Missed Layups, Free Throws Doom Women's BBall
Charlotte 49ers Star Webster Drops Career-High 25 Points
DENTON – After picking up its first home win in nearly a calendar year on Saturday, North Texas failed to string together back-to-back wins, dropping Thursday night's C-USA tilt at the Super Pit. In a game of back and forth runs by each team, the visiting Charlotte 49ers outlasted the Mean Green down the stretch, 67-58. With the loss, the team drops to 1-3 in Conference USA play.
The theme tonight was just as it has been all season: missed free throws and layups for North Texas. The home squad shot 37.9-percent (22-58) from the floor and 52.2-percent (12-23) from the stripe; the Mean Green was 4-11 in the first half on their freebies, which led to a three-point halftime deficit.
"This is too hard of a game to win if you can't make a layup or a free throw; and we didn't," head coach Mike Petersen added after the game. "We created a lot of layups and that's a good thing. But if you're going to beat Conference USA-level teams, you gotta be able to make layups and frankly you gotta be able to make free throws."
North Texas had three players in double figures, led by senior Briesha Wynn with 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior Eboniey Jeter scored 10 points for the first time since December 3 and added a team-high eight rebounds. Senior BreAnna Dawkins added 11 points of her own, marking the sixth time this season she has scored at least that many.
Preseason All-C-USA First Team player Lefty Webster had a career-high 25 points for the 49ers, who now improve to 6-10 on the season and 2-2 in C-USA play. The sophomore went only 6-11 from the field, but added 11 points from the foul line on 17 attempts, most of which came down the stretch when North Texas began fouling on purpose.
The Mean Green only led once in the game - two minutes into the first half - but kept fighting back against the 49ers in the second half. After sophomore Terra Ellison hit one of two foul shots with 5:25 remaining, North Texas trailed 51-50, but Charlotte then went on an 11-1 run to pull away for good.
Unlike its last game against Rice, the Mean Green was tremendous on the glass. North Texas allowed three offensive rebounds to Charlotte - the lowest mark this season for an opponent - and outrebounded the 49ers 39-33 total. Sophomore Candice Adams even got into the glass-cleaning action, as she pulled down a career-high seven boards.
Next up for North Texas:
After splitting the first two games of the current three-game homestand, the Mean Green looks to wrap things up when Conference USA foe Old Dominion comes to the Super Pit on Saturday, Jan. 17. Tip is set for 4:00 p.m.
"Old Dominion is really streaky and they're really up and down," Petersen said. "They'll be really high-risk on defense, so we should be able to get to the rim. We got to the rim a lot tonight we just gotta cash those in [next time]."