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Mims to step up following season’s conclusion

Mims to step up following season’s conclusion

February 20
20:20 2019

Sophomore guard Trena Mims has been playing basketball since she was a 3-years-old. Now, the Muskogee, Oklahoma native is set up to be the future of the Mean Green women’s basketball team.

“I played for my mom’s team all the way up until I was in middle school,” Mims said. “I had started playing for another AAU team and she just coached softball.”

At Muskogee High School, Trena received different awards such as Vype Oklahoma Basketball Player of the Year Nominee, 2017 First Team All-Conference, 2017 Frontier Conference Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 OGBCA All-State selectee and was named as Homecoming Queen her senior year. In each of her first three years there, the women’s team progressed to the semifinals in playoffs.

After signing with North Texas, Mims started in 25 games during her freshman year. Mims averaged 5.6 points per game, 2.1 assists per game and 2.9 rebounds per game in 31 games in her first season.

“I am more defense so she gets us going defensively,” Mims said. “It builds their offense.”

In the first game of the season, the Mean Green defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor 75-37. Mims contributed 12 points in 27 minutes during this game. In North Texas’ 92-78 victory over North Dakota State, Mims put up the second-highest amount of points on the team with 15.

North Texas has three games remaining in the regular season. That means three regular season games left for senior guard Terriell Bradley, the No. 6 all-time scorer for the Mean Green. After Bradley graduates following the conclusion of this season, the hole in the backcourt will most likely be filled by Mims.

“I like it, I learn a lot from her,” Mims said in an interview with the North Texas Daily. “She’s no rookie to this. She’s been here, and she’s done this, and I am honored to play for her.”

Redshirt sophomore guard Callie Owens believes her and Mims are the future leadership for the Mean Green.

“When she leaves she can help me out, and I can pick up where she left off,” Owens said.

Moving forward, the Mean Green have one game a week – down from two a week – until the conference tournament, which gives them more time to practice and rest. One thing that has plagued North Texas all season has been injuries, with Bradley missing two games with an ankle injury. The team is fully healthy with less than a month remaining until the conference tournament, according to Mitchell.

“Thankfully we are good as far as injuries are concerned,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “Everybody is healthy and ready to go.”

With three weeks remaining until the Conference USA Tournament on March 13-16 in Frisco, Texas. Hot off a four-game winning streak, the Mean Green will attempt to climb in the rankings against the No. 25 nationally ranked Rice Owls (22-3, 13-0 C-USA).

“We need to do better really on both ends of the floor and that is huge,” Mitchell said. “There is an emotional factor that goes into this game because it is another Texas school and a rivalry game.”

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