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With senior trio gone, Bradley steps into bigger role for women’s basketball

With senior trio gone, Bradley steps into bigger role for women’s basketball

November 15
20:09 2017

After missing the entire 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules, junior guard Terriell Bradley came into last season hungry after her time off. She quickly proved the wait for her to join the Mean Green on the court was well worth it.

Bradley led the team with 12.8 points per game last season, and scored 13.7 ppg in Conference USA action. She finished with the fifth-most made free throws in school history (121) and was fifth in the conference in free throw percentage at 78.6 percent.

Bradley’s performance last year led her to being named a member of the preseason first-team All-Conference USA squad. She is the only returning starter this season and is looked at as a team leader on and off the court this year.

“Scoring wise, we will look to her a lot – but she’s also a playmaker,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “Whenever she speaks, she knows what she’s talking about, and for her, everyone else showing up and playing toward expectations is extremely important.”

While Bradley is a crucial player for Mitchell and the Mean Green now, she originally had no plans to take her talents to Denton.

Bradley was the No. 56 ranked player coming out of Mansfield Timberview High School and received McDonald’s All-American honors. She committed to the University of Kansas and appeared in all 32 games as a freshman, but she never found comfort while playing away from Texas.

“I’m a homebody, and I missed my mom and my younger sisters,” Bradley said. “My youngest sister plays basketball in high school, and I want to make sure I’m there for her. When I can, I drive down to watch her games as much as possible. I really missed them when I was at Kansas.”

Bradley made the decision to transfer to North Texas after her freshman campaign, returning to school just an hour away from her family in Arlington.

After redshirting, Bradley was motivated to return to the court and ready to bring her versatility to what was a veteran roster last season.

Although she only spent one season playing with then-seniors Kelsey Criner, Terra Ellison and Candice Adams, the time with them was beneficial and helped mold Bradley into the leader she is for the Mean Green this year.

“Each senior brought something a little different,” Bradley said. “Obviously, with Candice it was her heart and determination. She worked as hard as anyone and played as hard as anyone even though people told her she needed to quit because of her knees, and she held everyone to the same standard.”

She also gave high praise to Criner for showing her how to play with pride and Ellison for being a great example of what work ethic to exhibit at all times.

Now, Bradley is going to be the one who is looked to as the player to follow and learn from for a North Texas team consisting of four new starters and four newcomers.

“I definitely look up to Terriell,” freshman guard Lauren Holmes said. “She’s the all-conference player, so she’s one person I look up to.”

With all of the attention and press she has gotten in the early part of the season, Bradley has her eyes set on one thing – earning the first C-USA Championship in school history.  The team has improved in each of Mitchell’s three years at the helm. As Bradley and Mitchell enter their second year together, both are looking forward to continuing to take strides toward a title berth.

During the offseason, Bradley made it a point of emphasis to improve on her shooting and stamina coming into this season.

“Coach Mitchell really wants me to shoot more this season and not pass up an open three or jump shot,” Bradley said. “Physically, our new strength coach has got us in really good shape, and it’s really noticeable how much better all of us are at getting up and down the court – especially in transition.”

With Bradley leading the way, the Mean Green women’s basketball team is striving to develop a winning tradition with one of the best players in school history as their head coach. Bradley is now embracing a bigger role with Adams, Criner and Ellison gone, and she may be the type of player who carries the program to the next level.

“They left this program better than it was when they started, and none of us want to let them down,” Bradley said. “They set the bar higher for everyone on this team for years to come.”

Featured Image: Mean Green guard Terriell Bradley (23) dribbles the ball down the court in a game against Texas A&M – International. Madison Gore

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