Mean Green fall to Rice, hint at extended postseason

North Texas Daily The North Texas women’s basketball team (15-15, 8-10 Conference USA) held the Rice Owls (26-3, 17-0 C-USA) to 5.5 points below their season average in a 43-61 loss in the second round of the C-USA Championship tournament. Redshirt sophomore forward Madison Townley led the Mean Green in rebounds (8) and tied for most points (11) with senior guard Terriell Bradley.“It’s just a mindset,” Townley said. “Once you get on the court, you just have to do what it takes to get done on both ends.”After being down by five in the first quarter, sophomore guard Trena Mims was able to bring North Texas back into a one-possession game at 13-16 at the end of the first with five points in 1:30 of play. The Owls spent most of the first quarter running screens with their post players, redshirt sophomore center Nancy Mulkey and sophomore center Alexah Chrisman.Rice’s height in the frontcourt helped them to out-rebound North Texas 43-35. North Texas had 17 offensive rebounds compared to Rice’s 11, but the Owls were able to grab 32 defensive rebounds while the Mean Green totaled 18. Mulkey was named to the All-Conference USA team, put up 20 points on the Mean Green and was the tallest player on the court today, checking in at 6-foot-9.“She’s a skilled player with great length,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “Everyone that had their chance at her today did the best job that they could.”Heading into halftime, the Owls were up 30-22 and North Texas was able to stay within reach for most of the game leading up into the third quarter. Heading into the final period, Rice was up 45-34, and built upon their lead in the fourth quarter. Rice outscored the Mean Green 16-9 in the fourth quarter, which was enough to put the game away and win by 18.The defining factor in …

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