity basketball team and has scored over 1,000 points and has been named district MVP.
Shepherd, a Killeen, Texas, native, is a threat on offense from outside, inside and penetrating the opposition's defense. Shepherd was named first-team all-district last season and led Shoemaker High School to the state playoffs.
Nov. 10, 2017
Holmes Drops 20 In Collegiate Debut
North Texas freshman Lauren Holmes scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds in the Mean Green's 86-52 season opening win over Mid-America Christian.
Holmes' 20 points is the most points scored in school history by a true freshman in their debut. It's also the most points scored in a Mean Green debut since Jill Medlock (a then junior transfer from Arkansas-Fort Smith) scored 20 points against Indiana State on Nov. 22, 2003.
Nov. 24, 2017
Bradley Leads North Texas To Best Start In Six Years And Sweep Of San Juan Shootout
A 22-point performance from Terriell Bradley paced the Mean Green to a 63-57 win over Detroit Mercy. The win improved the North Texas women's basketball team's record to 4-1 -- it's best start since the 2011-12 season.
With the win, the Mean Green also swept the San Juan Shootout, going 2-0 in the Thanksgiving tournament.
Bradley scored a combined 42 points in the two games and tied her then career-high with 22 points in the second game.
NOV. 29, 2017
Mean Green Beat Rival SMU
In front of the largest home crowd in Mean Green women's basketball history, North Texas held its Metroplex rival to just 40 points as UNT won 47-40 to improve to 5-1 on the year.
Micayla Buckner recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Mean Green's top-notch defense forced 24 turnovers and contained the Mustangs to 29 percent shooting.
SMU hadn't scored less than 55 points in a game all year.
The Mean Green's 5-1 start matched its best start since the 2005-06 season.
Dec. 20, 2017
Bradley Wins It For North Texas
Terriell Bradley sent the game into overtime with a game-tying layup and then won it with a game-winning jumper while playing all 45 minutes in North Texas' 63-61 road win at Eastern Illinois.
Bradley finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and five steals as the Mean Green won their fifth straight overtime game -- all away from the Super Pit and all in 2017.
The Mean Green only had eight active players and needed Grace Goodhart and Bradley to play the entire game to pull out their first true road win of the year.
"I wanted to go home," Bradley said with a straight face. "The play worked perfectly. They went for Grace (Goodhart) who was open in the corner and gave me some room to make the jumper from the elbow."
Dec. 30, 2017
Mean Green Conclude 2017 And Non-Conference With 63-41 Win
Deja Terrell became the third Mean Green freshman to score at least 15 points in a game this season and fellow freshman Lauren Holmes recorded her second double-double as North Texas rolled 63-41 over Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
After a closely contested first half, UNT held the Aggies to just 12 points in the second half while committing zero turnovers.
The Mean Green finish non-conference with a 9-3 record, a drastic improvement from their 3-8 non-conference record the season prior. It's also their best non-conference record since 2005-06 when they went 10-2.
Terrell scored a season-best 15 points while Holmes dropped 19 points.
The win is the Mean Green's fourth straight home victory, their longest since 2005-06.
North Texas ends the 2017 calendar year with an 18-13 record. They finished 9-22 in games played in 2016.