DENTON, TX - The North Texas women were without three of primary contributors against the 8-2 Cameron Aggies Saturday night. But rather than look to one starter to pickup the slack, North Texas coach Mike Petersen found a bench ready to step up.
Four North Texas players came off the bench to register season-highs in minutes, and three turned in their best scoring nights of the season to help the Mean Green close out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a dominant 69-41 victory at the Super Pit.
"We had some popel playing that haven't played some minutes," Petersen said. "One of the advantages of having depth is, when you have a situation like this, you still have people who can play, and I thought they did a very good job.
Evans led the way for North Texas with her second double-double of the season. The senior forward from Everman had game-highs in points (15) and rebounds (12).
"She had to play a lot of minutes, but they were really good minutes," Petersen said. "I thought she did a nice job."
North Texas also got 10 points from Janis Peterson, and Jeter had a season-high 10 points and matched her season-best with six rebounds.
The game started wildly, with the teams missing seven three-point attempts. But North Texas quickly found the range, and four-straight three-point field goals by Briesha Wynn, Janis Peterson, Hannah Christian, and Peterson again staked the Mean Green to a 24-11 lead.
The North Texas defense was suffocating most of the half, forcing 13 turnovers and holding the Aggies to 23 percent shooting on six-of-26 from the field. Cameron managed one brief offensive outburst to cut the gap to 10 at 27-17, but Eboniey Jeter scored the final five points of the half to send North Texas to intermission with a 34-17 lead.
• North Texas was without three players who have started or played major minutes this year. Sophomore forward Acheil Tac was out with a knee injury, senior guard Laura McCoy was out with the flu, and Alexis Hyder was out with a concussion.
• The Mean Green had a trio of three-point plays in the first half, drawing fouls inside and converting all three free throws. Briesha Wynn had two and Eboniey Jeter had one.
• Cameron controlled the boards in the first half, out-rebounding the Mean Green 25-16.
• Taylor Hooker, a transfer from Tulsa, made her second appearance of the season and had two points, two boards, and an assist.
• Peterson had a career-high four shot blocks.
• Redshirt freshman Kiarra Davis made her season debut and drilled a pair of three-point shots.
The Mean Green women open Conference USA play with a familiar foe, former Sun-Belt rival Middle Tennessee, in Murfreesboro on Thursday at 7 p.m.