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Mean Green women’s basketball set their hopes high for the new season

Mean Green women’s basketball set their hopes high for the new season

Mean Green women’s basketball set their hopes high for the new season
October 24
14:38 2018

Head coach Jalie Mitchell has guided the Mean Green women’s basketball since 2015 with a plan mainly focused on defense, which resulted in a 17-14 record last season. 

This year, the team hopes to build on what they achieved last.

“We finished top 15 in the country defensively, and I want to continue that — that’s our strength,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell also believes the team changed after the tournament loss last year.

“From a mentality standpoint, I believe we proved something to ourselves and to everyone else,” Mitchell said. “We know we can do better.”

This is Mitchell’s eighth head coaching job and her first time coaching for her alma mater. Playing at North Texas from 1998-2002, Mitchell holds the school record for career points with 1,764, has her jersey retired and was an all-conference selection in all four seasons of eligibility.

“I like it, I learn a lot from her,” point guard Trena Mims said. “She’s no rookie to this. She’s been here, and she’s done this, and I am honored to play for her.”

Mims averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 assists and nearly three rebounds per game last season. She hopes to build on last season by becoming a bigger contributor and said “just shooting in general” is something she has improved on the most.

Fellow point guard Brittany Smith has shown to be a leader going into the 2018-19 season.

“Smith has been an incredible leader as our point guard,” Mitchell said. “It might not show up on the stat sheet with points or steals or rebounds, but she makes us go. She leads our team in a way no one else does.”

The mentality heading into this season is different than in 2017.

“I think we’re a lot more focused this year, and we’re all on the same page,” Mims said.

Guard Grace Goodhart is also looking to improve her game. Last season she had 5.5 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game. Goodhart said she has worked to keep improving on her defense.

“Toward the end of the year my defense really improved, and that’s something I hope to carry over and continue to do well,” Goodhart said.  “I would like to improve my shooting percentage. I know my team realizes I am allowed to shoot the ball, and I just need to do a better job.”

Goodhart expects to win and will do anything necessary to achieve that goal.

“I expect us to win, and I expect myself to contribute any way that I can — offensively, defensively and off the bench,” Goodhart said. “I’m a playmaker, crunch-time or whenever we need a stop, a bucket, or just momentum to go our way. I am pretty good at that.”

The Mean Green have their first exhibition Nov. 3 against Mary-Hardin Baylor and will play their first regular-season game Nov. 28 against Southern Methodist.

Featured Image: RS Junior guard Terriell Bradley (23) shoots a 3-pointer against Mid-America Christian University. Bradley scored 11 points in the first quarter, opening the gate for the Mean Green’s 86-52 win. Rachel Walters

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