Mean Green, Dustdevils Meet For First Time
North Texas Looks To Build Off Hot Start
DENTON -- After opening the 2017-18 season with a 86-52 victory over Mid-America Christian University, the North Texas Mean Green women's basketball team will play its second home game in less than a week as they welcome the Texas A&M International University Dustdevils on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
UNT returns to the Super Pit after its 86-52 win over Mid-America Christian University in the season opener. It was the program's first season opening win since the 2013-14 season. North Texas beat the Evangels on Friday with a quick start that included a program record-setting 28 points in the first quarter, thanks to a 16-0 run.
The Mean Green haven't started 2-0 since the 2011-12 season when they won 15 games and current head coach Jalie Mitchell was an assistant under Karen Aston.
After a successful exhibition game against Texas Woman's University, freshman Lauren Holmes continued her play into the regular season with a double-double.
Holmes' 20 points against MACU on Friday was a school-record for most points scored by a true freshman in their collegiate debut. She beat Jalie Mitchell who previously held record from when she scored 19 points in her collegiate debut in 1998. Holmes is also the first Mean Green freshman since Alexis Hyder in 2012 to record a double-double in their collegiate debut.
The 5-foot-8 guard earned her 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting (.400). Four of her six made field goals on Friday were 3-pointers. She had a game-high three steals and five offensive rebounds. In total, Holmes led all players in six statistical categories.
The win was third-year head coach Mitchell's 24th and inches her one away from tying Shanice Stephens for sixth most in program history.
The Mean Green will host Texas A&M International University in the schools' first-ever meeting. The Mean Green are 2-0 all-time versus teams currently in the Heartland Conference with both victories coming against St. Mary's.
The Dustdevils are off to a 0-2 start but are led by junior guard Tantashea Giger who has averaged 21.5 points per game in their two games combined.
Giger is averaging nearly twice as many points per game as the next highest on the team.
Mean Green redshirt junior Terriell Bradley was voted by the C-USA coaches to the eight-player Preseason All-Conference team in October.
She is the first North Texas women's basketball player to earn a preseason all-conference nod since 2011 when the Mean Green played in the Sun Belt.
Bradley began her 2017-18-campaign right where she left last season. Bradley scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 29 minutes versus MACU in the season-opener. Her six assists were a career-best. Last season she had 10 games of 18 or more points but only scored five in the season opener. She did proceed to score 21 points in the second game, which was against UT Rio Grande Valley.
With her 18 points on Friday, Bradley has now scored 416 points in a Mean Green uniform. Bradley began her college career at Kansas in 2014-15 before transferring to UNT the following season.
North Texas will look to continue its offensive fire in the second game of the season.
North Texas scored 86 points in the season-opener, which is the most points UNT has scored in a non-overtime game since Dec. 17, 2013 when they scored 93 in a win at Denver. They scored 97 in a 3OT loss at Rice on Jan. 10, 2016.