Seeing Double: Tac's Monster Game Propels Mean Green
Dawkins Pours in 21, Leads WBB to 77-61 Win Over FIU
DENTON — The North Texas women's basketball team was able to keep the FIU Panthers at bay on Saturday, 77-61. The Mean Green won its second consecutive game much like it did two nights before against Florida Atlantic. Junior forward Acheil Tac netted her second-consecutive double-double, scoring a season-high 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
"Acheil has been phenomenally active. She had 33 rebounds this weekend; that's big-time stuff," head coach Mike Petersen commented on the play of the lady in the middle. "That's impressive but it's not terribly shocking, because we have confidence in her and now she should have confidence in herself."
The two teams were tied 28-28 with five minutes to play in the first half, but then BreAnna Dawkins woke up. The senior guard scored eight points before halftime, including a second-consecutive buzzer-beater and the Mean Green went to the locker room with an eight-point lead, 38-30. She also scored the first four points of the second half for the home squad.
North Texas would not look back and neither did Dawkins, as she scored 21 points on 8-18 shooting with a 5-5 mark from the foul line, which was only three points shy of a career-high 24 she had on Thursday night against FAU. Tac's success against the Panthers came two days after accumulating 11 points and 14 rebounds against the Owls.
"For this group, the biggest thing is to see the ball go in the basket," Petersen analyzed. "That needs to be who we are and we've been saying all season that that could be who we are. Now we've shown that two games in a row and we need to stay with it."
The Mean Green faced a huge challenge from FIU redshirt freshman forward Kiandre'a Pound, who scored a total of 19 points with five rebounds. Senior guard Zsofia Labady, with 12 points and 6 rebounds, and senior center Marita Davydova, with 10 points and nine rebounds, also gave North Texas some trouble on the defensive end.
Eboniey Jeter gave the Mean Green some tough minutes down low against Davydova. The redshirt sophomore from Killeen was second on the team with seven rebounds, including two on the offensive end that she converted into four second-chance points in the first half. Jeter also finished the game with a team-high and career-high-tying two blocks.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- North Texas eclipsed it season-best point total for the second straight game. The team also set season highs for free throws made (21) and set a new season low for turnovers committed (10).
- Sophomore guard Candice Adams had eight points, including two three-pointers. It was the eighth game this season when Adams has hit multiple threes in a game; the rest of the team has 11 combined.
- This is the Mean Green's first winning streak since November 23-24, 2013 against Abilene Christian and Bethune Cookman in the Holiday Hill Challenge.
Next Up for North Texas
- The Mean Green heads east for its final road swing of the season. The trip begins with Charlotte on February 26 and then finishes with Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia, on February 28. North Texas went 0-2 in a homestand against the 49ers and Lady Monarchs earlier this season.