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Women’s basketball forward sees increased role

Women’s basketball forward sees increased role

Women’s basketball forward sees increased role
February 11
23:57 2015

Jeffrey Cooperstein / Intern Writer

In a season where her team is 3-18 and near the bottom in Conference USA, sophomore forward Eboniey Jeter is trying to make the most of it.

After a tumultuous first two years at UNT, Jeter is finally finding her groove. The Kileen Harker Heights high school product was originally recruited by former head coach Karen Aston. However, in the offseason before Jeter’s freshman year, current head coach Mike Petersen took over for the Mean Green.

“Coach Petersen came to my home in Kileen, and I really liked how he talked about his coaching style, and how he likes to have his relationship with the players,” Jeter said.

Before the beginning of her college basketball career in 2012-2013, Jeter tore her ACL, effectively ending her first season before it began. In the end, Jeter said sitting out that first year really helped her game progress.

“I feel like I had an advantage because I was able to see the way [Petersen] coached. Instead of having to learn the system, I already knew it going in,” Jeter said.

Petersen said Jeter didn’t let her injury discourage her, and she came out stronger after it.

“She just stayed dialed in and that really helped her. Most players when they get injured sort of check out, but she didn’t and that was a big part in where she is right now,” Petersen said.

Last season was Jeter’s first on the court after her injury. She only played 11.1 minutes per game, averaged 4.0 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game. This season, Jeter has a bigger role on the team, averaging 22.2 minutes per game, 6.2 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game, all while shooting a team-high 48.6 percent from the field. She said the improvement is a credit to her work ethic.

“It’s just hard work and motivation really,” she said. “I know what I do best to help the team in any way I can.”

Petersen said he knows what he is going to get from Jeter every time she steps on the court.

“She’s just consistent,” he said. “Every day, you know you’re going to get a quality effort from Eboniey no matter what.”

Tori Henderson, a transfer guard from the University of New Mexico, quickly befriended Jeter. Henderson is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but can still see what Jeter is bringing to the table.

“Eboniey was one of the first people I met after transferring here, and we just instantly hit it off,” Henderson said. “She kind of taught me, and just made everything for me easy here. She’s easily our best rebounder, and our biggest presence inside.”

Despite the struggles this season, Jeter said the team has remained close and she has formed bonds with her teammates.

“We know each other,” Jeter said. “We have the fight and we work together. I wouldn’t say we’re not necessarily reaping the benefits, because everybody is getting better. Things happen, but I feel like we’re sticking together very well.”

Featured Image: Redshirt sophomore forward Eboniey Jeter shoots a free throw against Marshall University on Feb. 7. Photo by Ryan Vance – Senior Staff Photographer

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