Lady Eagles Hold Off Weber St. For 66-65 Win

DENTON (1/7/03) -- Vilma Grismanauskaite and Kim Blanton combined to hit three-of-four free throws in the final 1:58 to provide the cushion needed by North Texas as the Lady Eagles held on for a 66-65 non-conference victory over Weber State on Tuesday at the Super Pit.

The Wildcats, trailing by one, had a chance to win the game or send it into overtime with one second left on the clock when Julie Gjertsen was sent to the free throw line after being fouled by the Lady Eagles' Angel Lewis. But Gjertsen missed both free throws -- the first missed free throws by Weber State the entire game --  and North Texas grabbed the final rebound to secure the win.

"We controlled the game early and I think that gave us the advantage to win it at the end," said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. "I was happy with our offense tonight. We have established strong play on the inside and are beginning to score on the inside."

It was North Texas' second straight victory and improved the Lady Eagles to 6-6. Weber State dropped to 8-4.

North Texas led most of the game, building a 37-30 halftime lead after the first 20 minutes and at one point in the second period widening the gap to 11 points at 53-42 at the 13:04 mark. But over the final 4:35, the Wildcats out-scored North Texas by a 10-3 margin to cut the game to 66-65 following two Gjertsen free throws with 1:35 left.

Weber State got the ball back after a missed North Texas shot and called a time out with 30 second left. Weber worked the ball for a final shot and missed with one second left, with Lewis fouling Gjertsen after grabbing the rebound.

The Wildcats, who had gone 12-for-12 at the line in the game, couldn't convert their final two FTs and Emily Britt grabbed the rebound to secure the win for North Texas.

Junior forward Kim Blanton led three Lady Eagles in double figures with a team-high 17 points. Grismanauskaite added a season-high 13 while Britt finished with 11. Freshman point guard Erika Bobo ended with nine points and led with a team-leading seven rebounds, which tied her career high.

North Texas shot 46 percent from the floor (25 of 54) and won the battle of the boards, 37-34.

The Lady Eagles return to Sun Belt Conference play on Saturday when the host Denver at 3:30 p.m. in the second game of a basketball doubleheader at the Super Pit. The Mean Green will also host Denver in a men's game beginning at 1 p.m.



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