Indiana Rolls Over North Texas Women, 94-64
Hoosiers Dominate In Paint, Out-Rebound Mean Green 44-14
Dec. 6, 2016
DENTON - The North Texas women shook off an opening salvo from Indiana in Tuesday's mid-day game at the Super Pit, recovering from an early 14-point deficit.
It was the barrage that followed that felled the Mean Green.
North Texas (2-6) was out-scored 29-7 in the second quarter and never got closer than 20 points the rest of the way as Indiana rolled to a 94-64 victory and handed the Mean Green their third-straight loss.
Indiana (5-3) dominated all aspects of the game. Lead by Tyra Buss with a game-high 21 points, the Hoosiers scored in the paint and from the 3-point arc, making 70 percent of its shots in the first half and 64 percent for the game. Indiana enjoyed a massive rebounding advantage, out-boarding North Texas 44-14 and collecting more offensive rebounds (12) than North Texas had defensive rebounds (nine). And with those kind of rebounding numbers, not surprisingly Indiana out-scored the Mean Green in the paint, 44-18.
"They were tougher than us," North Texas coach Jalie Mitchell said. "We got pushed around a little bit. We got introduced to Big 10 basketball.
"They got some second-chance opportunities and we got almost none," Mitchell added. "They owned the paint."
North Texas got off to a disastrous start, going scoreless until the 5:12 mark of the first quarter and falling behind, 13-0. The deficit grew to 14 before North Texas stopped the bleeding, then the Mean Green roared back with a 9-0 run fueled by Kelsey Criner and Tyara Warren to draw within 20-15 at the end of the first quarter. Criner finished the game with a season-high 17 points.
But just as they did to start the game, the Hoosiers opened the second quarter with a 13-2 run to reestablish control, and this time North Texas had no answer. Indiana upped its lead to 27 points at 49-22 by halftime.
Indiana's lead topped at 32 points late in the third quarter before North Texas went on a 12-0 run, led by seven points from Criner.
But the Hoosiers immediately regained control and had the lead back over 30 points early in the fourth quarter.
In the second quarter, Candice Adams became the 22nd player in North Texas history to reach 700 points in her career.
Adams moved into fourth place all-time in career 3-point field goals at North Texas. Adams, a senior, has made 114 3-pointers.
This was the sixth different starting lineup for the Mean Green in eight games this season.
Kelsey Criner had a season-high in points with 17.
Adams also had a season-best in scoring with 14 points.
Sophomore Grace Goodhart had a career-high nine points.
Nine players scored for North Texas Tuesday, the sixth time the Mean Green has gotten that kind of depth of scoring this season.
Indiana's 94 points are the most North Texas has allowed this year.
IU's 49 points were the most North Texas has allowed in the first half this year.
IU's 64-percent shooting is the best percentage by a Mean Green opponent this season.
North Texas hosts Incarnate Word on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Super Pit.