Women's Hoops Falls Short Of Comeback In Loss To San Francisco
North Texas Battles Back, Ultimately Can't Finish In Jalie Mitchell's First Game
Junior Terra Ellison had a career-high 17 points in Friday's game. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
DENTON - The North Texas women's basketball team fought back from a double digit deficit to take a fourth quarter lead but couldn't perform well enough down the stretch as San Francisco defeated the Mean Green on Friday, 69-61.
"We definitely did not play our best basketball tonight," head coach Jalie Mitchell said following her first regular season game on the Mean Green bench. "I think our mistakes are fixable and I'm encouraged by that fact. We have to capitalize on the opportunities we're given."
North Texas (0-1) went nearly five minutes without scoring a point in the first quarter, setting the team back 10 points from the onset. That deficit increased to 16 points before the Mean Green started to climb back into the game.
The Mean Green used six points from junior Terra Ellison and a perfect 4-of-4 mark at the free throw line to cut the Dons lead to eight, but it was the third quarter where the home team jumped on top.
Sparked by a trio of three-pointers from junior guard Candice Adams, the Mean Green took its first lead of the game with 1:09 to go in the third. She finished the night with a career-high four field goals from distance and tied the highest scoring output of her career with 16 points.
North Texas entered the fourth with a two point advantage, which unfortunately was the team's biggest lead of the day. A three-minute scoring drought in the final quarter put a stamp on the team's fate, and eight fouls in the period led to a barrage of made free throws for San Francisco.
Up Next for North Texas
The Mean Green now prepares to hit the road for the first time of the 2015-16 season. North Texas will take on the Oklahoma Sooners at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, from Norman.
The North Texas loss gives the series edge back to the Dons, who are 2-1 all-time versus the Mean Green.
The team's six made three-pointers is an improvement when looking back on last year's totals. In 2014-15, North Texas had six makes from deep in only three games.
North Texas did well from the free throw line, going 15-of-18 from the charity stripe. The team did not miss a free throw until the fourth quarter.
Eight of the Mean Green's nine players had a basket in Friday's game.