No. 5 Texas A&M Pulls Away From Mean Green
Ellison Sparks Women's BBall Early in First Career Start
COLLEGE STATION -- Through 10 minutes it looked promising, then No. 5 Texas A&M turned the volume up to 11. A layup by senior BreAnna Dawkins gave the North Texas women's basketball team a 12-9 lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half, then the Aggies went on a 17-2 run and never looked back, ultimately winning by a score of 75-38.
The Mean Green had only four turnovers in the first 12:32, but finished the game with 26, including 13 in the first 11 minutes of the second half, when Texas A&M went on a 23-7 run to begin the second frame.
"We were feeling pretty good. Our intensity was good, everybody was playing well, our heads were into it," sophomore Terra Ellison said of her team's early performance. "But then the turnovers kind of got to us a little bit and the game kind of turned around when we weren't taking care of the ball as much."
Ellison made her first career start and scored eight points, had three steals and tied a career-high with five rebounds. Senior Briesha Wynn almost had her second double-double in a row, but instead settled for a nine-point, 10-rebound performance. Even though those two led the way for the Mean Green, they combined to shoot 7-26 (26.9-percent), contributing to a 15-61 (24.6-percent) overall team performance.
A bright spot for North Texas in this game was from the foul line, where the team has normally struggled mightily. But against Texas A&M, the Mean Green went 7-9 (77.8-percent); it was their best mark so far this season. Wynn went 3-3 at the stripe and senior Joh'Vonna Darrington went 2-2.
Even though it was a 37-point win for the Aggies, it was a very balanced performance from the home team. No player scored more than 12, and all 13 players who saw action put at least one point on the scoresheet.
Overall, the Aggies were effective inside, where they outscored the Mean Green 46-20 in the paint. But it was not only big players who were getting baskets, but the guards as well. Junior Courtney Walker led the way with 12 points, but also led the team with five turnovers. Junior Chelsea Jennings was the only other Texas A&M player in double-digits; she had 10 points.
"It's no secret, when they get between you and the rim, they're pretty good," Petersen said. "We did a pretty good job early, but then we had some breakdowns on defense and got in a stretch when we didn't value the ball. They're pretty good at converting turnovers and they're pretty good at getting end-to-end."
After beginning the season 1-10 in non-conference play, North Texas moves on to Conference USA opponents. The six-day road trip continues when the Mean Green faces off against 5-4 UTEP in El Paso. That game will take place on January 2 at 8 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center.