North Texas finished up its non-conference slate against Oklahoma Panhandle State, dispatching them 63-41 in a matinee matchup . Lauren Holmes also made a comeback after suffering an injury a few weeks ago at UIC.
|Scores by Period||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Total|
|Oklahoma Panhandle St.||14||15||3||9||41|
Freshmen Making Big Contributions – Lauren Holmes Returns, Deja Terriell Also Steps Up
Freshman Lauren Holmes made a solid return but Deja Terriell came off the bench to add in 15 points, a career best, to the tally.
Lauren Holmes led all scorers with 19 points on 8 of 18 (44.4%) shooting from the floor with 2 of 7 (28.6%) from behind the arc, made her one free throw, while collecting 13 total rebounds (8 offensive, 5 defensive). To wrap up her stats sheet she had 1 assist and steal on 35 minutes of action. This was also Holmes’s second double-double in a North Texas uniform.
Freshman Deja Terriell also had a career night tallying 15 points on just 18 minutes. She finished 6 of 11 (54.5%) from the floor and 3 of 6 (50%) from the charity stripe. She also collected 6 total rebounds (3 both offensive and defensive), a block and 3 steals.
North Texas Off to Best Start in More Than a Decade
The last time North Texas finished with a winning record was 2005-06 under Tina Slinker, where the Mean Green finished with a 19-9 9-6 record. They also finished 10-2 non-conference record that season. Currently, the Mean Green are on pace to finish above the .500 mark barring any significant setbacks. A big reason for the early success has been a suffocating defense. North Texas has held opponents to an average of 50.3 points per game while forcing 21.5 turnovers per game. The Mean Green also are some steady ball hawks with 124 steals on the season (10.3 per game) and have been out rebounding their opponents
Up next for the Mean Green is the LaTech Bulldogs on Wednesday, January 3rd with a 6:30 PM tipoff to start of the Conference USA slate. North Texas has never defeated the Bulldogs and this might be the year that streak comes to an end for the Mean Green. The Mean Green have been playing solid defense but have struggled on offense at times. You can catch the game on 88.1 KNTU and CUSA TV.
Big Year For North Texas Women’s Basetball
In 2017 our program…
💚Won its most games since 2006
💚Set a program-best GPA
💚Had an alum inducted into UNT's Hall of Fame
💚Had a player voted all-conference
💚Went 5-0 in OT
💚Added awesome recruits#PRIDE | #GMGhttps://t.co/vhNvMbO1Rq
— UNT Women's Basketball (@MeanGreenWBB) December 31, 2017