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Women’s basketball looks for silver lining in double-digit loss

Women’s basketball looks for silver lining in double-digit loss

North Texas junior guard Kelsey Criner dribbles toward the baseline against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell

Women’s basketball looks for silver lining in double-digit loss
February 11
22:19 2016

Courtney Anderson | Staff Writer

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This being the fourth straight loss for the Mean Green, coach Jalie Mitchell and the women’s basketball team is looking for a shining light this Saturday at home before they have to head back on the road.

Since losing at home against Rice University in double overtime on Jan. 9, the Mean Green have had difficulties staying afloat. Last week against Louisiana Tech University, the women only lost by a measly six points. However, it was a different story against Old Dominion University, losing by almost triple that amount.

“It’s always hard to come back, but you fight and you hope for the best,” Mitchell said regarding Old Dominion’s early lead in the first quarter. “We dug ourselves too big of a hole.”

As a team, North Texas had a hard time putting the ball in the net, averaging 30.2 percent from the field, although their counterpart Old Dominion was only 7.1 percent better. Junior guard Candice Adams, going 2-for-7 tonight, had one assist and three rebounds.

North Texas junior guard Candice Adams takes a shot at the free-throw line against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

North Texas junior guard Candice Adams takes a shot at the free-throw line against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

“It’s hard to get back in the groove after you’ve missed consecutive shots,” Adams said. “But that doesn’t mean you stop shooting, stop attacking.”

The leading scorer for the Mean Green, junior guard Kelsey Criner, thought that communication was lacking between her and her teammates, and it showed on the court. Turning the ball over 17 times, five of those times in the last quarter of play, it seemed as the women were getting much more nervous towards the end and easily losing control of the ball more.

“We felt like we had to share the ball more and see [who] was open,” Criner said.

One of the Mean Green’s main accomplishments of the night was holding Conference-USA’s leading scorer Jennie Simms to only 14 points. Entering tonight’s game, she was averaging 20.2 points.

“I think 14 points is a low for her. I don’t think we did a terrible job,” Mitchell said. “I thought we could’ve done some things about the nine rebounds, but I’m not upset about holding her to 14 [points]. We wanted to make sure she got under her average.”

North Texas junior guard Terra Ellison drives the basket against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell Senior Staff Photographer

North Texas junior guard Terra Ellison drives the basket against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

The main goal for North Texas going into the next game will be to play like they did the last 20 minutes, according to Mitchell. She said the first half was not up to par, and hopes her team fights to the finish against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the last six remaining games in regular season.

“It’s very important [to win],” Criner said. “We need wins so we can have a good spot in the conference tournament.”

Featured Image: North Texas junior guard Kelsey Criner dribbles toward the baseline against Old Dominion University. Colin Mitchell | Senior Staff Photographer

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