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Women’s basketball backcourt shines despite loss

Women’s basketball backcourt shines despite loss

November 13
21:35 2015

Clay Massey | Staff Writer

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Despite the score reading 69-61 in favor of the University of San Francisco, first-year women’s basketball head coach Jalie Mitchell saw some positives to take home from her team in their performance.

One area in particular the Mean Green (0-1, 0-0) showed signs of life was its backcourt.

The junior guard duo of Candice Adams and Terra Ellison combined for 33 of North Texas’ 61 points. Ellison bested her former career high of 14 points with 17 and shot 53.8 percent from the field, which led the team of shooters who shot over five total shots.

She only had four double digit scoring efforts last season in nine starts. She began to earn more minutes down the stretch which carried over into this season, as she started the opener.

“I just kept shooting like my teammates wanted me to do,” Ellison said. “I know that helps the team as well. I just kept pushing and pushing trying to hit my shots like always.”

Adams helped Ellison spearhead the offensive charge. The Cedar Hill High School product finished with 16 points and a 4-10 night from three point range.

While not an aesthetically impressive score for North Texas, it shows signs of improvement from an abysmal 2014-2015 campaign where North Texas averaged only 50.0 points per game. Adams was especially crucial in North Texas’ third quarter rally, scoring 11 in the frame to help give the Mean Green its first lead of the game.

Adams says her team’s gritty third quarter performance coming back from 16 down says a lot about her team, despite the final score.

“It says we’re fighters,” Adams said. “We can push through adversity. We have to finish better than what we did, but we’re not quitters, we’re fighters. When there’s time still on the clock, it means there’s still an opportunity.”

Though the Mean Green could not pick up a win, head coach Jalie Mitchell is encouraged by her team’s fight and how the team can improve moving forward.

“We definitely did not play our best basketball,” Mitchell said. “Our mistakes are fixable, so for me, I am encouraged by that fact. If we fix some turnovers, defensive assignments and fouling, we’re in better shape. I think we win that game.”

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