Friday morning notes (More on women’s hoops signee, schedule)

The UNT women’s basketball team has added another player to its roster for next season in Baton Rouge JC point guard Kasiney Williams.

The news flew a little bit under the radar and is worth rehashing here a bit on the blog. Here are the basics.

Williams didn’t put up huge numbers, averaging 7.7 points and 2.8 assists a game, but ran the show for a good team that advanced to the NJCAA national tournament.

“She gives us an extra ball-handler and is a winner,” UNT coach Mike Petersen said. “Baton Rouge just went to the national tournament with eight kids on their roster. Kasiney willed them there and is a winner. If you are just looking at her stats, they are fine, but she is a hard-worker and a team leader.”

Williams is a player who fills an immediate need for the Mean Green, which lost both Laura McCoy and Hannah Christian to graduation.

UNT has a very talented young point guard coming back in Candice Adams, a player who was ranked among the top 100 players in the country coming out of high school. What it didn’t have before signing Williams was another experienced ball-handler to pair with her. Williams addresses that need.

UNT wants to push the ball at every opportunity in Petersen’s system. It’s tough to do that while leaning on one player to handle the ball the majority of the time.

Williams gives UNT another option and another player in a class that includes high school signees Bria Frierson, Jaileen Thomas and Megan Womack.

And while we are on the topic of women’s basketball, UNT is close to finalizing its schedule. Petersen said UNT has one more game to get in place before announcing the full slate, but there are a few key nonconference games in place.

UNT will travel to Texas A&M and to SMU while hosting Oklahoma and Houston. UNT plays SMU every year. The other three games are games that were coming up due to multi-game contracts.

There is a lot to like about that slate of games for UNT, which will bring some high-profile teams to the Super Pit. It’s good for the program and for the athletic department in general.

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