Late Three-Pointer By Holmes Guts Out Victory For Mean Green
UNT Beats Charlotte 73-68
Jan. 13, 2018
DENTON -- Tied at 68 with 26 seconds remaining in the game, Mean Green freshman Lauren Holmes made a corner 3-pointer to lift the North Texas women's basketball team past Charlotte 73-68 Saturday afternoon at the Super Pit.
The win is the program's first-ever against the 49ers and is their 11th win this season, tying last season's regular season win total with 12 games remaining on this year's schedule.
"Super clutch by her to take that shot and knock it down," said head coach Jalie Mitchell of her freshman guard. "Very proud of her and our team for battling."
Holmes and the Mean Green (11-5, 2-2 C-USA) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter after Charlotte's offense exploded for 20 points in the game's first five minutes.
The 49ers (6-11, 2-2 C-USA) scored on a layup in the game's first 2 seconds and had just three turnovers in the first quarter while UNT had 10 -- nearly its single-game season average.
But steadily North Texas worked its way back into the game, holding Charlotte to just 11 second quarter points and eventually taking a one-point lead into the half on a Terriell Bradley put-back layup as the first-half clock expired.
In the second-half, Bradley and junior Grace Goodhart kept UNT's offense chugging along, the two combined to make seven 3-pointers on Saturday as the Mean Green finished with 10 for the second consecutive game.
UNT and Charlotte were tied at 55 headed into the fourth quarter and neither team led by more than three until the games final seconds.
But with 26 seconds left, Holmes, who at the time was just 1-of-5 from the field, had her number called on a baseline inbound play underneath the Mean Green basket.
"Just keep shooting," Holmes said she told herself before she took her shot. "That's what they tell shooters and that's what my team kept telling me and I told myself I'm going to make it."
Following the 3-pointer, which gave UNT a 3-point lead, the 49ers failed to convert on a 3-point attempt of their own on the next possession. Bradley recovered the miss and was immediately fouled. The team's leading scorer and best free throw shooter then secured the win by making two free throws to give her team a five-point advantage with nine seconds remaining.
Bradley finished with a game-high 22 points.
"I'm really proud of our team's fight," Mitchell said. "I'm really proud of how we hung in there and overcame some things. We gutted it out."
"How we handled ourselves late in the game was perfect," she added.
North Texas travels to Middle Tennessee on Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. CT tip-off. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and on KNTU 88.1 FM.
MEAN GREEN QUICK SHOTS
- North Texas set a program-record for most 3-pointers in consecutive games with 20.
- Bradley recorded her ninth 20-point game of the year.
- Goodhart made a UNT career-best four 3-pointers.
- Goodhart had a career-high 6 assists.
- Point guard Brittany Smith tied her UNT career-high with seven assists.
- Freshman point guard Trena Mims made her first five field goal attempts.