NT-Kansas City Box Score
DENTON, Texas - In the first start of her career, Acheil Tac recorded a double-double to lead the North Texas women's basketball team to a 77-70 season-opening victory against UMKC on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
"I thought we played really hard," said North Texas head coach Mike Petersen. "We had a lot of good looks. We just need to settle down a little bit and finish some shots. We did a lot of things right. We only turned the ball over 12 times."
Six new faces wore Mean Green uniforms for the first time tonight, and the future looks bright for North Texas. But it was the veterans who led the Mean Green to victory.
Sophomore Acheil Tac started her first career game and was impressive with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both were career highs. Eleven of her 13 points were scored in the second period.
Hyder, an all-conference selection as a freshman last season, started right where she finished off last year. Despite fouling out with three minutes left in the game, Hyder tied for the team lead with 13 points and was second with eight rebounds.
BreAnna Dawkins joined the duo in double figures with 10 points. Joh'Vonna Darrington led the newcomers with 10 points, including eight in the second period. Briesha Wynn followed with eight points.
UMKC erased the Mean Green's five-point halftime lead with a 17-6 run at the start of the second half. The Roos took a brief 49-47 lead with the run at the 13:06 mark. The visitors held the lead for just over a minute until Desiree Nelson hit a jumper to tie the game at 50. Nelson started a 19-9 run to extend the Mean Green's lead to 10 points, 69-59. Tac scored 10 points in the run.
The Mean Green held the lead the rest of the way, capitalizing on UMKC's turnovers. North Texas scored 21 points off 24 turnovers.
The first half featured eight ties. Neither team led by more than five points until the closing minutes. The duo of Dawkins and Eboniey Jeter rounded out the scoring for the Mean Green, scoring the last eight points for North Texas in the first half to take a 37-32 halftime lead.
North Texas struggled from the field, shooting 32 percent. The Mean Green was 2-of-19 from 3-point range. The Roos also had a tough shooting night with a 34 percent field-goal percentage.
North Texas improved to 25-13 in home openers. The Mean Green has won eight of its last 11.
Coach Petersen showcased his depth on Saturday night. Twelve players saw action in the game. Ten players were the most that saw action in a single last season.
Six new faces wore Mean Green uniforms for the first time in 2013-14.
Briesha Wynn and Acheil Tac both earned their first starts in a Mean Green uniform tonight. Tac is in her second year at North Texas, while Wynn is a junior transfer. Tac scored a career-high 13 points. Wynn scored four of NT's first six points.
Candice Adams, Eboniey Jeter and Terra Ellison all came off the bench for the Mean Green in the first half, seeing their first collegiate minutes.
Janis Peterson and Joh'Vonna Darrington both came off the bench for the Mean Green and saw their first minutes in a Mean Green uniform. Both are junior transfers. Darrington scored in double-figures with 10 points.
Eboniey Jeter entered the game at the 2:50 mark of the first half and had an immediate impact. She scored four rebounds and had two rebounds. She finished with six points.
Alexis started the 2013-14 season right where she left off last year. She scored 10 points in the opening first period and finished with 13.
North Texas was hurt by 15 personal fouls in the first half, leading to 15 points from the free-throw line by the Roos. The free throws kept the Roos close as they made just eight field goals in the first period.
Laura McCoy opened the scoring in the second half with her first 3-pointer of the season. Her 3-pointer extended the Mean Green lead to eight points, 40-32.
North Texas returns to action on Monday, Nov. 11 when it faces No. 13 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. at the Super Pit.