It will be the 38th meeting ever between Mean Green and Ragin’ Cajuns. UNT has a slim 20-17 lead in the all-time streak dating back to 1984. The two teams faced each other annually from 2001 to 2013 as members of the Sun Belt Conference.
The contest between UNT and Montana St., meanwhile, will be only their second ever. The Mean Green defeated the Bobcats 87-78 last season on November 26 in the Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Cal Poly.
UNT will look to bounce back from back-to-back losses to SFA and Wichita State as they attempt to not start the season 1-3 for the first time since 2018-19.
After 30 points against WSU, Quincy Noble became the first UNT player to receive C-USA Player of the Week honors since the 2019-20 season.
Louisiana goes into the competition 1-4 overall after playing a tough early schedule with three matchups against Power 5 opponents (Texas, Texas Tech, Colorado).
MSU, meanwhile, goes into the tournament 3-1 and has wins over BYU and North Dakota on their resume. The only loss for the Bobcats this season came against Arizona State.
Read up on the Ragin’ Cajuns
- Louisiana goes into the competition with a 1-4 record in the season, with their only win over Houston coming to open the year.
- The Ragin’ Cajuns went into the semifinals of last season 18-7 and 9-4 in the Sun Belt.
- UL is led offensively by Tamera Johnson, who leads the team with 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Johnson scored 15 points against #3 Texas earlier this season.
- Louisiana also gets a solid performance from Lanay Wheaton, who is scoring 8.4 points and taking down 4.2 boards per game this season.
- As a team, UL is doing a good job of earning the charity strip as they rank 29th in the country this season with 24.0 free throw attempts per game.
Refreshing the Bobcats
- Montana State goes into the tournament this season with 4-1 aggregate wins over BYU, North Dakota and San Diego State. The only loss for the Bobcats came against Arizona State.
- MSU finished 2021-22 22-13 and won the Big Sky tournament to earn a spot in the NCAAA tournament.
- Texas-born junior Leia Beattie leads the offense in MSU, averaging 13.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Beattie had a career-best 27 points in the Bobcats’ most recent win over San Jose State.
- Senior Darian White and Junior Grace Beasley are also in double digits for MSU, with 11.4 and 10.4 points per game, respectively.
- Similar to Louisiana, the Bobcats are also one of the strongest teams in the country from the free throw line, ranking 14th in Division I with 18.8 free throws per game.
C-USA Player of the Week
- After hitting her career high against Wichita St. and averaging 21.0 points per game this week, Quincy Noble was named C-USA Women’s Basketball of the Week for the first time in her career.
- Noble started the week with 12 points, adding two rebounds, a block and an assist against SFA. The McKinney, Texas senior followed up with one of the best performances of her career on Saturday when she took to the streets in Wichita State for 30 points.
- She was the first UNT basketball player to receive this recognition since N’Yah Boyd won the award on December 28, 2020.
- This season, Noble is averaging 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She is less than 200 points away from becoming the 15th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
A look back at the state of Wichita
- Noble accumulated 25 points in the first half and tied her career-high 30 in the game, but UNT failed to maintain a 17-point lead in the first half as they lost 57–53 in their first road contest of the season.
- Noble also matched her career-high with six 3-pointers, but Mean Green only managed 12 points in the second half as they fell to 1-2 in the season.
- After trailing 0:5 early on, UNT was able to get off to an offensive start thanks to eight early points from the junior Jaaucklyn Moore. She scored eight of the game’s first 10 points for UNT, finishing with 11.
- On the first stretch, Noble started with her dominant game. The McKinney, Texas senior scored 10 of the last 11 points of the first quarter and added another 15 in the second quarter to extend the lead to 17 by the break.
- With the 48-36 score and just over a minute into the third game, WSU went on an 8-0 run to close the third and open the fourth, making it 48-44 with 8:45 to go to play.
- The Shockers accumulated 13 straight points over a six-minute period to reclaim the lead they refused to give up.
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