Epic Mean Green Comeback Falls Just Short
North Texas Makes A 23-Point Comeback
Dec. 22, 2016
DENTON - North Texas mounted a furious 23-point comeback against Texas State, but fell 59-58 on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green held the Bobcats to five points in fourth quarter to eventually tie the game with less than a minute left. A free throw by Texas State with six seconds left sealed the deal.
"Our team was two different teams between the first and second half," head coach Jalie Mitchell said. "I thought we played with much more urgency. We were more intentional about what we were doing and unfortunately we had to be down 19 in order to do that,"
North Texas (3-8, 0-0 C-USA) committed 16 first half turnovers, which the Bobcats (5-6, 0-0 Sun Belt) scored 21 points off of. Late in the first quarter the Mean Green had more turnovers than shot attempts.
Texas State shot 66.7 percent in the opening half and capitalized on the missed opportunities for the Mean Green. The Bobcats opened the second quarter on a 16-0 run. Texas State's Ti'Aira Pitts finished with 14 points and Toshua Leavitt made four three pointers to help push her team to the then commanding lead.
Senior guard Kelsey Criner ignited the Mean Green in the third quarter and finished with 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting. Sophomore guard Terriell Bradley (19 points) went 9-for-10 from the free throw line and senior forward Terra Ellison finished with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
"We have to turn that twenty minutes in the second half into forty and we have to do that very quickly for us to compete in our league," Mitchell said.
North Texas' Candice Adams tied the game with 1:00 left on a pair of free throws. Moments later, the Mean Green missed an opportunity to take a lead when a pair of free throws were missed.
After the misses, the Bobcats pushed the ball up the floor and Ericka May was fouled under the basket with 6.2 seconds left. The forward made the second of the two free throws to put Texas State on top 59-58. Bradley had a chance to win the game for North Texas on a mid range jumper but the ball rimmed out at the buzzer.
North Texas begins conference play at home against Charlotte on Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Super Pit.
Mean Green Quick Hitters
- North Texas was held to a season-low 18 points in the first half
- Candice Adams extended her 3FG streak to 13 consecutive games and 24 of the last 25 games
- The Bobcats' five points in the fourth quarter is the least points scored by an opponent in a quarter
- North Texas held Texas State's leading scorer, Taeler Deer, to just two points
- Senior Kelsey Criner has scored in double figures in four consecutive games to increase her season average to nine