Women's Basketball Ousted by UT Arlington
Lady Mavs Defense Holds Mean Green Under 40 Points
DENTON -- After a cross-country road trip that saw North Texas pick up its first victory of the 2014 campaign, the Mean Green returned home only to fall to UT Arlington in yet another heartbreaker. After facing a double digit halftime deficit, North Texas clawed its way back before finally conceding to the Lady Mavericks, 46-38.
"Those were two good defensive teams out there today," head coach Mike Petersen said. "It probably wasn't a real attractive game to watch, but what it was, was first one to fifty, wins."
Scoring was in short supply on Sunday as both teams shot identical marks of 29.8-percent (14-47) from the field. In fact, neither team actually reached 50 points. Free throw shooting and turnover margin provided the difference in the final result, as North Texas shot only 50-percent (6-12) from the stripe and turned the ball over 19 times compared to UTA's 7 turnovers.
"Tonight we had the ball point blank a lot and just didn't finish," Petersen added. "There were a lot of drives for layups that we just didn't finish. We don't have the margin of error to be able to miss those types of shots and still win."
North Texas missed six layups in the final 14 minutes of play, including two in the last two minutes that would have cut the Lady Mavericks lead to only one possession.
In a game in which offensive production was at a minimum, North Texas found three bright points to build on. Senior Briesha Wynn led all scorers with 13 points on 6 of 13 shooting from the field while junior Kasiney Williams contributed a career high eight points in 30 minutes of playing time. Forward Acheil Tac recorded a season-high 12 rebounds, allowing 11 Mean Green second chance points.
"We don't have an energy problem, that's not our problem," Petersen concluded. "We have one issue on this team right now. It's an offensive issue. And now it's starting to become a confidence issue. We've gotta be able to attack and gotta be able to shoot the ball. And right now we're just not doing it."
After another wire-to-wire loss, the Mean Green will have a week off over Christmas break to recuperate and continue moving forward.
Next up for North Texas:
- After falling to crosstown rival UTA, the Mean Green will return to action next Sunday, December 28, against former Sun Belt foe Denver. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m. at the Super Pit.
- The Mavericks held North Texas scoreless from the field for the first seven minutes of the game. It took a Briesha Wynn dribble drive to finally crack the scoring at the 12:50 mark of the first half.
- Junior Teadra Jones made her first start in a Mean Green uniform on Sunday. The guard recorded six points on two three point field goals with two assists in 24 minutes of play.
- The eight point loss on Sunday marks the fifth time in nine games this season that North Texas has fallen in a single digit margin.
- North Texas, in a poor offensive showing, scored under 40 points for just the ninth time in program history. The Mean Green was last held under that mark in a 68-39 loss to Oklahoma earlier this season.