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Terriell Bradley prepared for her senior season

Terriell Bradley prepared for her senior season

Terriell Bradley prepared for her senior season
November 02
16:53 2018

Redshirt senior Terriell Bradley led the Mean Green women’s basketball team to their first winning season this decade in 2017. She averaged 18.6 points per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Her free-throw percentage in the 2017-18 season was 83 percent, higher than the average WNBA free throw percentage of 80.2 percent.

Bradley said her biggest issue last year was her turnovers. She recorded 78 turnovers throughout the season — 13 higher than anyone else on the team.

“[I need to] definitely cut down on turnovers but still stay as efficient as I was last year,” Bradley said.

Bradley said her biggest issue on defense was never where she was on the ball handler but instead when defending an offensive player without the ball. This is something she worked on during the off-season in anticipation of the season.

“When I’m off the ball I tend to get lost,” Bradley said.

Bradley was named to the All-Conference First Team last year and the C-USA Women’s Preseason Team heading into the 2018 season.

The knowledge Bradley has for the game and where pieces need to move in order for the offense to produce is what her teammates attribute her success to.

“It’s really fun [to play with Bradley] because she’s such a good ballplayer,” redshirt sophomore forward Madison Townley said. “Her IQ is so high, it makes it amazing and that much easier to play with her.”

Last season Townley was out with shoulder surgery, causing a shift in the starting lineup. Bradley was playing in the power forward position, which typically requires a taller and more physical athlete that can be dominant in the paint compared to her natural shooting guard position.

“Being that I’m back this year helps a lot because last year [Bradley] was having to play the four position, which is nowhere near the position she plays and would like to play,” Townley said.  “Coming back as the four-player takes a lot off of her.”

Townley averaged 3.8 rebounds per game and 2.3 points per game back in the 2016-17 campaign for the Mean Green.

Bradley’s teammates said they are excited to play under her leadership this season, knowing the skill she has. Callie Owens, redshirt sophomore and shooting guard, looks to help Bradley as much as she can.

“If she isn’t knocking down shots, then that’s something I can do or try and get to the basket,” Owens said.

Owens also said she enjoys playing with Bradley — not just to watch her play, but because Bradley makes her a better player through coaching.

“Playing with TB is the best,” Owens said. “She helps me out. She talks to me all the time, let’s me know what I’m doing wrong and tries to help me. When she leaves she can help me out, and I can pick up where she left off.”

Bradley is entering her final season at North Texas and is on pace to put up numbers that could stand in the Mean Green record books. She will only play three of her four years of eligibility here. Through two seasons, Bradley has recorded 976 points, 287 rebounds, 120 assists and 80 steals.

Bradley will begin her third and final season on Nov. 3 at the Super Pit when North Texas plays Mary-Hardin Baylor in their first exhibition match of the season.

Featured Image: North Texas junior guard Terriel Bradley (23) drives the ball against Western Kentucky. File

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