Women's Basketball Falls To Rice In Double Overtime
Owls Defeat Mean Green, 79-73
DENTON -- Knowing the history between the Mean Green and the Owls, it should have been no surprise that today's game went to double overtime. For the second time this season, however, the game did not end in the Mean Green's favor.
The Rice women's basketball team outscored North Texas, 14-8, in the second overtime period to take a 79-73 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Super Pit.
After three Mean Green players fouled out, North Texas was down to two starters in the second overtime period and ran out of steam as Rice went 2-for-4 from the field in the frame and was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
"I thought we didn't take the quality shots we had been taking earlier," said North Texas head coach Jalie Mitchell in regards to the final overtime period. "I thought we could have been more aggressive going to the basket."
Having led most of the game, North Texas entered the fourth quarter with a 46-44 lead. Bria Frierson gave North Texas a five-point lead, 51-46, after making a free-throw and then following up her next missed free-throw with a layup.
The Mean Green went silent for the next six minutes, while Rice built up a six-point lead, 57-51, with 1:34 left in regulation. North Texas did not stop pushing. Kelsey Criner cut into the lead with a layup with 33 seconds on the clock and then Candice Adams hit a jumper to cut the lead to one possession, 60-57.
After a Rice turnover, North Texas had an opportunity to tie the game with 13.6 seconds left on the clock. NT found Adams in the corner for the three. The senior missed but was fouled on the play. Adams made the three free throws to tie the game, 60-60, and force overtime.
"I'm proud of Candice," said Mitchell. "It takes something to step up and make those shots."
Rice missed a layup with time expiring and the score tied at 65-65 to give the Mean Green another opportunity in the second overtime.
In what proved to be the final period of play, North Texas was blocked twice and turned the over ball in the first two minutes. Rice hit two three-pointers and did not miss from the free-throw line to seal the win.
North Texas built up its lead in the first and second quarters with help from freshman Orianna Shillow. In her first career start, the freshman made five 3-pointers, including four in the first two quarters. She completed a four-point play to give North Texas its largest lead of the game, 25-15, midway through the second quarter.
"Every game in this conference is tough," said Mitchell about the upcoming schedule. "We have to get together and get this done. Stealing on the road is what we have to do."
North Texas takes to the road next week to face Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
Mean Green Quick Hits
• North Texas played its second overtime game this season, both coming against Rice.
• Five players scored in double-figures for the Mean Green.
• Three players fouled out in the game; Acheil Tac, Kelsey Criner and Teadra Jones.
• Candice Adams posted her 10th game this season in double-figures, finishing with 16 points.
• Bria Frierson posted her third game this season in double-figures with 12 points.
• Kasiney Williams scored a season-high 10 points.
• Both Kelsey Criner and Acheil Tac fouled out in the game. They each finished with eight points.
• Orianna Shillow started her first career game against Rice. She played 36 minutes after playing just 2 minutes this entire season.
• Orianna Shillow finished with 16 points, tying for the team lead. She went 5-for-8 from 3-point range.
• Shillow made the first three baskets of her career; all 3-pointers. She was fouled on the second one and completed the four-point play. She recorded 10 points by halftime. She made her fourth 3-pointer at the start of the third quarter and her fifth in the second overtime period.
• Shillow scored the most 3-pointers in a game this season for the Mean Green with five.
• North Texas honored the 1986 NCAA Tournament team at halftime of today's game. It has been 30 years since the Mean Green advanced to the NCAA Tournament.