LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (1/7/09) UALR was able to hold off a late rally by the North Texas women’s basketball team and remain perfect in Sun Belt Conference play with a 70-61 win from the Jack Stephens Center.
Down by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Mean Green (5-10, 1-3) cut the UALR (12-3, 4-0) lead to five points with 2:52 left at 61-56, but a key 3-pointer by Anshel Cooper was able to keep the Trojans ahead for good.
“We played well tonight for about 30 minutes but we can’t have those types of defensive lapses and beat a team like UALR,” said coach Shanice Stephens. “Defensively we did what we needed to and got them out of their rhythm but we just have to find a way to be more consistent than that”.
North Texas raced out to an early 7-0 lead five minutes into the game. That lead grew to 12 points at 21-9 with 7:36 remaining in the half before UALR made a crucial run to turn the game around. UALR went on a 17-0 run over the next 6:21 to surge ahead of North Texas 26-21 right before the break.
The run continued into the second half as UALR turned a three-point halftime lead into a 15-point cushion with a 19-7 run.
The Trojans pushed their lead to 17-points at 47-30 when the Mean Green began its comeback. Amber Jackson keyed a 15-4 North Texas run that cut the Trojans lead in half to 51-45 with 7:46 to play.
The two teams traded baskets down the stretch until the 3-pointer by Cooper. Jackson had a game-high 26 points on the night, two shy of her career-high.
North Texas is back in action Saturday night as they begin a three-game homestand against Arkansas State at 5 p.m. from the Super Pit.