Women’s Basketball Falls At Texas State In Closing Seconds
Tac Records Double-Double, Jones Scores Career High In Losing Effort
Senior guard Teadra Jones had a career-high 16 points on Saturday. (Photo by Rick Yeatts)
SAN MARCOS, Texas — Senior forward Acheil Tac recorded her first double-double of the season and senior guard Teadra Jones added a career-high 16 points, but North Texas fell in the closing seconds at Texas State on Saturday afternoon, 64-62.
Texas State (2-1) put together a 62-58 lead on a three-point play with 2:11 left. North Texas (1-2) battled back to tie the game at 62-62 after a key four-point swing with just over a minute left to play, which included a lay-up by junior guard Kelsey Criner and then an offensive rebound and put-back by Jones off a missed free throw.
But the Bobcats had one final answer, a drive and lay-up by Texas State guard Taeler Deer, who led all scorers with 32 points, with 5.4 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner for the Bobcats.
“I’m very disappointed in the game as a whole,” head coach Jalie Mitchell said. “You saw a totally different team Monday night, so I’m disappointed in the way that we showed up and played for most of the game. I told them that the game does not reward you for just a few good minutes of play.”
Led by Tac and Jones, all five starters for North Texas scored eight or more points in the contest. As a team, the Mean Green shot 59.5 percent (25-of-42) from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. The team also won the rebounding battle, 32-18, but it was unable to make enough plays down the stretch to overcome 25 turnovers.
North Texas made each of its first six shots of the game on the way to a 14-8 lead, which included a 7-2 run to start the contest. Texas State tied the game at 14-14 with 2:03 left in the first quarter and then, after a 12-0 run, grabbed a 28-20 lead with 6:13 left in the second quarter. The Mean Green pulled to within four at 30-26 with 2:26 left after a pair of free throws by Jones, but they went into halftime trailing 36-28.
Similar to the first half, North Texas started the second half strong, using a 10-2 run to tie the game at 38-38 with 5:26 left in the third quarter. Texas State pushed its lead back to 46-40 with 2:38 left, before Tac scored the last four points of the third quarter to help spur a late push for North Texas. Sparked by Tac's final four points of the third quarter, North Texas went on a 12-0 run to take a 56-49 lead with 6:51 left in the game and led as late as the 3:16 mark of the fourth quarter, but it was Texas State that made enough plays to close out the win.
“Hopefully, the team takes these days off to refocus, rejuvenate and think about why they’re here at North Texas and what they want their season to be,” Mitchell said.” I think we underachieved today. Four games at home, we couldn’t ask for anything better as far as the schedule. We have to take care of business at home. We haven’t won a home game just yet in the regular season.”
Up Next For North Texas
• The Mean Green returns to the Super Pit for a four-game home stand that includes two games in the Hospitality Hill Tournament, beginning with a much-anticipated matchup with Pac-12 opponent Arizona on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. CT
• North Texas started its third different starting lineup of the season with Teadra Jones, Kelsey Criner, Terra Ellison, Acheil Tac and Bria Frierson.
• North Texas moves to 8-16 all-time against Texas State, last defeating the Bobcats during the 2011-12 season.
• Also including a 61-57 win over No. 17 Oklahoma this past Monday, North Texas is now 1-1 in games decided by five points or fewer.
• For the first time this season, North Texas won the rebounding battle (32-18) but lost the game.
• Terra Ellison played in all 40 minutes against Texas State. For the season, she has played in a team-high 113 of a possible 120 minutes.
• Terra Ellison finished with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, falling one point shy of scoring in double figures for the third time in as many games this season.
• Acheil Tac was a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor, becoming just the third player dating back to the 2003-04 season that shot 100 percent from the floor with at least six made field goals
• For Acheil Tac, it was not only her first double-double of the season, but the eighth of her career.
• North Texas shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free-throw line, raising its season free-throw percentage to 72.1 percent.
• The Mean Green dished out 16 assists on 25 made field goals, led by a game-high five assists from Kelsey Criner.