LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (1/6/09) The North Texas women’s basketball team dives back into Sun Belt Conference play with a match up on the road against the Preseason West Division favorite UALR Wednesday night. The Mean Green is looking to end its four-game losing streak and pick up its second conference win of the season.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas and UALR are meeting for the 14th time with the Mean Green leading the series 9-4. UALR enters the game on a roll having won four of their past five games as they sit atop the West Division standings at 3-0.
Amber Jackson came into the season with a lot of accolades and is living up to those honors. Jackson is the only player in the Sun Belt Conference that ranks in the top 5 in scoring, rebounding, steals per game, and offensive rebounds.
She is also the only player in the league to rank in the top 10 in points, rebounds, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, blocked shots, steals, offensive and defensive rebounds.
Junior Mimi Goodman made her first career-start against Sam Houston State and made the most of the opportunity. The Arkansas native, recorded career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, field goals, free throws, and minutes played.
Goodman scored eight points in the game, which nearly doubled her point production in her career. In 22 previous games, Goodman had scored 9 total points.
One area that Shanice Stephens has focused on is getting turnovers and mistakes and the Mean Green is producing in that area. Through 14 games, North Texas has 165 steals and is on pace to challenge the school record.
North Texas is on pace for 354 steals this season, which would be the second most in school history. More impressive is that number would be the most steals in a single season for North Texas in over 21 years.
Following it’s game with UALR, North Texas returns home to begin a three-game homestand on Saturday night starting with Arkansas State.