This Time, North Texas' Comeback Falls Short

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Feb. 24, 2018

DENTON - The North Texas women's basketball team attempted to once again come from behind late in the game but fell short to Marshall, 62-54, Saturday night at the Super Pit.

The loss ends a four-game winning streak for the Mean Green who two days ago completed an 18-point second-half comeback at Old Dominion.

"We looked out of sync to me," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "Our first half was very poor. We missed some easy shots inside and passed up some shots on the perimeter."

The poor first half was surprising considering how they started the game.

North Texas came out on a fire and began the contest with two back-to-back 3-pointers from Terriell Bradley and a jumper by Micayla Buckner.

Marshall, though, hung tight and didn't let the Mean Green (15-11, 6-8 C-USA) get too far ahead. UNT entered Saturday's game with an 11-1 record in game where they led after one quarter.

Marshall (9-19, 3-12 C-USA) trailed by just two after the first quarter. 

The lead was quickly lost as Marshall's Logan Fraley's 3-pointer gave the Thundering Herd the lead to start the second quarter. The Mean Green then struggled on offense, scoring just four points in the entire quarter and turning the ball over four times in the second quarter and a total of seven times in the first half.

Trailing by 11 at halftime, the lead grew to as many as 16 points midway through the third quarter, around the same time UNT made its comeback push against Old Dominion on Thursday. 

Sure enough, the Mean Green seemed poised for another come-from-behind victory as Brittany Smith made a pair of shots and led her team on a 9-0 run to cut the lead down to 10 heading into the fourth quarter where UNT opened the quarter on a 5-0 run and had nearly all the momentum on its side. 

UNT came as close as three points to Marshall in the final quarter but couldn't make the stops or shots that put them ahead.  

Maybe no misses were more big than with around two minutes left in the game and North Texas trailing by four.

After making 12 of their first 13 free throw attempts, the Mean Green missed four in a row, all while they were trailing by four points and with less than two minutes remaining. 

The misses seemed to take the steam out of the comeback.

"It hurt, because every free throw opportunity was in crunch time," Mitchell said of the missed free throws. "It was an opportunity to close the gap. It could have turned in our favor if we were able to knock those down."

Following the missed free throws, Marshall increased their lead and had two key defensive stops.

"We started the second half with a lot more energy," freshman Lauren Holmes said. "We were moving the ball a lot more and our defense played a lot better. It's obviously frustrating since we won four in a row and then losing this one, but we need to have short-term memory and finish the season strong."  

NEXT UP
North Texas will play its final home game on March 1 at 5 p.m. versus UAB.

Mean Green Quick Shots

  • In the first quarter, Terriell Bradley broke the Mean Green single season free throw record, previously held by Sherronda Williams in the 1991-92 season.
  • Bradley also became the sixth player in Mean Green history to score over 500 points in a single season. She ended Saturday's game with 502 points this season.

 

 

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