DENTON (1/11/07) - The North Texas men's and women's basketball teams host a doubleheader tonight against Louisiana-Lafayette at the Super Pit. The women open the doubleheader at 5 pm, while the men follow at 7 pm.
The North Texas men (11-5, 2-3 SBC) look to bounce back after dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season. The game can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.
The Ragin’ Cajuns enjoy a 14-7 all-time edge over the Mean Green, including a 9-3 mark in Sun Belt play since North Texas joined the league in 2000-01. The two clubs have split their all-time meetings in Denton, 4-4, but the Mean Green have taken two of the last three. North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette split their two meetings last year, with the home team winning each game. The Mean Green took the first ever meeting between the two programs, 47-40, on Dec. 27, 1949.
Guard Kendrick Davis returned to the starting lineup against Arkansas State for the first time since his Nov. 15 injury and piled up a team-high 18 points to go with five rebounds and a pair of assists. In his three Sun Belt conference games this year, the senior is averaging 16.3 ppg and 2.0 apg, while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor.
The North Texas women are playing their fourth game in seven days. The Mean Green is looking to rebound from a loss to Denver on Tuesday and end its three-game losing streak. Louisiana-Lafayette has won two straight and four of its past five games.
Amber Jackson dished out a career-high seven assists in the game against Denver, which was also a season high for North Texas. The seven assists by Jackson set two intriguing marks. First it was the most assists by a North Texas player since Erika Bobo had seven on December 18, 2005. Jackson, a forward, had the most assists by a North Texas forward since Jalie Mitchell had nine on November 18, 2000.
Erica Howard turned in one of her best performances of her career against the Denver Pioneers. She notched her third career double-double with a season-high 19 points and ten rebounds. Howard in the last four games is averaging 9.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and shooting it 53 percent from the floor.
The inside game of the Mean Green flexed its muscle in the last game. Against Denver, North Texas had a combined 34 points from its starting forwards.
The Mean Green is battling through its toughest stretch of the year offensively. North Texas has been held to 51 points or less in its last three games. Previous to that stretch the Mean Green hasn’t been kept below the 50-point mark more than twice this season.
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