Mean Green's Second-Half Comeback Loses Steam Late At LA Tech
UNT Pulls Within Three Points After Trailing By 16 In Third Quarter
Jan. 3, 2018
RUSTON, LA -- North Texas held Louisiana Tech to 1-of-11 shooting in the game's final seven minutes to pull within three points after trailing by as many as 16 in the third quarter.
But that one made field goal for the Lady Techsters was a big one.
Leading by only three, LA Tech's Taylor Stahly drilled a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:18 remaining to hold off the Mean Green run and convert on their late free throw attempts to eventually win 61-53 in the Conference USA opener in Ruston, Louisina.
UNT's season leading scorer Terreill Bradley scored a game-high 23 points, and had 15 in the third quarter alone to lead the comeback. But the preseason all-conference selectee was held to just one point in the fourth quarter as the Lady Techsters clamped down on her on defense.
The Mean Green's (9-4, 0-1 C-USA) Bradley knocked down every shot LA Tech (10-4, 1-0 C-USA) gave her in the third quarter. She made three 3-pointers, drove past LA Tech defenders and got to the free throw line.
UNT scored 19 points in the third quarter after scoring only 21 in the entire first half.
But in the fourth quarter the comeback ran out of steam.
While the Mean Green defense held LA Tech to 1-of-11 shooting, the Mean Green on offense were scoreless for over four minutes during that time period and didn't make a field goal in the game's final 4:39.
North Texas' reigning C-USA Freshman of the Week, Lauren Holmes went 1-of-14 from the field in the game. She did finish with three steals to extend her streak of 13 straight games with a steal.
Post Micayla Buckner was huge for the Mean Green in the second half.
After only having two points and four rebounds in the first half as UNT trailed 33-21 at the break, Buckner had eight points and eight rebounds in the second half.
She had three offensive rebounds in the second half that all resulted in points for North Texas.
UNT has to quickly regroup as they host Rice (10-2) on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
MEAN GREEN QUICK SHOTS
- Point guard Brittany Smith finished with a UNT career-high seven assists. She had four in the first quarter.
- Micayla Buckner had a career-high 12 rebounds and recorded her second career double-double.
- Terriell Bradley has had seven 20-point games this year.
- Starter Trena Mims committed zero fouls for the second straight game.