NT Women's Hoops Storms From Behind But 49ers Prevail Late
#MGWBB Falls Despite Wynn's 16 points
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In its first ever game against the Charlotte 49ers, the North Texas women’s basketball team overcame a 16-point deficit, but the battle-hardened squad could not sustain its momentum in the final seconds as it fell in its second Conference USA game, 61-59.
Despite the frustrating loss, the Mean Green saw a couple big performances highlighted by the team-high 16 points scored by junior Briesha Wynn, two short of her career high. She also had 13 rebounds to notch the second double-double of her season.
“I had no issue with our effort tonight,” head coach Mike Petersen said. “If we play with this kind of intensity and effort for the rest our games, I think we'll end this season in a good position.”
Despite a quick start offensively by the Mean Green, Charlotte countered midway through the first half with a 13-0 run that buried North Texas into an early hole.
Utilizing an effective 2-3 zone, the 49ers limited North Texas to only 22 first-half points, it second-lowest total of the season after only scoring 20 in the first frame at Middle Tennessee. But the Mean Green did not fold in the second half.
In a gutsy offensive surge, North Texas stormed back to reclaim the lead at 46-45 behind a flurry of drives into the paint and a crowd-silencing Wynn 3-pointer from the top of the key at the nine-minute mark.
The two C-USA units exchanged blows and runs down the stretch resulting in one last chance for North Texas with five seconds remaining. Freshman point guard Candice Adams drove the length of the floor and put up a last-second floater from the paint that did not fall.
Junior Janis Peterson bounced back after a rough outing in Murfreesboro with 12 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore starting forward Acheil Tac also logged minutes in her return from a knee injury. She posted six points and six boards in 22 minutes of play.
North Texas returns home seeking its first C-USA victory when it hosts Marshall on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Super Pit.