North Texas added a top junior college player to its backcourt on Monday, when coach Mike Petersen confirmed that one of the Mean Green’s starters from last season has elected to transfer.
Alexis Hyder, a forward who tied for the team lead with an average of 11.3 points a game as a sophomore, will not return and is looking to continue her career at another school. UNT moved to help fill that scoring void with the addition of Pensacola State (Fla.) College product Teadra Jones.
Jones, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged 13.9 points to to along with 4.1 rebounds a game as a sophomore last season.
“Teadra was 6A all-state and was all-league twice in the best junior college league in the country,” Petersen said. “She gives us another scoring and ball-handling option on the perimeter. She also has great position versatility.”
Jones will have two years of eligibility remaining at UNT and could be a good fit for the Mean Green, which is moving to an up-tempo style of play under Petersen.
Hyder was a third-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection as a freshman when she averaged 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. The former Austin LBJ standout saw her production dip in her final season at UNT, but scored in double figures in 20 games, including 13 of the final 15 games of the year.
Hyder has two years of eligibility remaining.
UNT had four seniors on its roster last season it must replace in addition to Hyder. Point guards Laura McCoy and Hannah Christian, shooting guard Desiree Nelson and forward Ash’Lynne Evans were all seniors last season.
McCoy finished her career with 164 3-pointers, good for second in school history, and averaged 5.4 points a game. Nelson averaged 4.0 points a game.
Jones could give UNT another backcourt option and help replace those guards next season, when the Mean Green will also see several players who suffered season-ending or long-term injuries return.
UNT lost shooting guard BreAnna Dawkins after eight games to a leg injury and had another shooting guard in Taylor Hooker give up basketball. Forward Acheil Tac and point guard Candice Adams also suffered season-ending injuries. Small forward Joh’Vonna Darrington played in only 14 games due to injury.
UNT will look to that core and Jones to help fill the scoring void left by Hyder, who recorded 753 points in two seasons with the Mean Green, which put her on pace to become just the third 1,500-point scorer in school history.
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