Anemic Offense Sends NT Women To 45-38 Loss
Season-Low In Scoring Too Much To Overcome Against Weber State
DENTON - The North Texas women have been working on dealing with adversity this year, but they also need to work on handling success.
For the second time this year, the Mean Green followed up a big win with a disappointing loss. On the heels of Tuesday's victory over SMU, North Texas turned in its worst outing of the season Friday night in a 45-38 loss to Weber State in the first night of the Hospitality Hill Challenge at the Super Pit.
In a drought that would turn a rain forest into a desert, the North Texas offense plunged to season lows in scoring and field-goal percentage which, combined with 24 turnovers, turned a nine-point first quarter lead into a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit. The Mean Green made just 34.1 percent of its field-goal attempts and scored just 11 points combined in the second and third periods.
North Texas rallied in the fourth, getting big stops from its defense, including forcing three shot-clock violations, to close within three with 2:23 to play, but the offensive woes and turnovers continued and would not allow the Mean Green to complete the rally. The loss drops NT to 2-4 on the year.
"I'm extremely disappointed," North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell said. "We gave that team 10 minutes of North Texas basketball, all in the fourth quarter. That's not enough. I had one starter show up to play today."
That was Acheil Tac, who was limited by foul trouble Tuesday to two points and one rebound. She bounced back with a double-double Friday, topping her Tuesday totals by the first timeout Friday and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
In a ragged, mistake-filled, low-scoring first half, Tac's nine points North Texas took a 13-4 lead in the first quarter. But that was the high-water mark for North Texas for the next two quarters. Despite scoring just four points in the second quarter, matching a season low, NT kept the lead to intermission, holding Weber State to 15.8 percent shooting, making three field goals in 19 attempts.
However, Weber State (5-1) heated up in the third quarter, opening the second half with a 12-0 run. From the end of the first quarter until the Wildcats opened their 14-point advantage at 39-24, Weber State out-scored North Texas 35-12.
• North Texas allowed Weber State just six points in the first quarter, the fewest points the Mean Green have allowed in a quarter this season.
• The Mean Green's four-point second quarter was the lowest-scoring period of the season for NT.
• NT's previous worst offensive performance this year came against Arizona, when the Mean Green scored 44 points and made 36.4 percent of its field goals.
• This was the fewest points by North Texas since a 38-point performance last year Texas A&M.
• Walk-on Orianna Shillow saw her first action with North Texas Friday night.
North Texas wraps up play in the Hospitality Hill Challenge Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., with a game against IUPUI at the Super Pit.