Woolridge all-conference

North Texas guard Ryan Woolridge scores on a layup during a game at the Super Pit earlier this season. 

North Texas guard Ryan Woolridge was named to the All-Conference USA third team on Monday, when fellow guard Umoja Gibson was named to the league’s All-Freshman Team.

C-USA released both men’s and women’s all-conference teams two days before the beginning of the league’s annual tournament.

The UNT men will face Florida International in the opening round at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. The UNT women will face Southern Mississippi at 11 a.m.

Woolridge is averaging 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.

Gibson leads UNT with 12.5 points per game and has hit 91 shots from 3-point range in a bounce-back season. The Waco native broke his ankle early last season and took a medical redshirt.

DJ Draper was named to the All-Academic Team.

“Those are team awards,” UNT coach Grant McCasland said. “All of those guys are quick to give credit to their teammates. That shows what kind of people we have on our team.”

Marshall guard Jon Elmore, Texas-San Antonio guard Jhivvan Jackson and Western Kentucky center Charles Bassey joined Old Dominion guard Ahmad Caver and forward B.J. Stith on the first team.

The league will announce its Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday. The C-USA Player of the Year and Gene Bartow Coach of the Year will be unveiled on Wednesday.

George joins Bradley in earning C-USA honors

Senior guard Terriell Bradley received first-team all-league honors Monday for the second straight year and was one of two UNT women honored by the league.

Junior post Anisha George was named to the All-C-USA Defensive Team.

Bradley leads the Mean Green and ranks fourth in the league with 16.7 points per game.

“That is hard to do,” UNT women’s coach Jalie Mitchell said of Bradley repeating as a first-team selection. “I am really proud of her for being able to do that.”

George leads UNT with 7.6 rebounds per game, while her scoring average of 11.1 is second on the team.

“I have had a lot of coaches comment on her after games and her value to our team,” Mitchell said of George.

C-USA tourney to remain in Frisco

C-USA has extended its agreement to play its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments through the 2021 event, the league announced Monday.

The conference moved the tournament to Frisco last season. C-USA officials reconfigure the space that often is used as a football field.

“It’s a phenomenal opportunity for our program and a huge blessing,” McCasland said. “There are a lot of people involved in making that work. It’s turned out to be a unique venue.”

BRETT VITO can be reached at 940-566-6870 and via Twitter at @brettvito.

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