WBB Senior Night Spoiled By UTEP Three-Point Barrage
Seniors Darrington, Dawkins Score in Double-Figures
DENTON — The ice from an overnight freezing rain might have melted in the afternoon, but there sure was rain in the Super Pit on Thursday evening. UTEP came into town and dropped 11 three-pointers on the North Texas women's basketball team, and the Miners defeated the Mean Green on Senior Night, 69-61.
"It was two closely-matched teams but they made a couple more shots," head coach Mike Petersen said. "They made 11 threes and a lot of those were when we were squared up on them. Six of those threes were right over us when we didn't get our hands up quickly enough."
Guard Candice Adams had all three North Texas three-pointers in the game and tied a season-high with 15 points on 5-12 shooting. It was the third time in the sophomore's career that she had three treys in a game, which is a career-high. Four other Mean Green players scored in double-figures, marking the first time since December 5, 2005 in a win against SMU that five teammates each scored 10 or more points.
Although there was an eight-point spread at the final buzzer, it was the closest game of the season for North Texas, as there were 10 ties and 19 lead changes over the 40 minutes. The final lead change came with 3:09 remaining, when UTEP's Cameasha Turner hit the team's 10th three-pointer of the game to make the score 58-55 in favor of the Miners.
"We led for over half the game, but at the end of the day they made some big shots when they needed to," Petersen said. "To win games like these you have to make plays, and credit to them for making plays."
The junior guard scored 15 points, all in the second half, after sitting out most of the first half in foul trouble. Senior Stacie Telles and freshman Lulu McKinney tied for the UTEP scoring lead with 16 points apiece. Between those three guards came nine of the Miners’ 11 three-pointers.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- In their final game at the Super Pit, seniors Joh'Vonna Darrington and BreAnna Dawkins scored in double-figures; Darrington with a career-high 12 and Dawkins with 10, all in the second half.
- Sophomore Terra Ellison, with 10, and junior Acheil Tac, with 12, were the other two to add double-digit scoring efforts for the Mean Green.
- Darrington and Tac each had nine rebounds, falling one board short of a double-double.
Next Up for North Texas
- The Mean Green plays its final home game of the season against UTSA on March 7 at Kitty Magee Arena. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and it will be a free event for all fans, with free parking in designated lots on TWU's campus.