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North Texas loses in Power Five matchup against Longhorns

North Texas loses in Power Five matchup against Longhorns

North Texas loses in Power Five matchup against Longhorns
November 14
16:33 2018

Despite being out-rebounded 61-31, the North Texas women’s basketball team was within four points of the No. 8 Texas Longhorns on Monday night with 5 minutes, 50 seconds remaining in the game. However, the Mean Green could not complete the comeback and fell 64-54 to a team that played in the Elite Eight of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Tournament.

“I don’t do moral victories,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said to meangreensports.com. “I get it, but when you have an opportunity to win those types of games, you have to figure it out. You have to make it work. This is a great learning opportunity for our team early in the season to understand what areas we can get better in.”

North Texas fell behind 23-11 in the first quarter, and the deficit was too much to overcome in the remaining three quarters. The Mean Green outscored Texas 43-41 the rest of the game, but still fell by 10 points.

Senior Terriell Bradley led all Mean Green players with 18 points and seven rebounds against the Longhorns. Bradley hit a three-pointer in the second quarter with Texas leading to 23-17. With that shot going in from the top of the key, Bradley passed her head coach, who was a former Mean Green basketball player, and moved to No. 7 in program history for three-pointers made.

Trena Mims also scored in the double digits with 16 points.

This was the first time Mitchell has coached on opposite sides from Texas head coach Karen Aston — Mitchell’s mentor and former colleague. The two previously worked together at Texas when Aston was the head coach in the 2011-12 season. Aston was also an assistant coach at North Texas from 1996-98 and recruited Mitchell, who attended Duncanville High School.

The Mean Green moved to 1-1 on the season and will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, on Friday night to take on Kansas State in another Power Five matchup.

Featured Image: North Texas sophomore point guard Trena Mims dribbles the ball down the lane in an exhibition match against Texas Woman’s University on November 4. North Texas defeated TWU 69-66. Sara Carpenter

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