Jan. 8, 2014
NT-Middle Tennessee Box Score
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Minus its starting center, Acheil Tac, North Texas could not contain a record-setting offensive explosion by Middle Tennessee, falling in its first Conference USA game to the Blue Raiders, 86-42.
Turnovers ultimately doomed the Mean Green on the road against the Blue Raiders. MT capitalized on the Mean Green errors turning them into 31 points, while the Mean Green only scored nine off Blue Raider turnovers.
“You can’t allow a team of their caliber to have as many points off turnovers and second-chance points and expect to win,” head coach Mike Petersen said. “We are a mature team, and we won’t allow this to get to us as we head to Charlotte next.”
North Texas began the contest with a strategy to stop Middle Tennessee superstar Ebony Rowe by doubling and tripling her down the court on each Blue Raider possession. MT countered the strategy by allowing starting MT center KeKe Stewart, who was left unguarded at the arc, to fire 3-pointers at will. She was successful, hitting five of 12 3-pointers in the first half alone as North Texas went into the half down 22.
Middle Tennessee utilized Stewart even more in the second half. The center, who had not scored more than 22 points in a game in her career, lit it up the basket from range. She hit a C-USA record 11 3-pointers, one make short of tying the NCAA record, on 26 attempts, which is tied for the NCAA record.
The Blue Raiders knocked down a season-high 15 3-pointers as a unit.
Senior forward Ash’Lynne Evans was one of the lone bright spots for the Mean Green. She scored nine points and added eight rebounds.
Freshman point guard Candice Adams also scored nine points and added a pair of assists.
It is a quick turnaround for North Texas as it travels to Charlotte next for its first ever game against the 49ers on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m. CST.