Mean Green Women Fall Flat At Southern Miss
North Texas Offense Struggles In 57-38 Loss From Hattiesburg
Senior Acheil Tac led the Mean Green with 12 points on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The North Texas women entered their battle with Southern Miss hoping to play heartbreaker to a team that had yet to lose on its home court this season. Unfortunately, the Mean Green didn’t bring much offense with them.
North Texas (8-11, 3-6) turned in one of its worst outings of the season on Thursday night in a 57-38 loss to the Golden Eagles from the Reed Green Coliseum in Hattiesburg. The Mean Green offense seemingly matched season lows in scoring, field goals and percentage from the field which, when combined with 26 turnovers, spelled disaster for Jalie Mitchell’s squad.
“You can’t win a game if you can’t put the ball in the hole,” Mitchell said. “I just thought we were not finishing and we were not organized offensively. This one’s on us.”
The Mean Green made just 29.4 percent of its field-goal attempts and scored a combined 12 points in the second and third periods, dropping North Texas to 8-11 on the year. Senior Acheil Tac was the only visiting player to finish in double digits as she racked up 12 points and seven rebounds.
Defensively, North Texas did a decent job of executing its interior-centric gameplan. The Mean Green held Caitlin Jenkins - one of C-USA’s premier freshmen - scoreless in the first half, but quality minutes from USM’s role players more than made up for Jenkins’s lack of scoring.
But as play wore on and the turnover numbers continued to add up for North Texas, Jenkins too was able to get involved. Southern Miss ended the night scoring 24 points off of Mean Green turnovers, and Jenkins added 12 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season.
North Texas never led but they trailed by only two points after the first quarter. The Mean Green combined for just eight points in the second quarter before an 8-0 Golden Eagle run in the third was coupled with only four NT points to extend the lead beyond reach.
North Texas has one more road contest before returning to Denton, a Saturday matchup with Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. from Ruston.