First Place Showdown Wednesday Night At 7 p.m
Game 15 • Wednesday, January 9, 2013 • 7:00 p.m.
North Texas Mean Green (4-10, 3-2) at UALR Trojans (11-3, 4-2)
Little Rock, Ark. • The Jack Stephens Center (5,600)
Radio: KNTU • TV: None
Series Record: UALR leads 11-10 Last Meeting: UALR 52, NT 39
North Texas is coming off a resounding 28-point victory over the ULM Warhawks and is now above .500 in conference play at 3-2. With the win, the Mean Green is now riding its first winning streak of the season. The Trojans enter the battle leading the SBC West with a 11-4 record and a 4-2 mark in conference play and fresh off a 21-point victory in Troy against the Trojans. The winner will have sole possession of first place of the West Division.
North Texas meets UALR for the first time since last February, a defensive grind out that saw a potent Mean Green offense get held to a mere 39 points in Little Rock. Overall, the Trojans hold a 1-win edge in the series history with North Texas. UALR leads 11-10 all-time against the Mean Green and is 7-5 against them in Little Rock.
Power Of The Pit
North Texas won its last two home games by a combined margin of victory of 44 points. They are the biggest wins in terms of margin of victory for North Texas since 2007. In addition, North Texas scored a 87 and 79 points, 166 points, which is the most points in back-to-back games since 2010.
The Mean Green is 3-2 to after the first five games of Sun Belt Conference play, which matches their record from last season and is the sixth time since joining the league in 2000 that North Texas has been 3-2 in league play after five games.
Laura McCoy notched a career-high 20 points in the win over ULM. It is the first time in her career that she has had a 20-point game and it is the third straight game that a player for North Texas has scored 20 points or more. McCoy also moved into a tie for fourth place all-time with 97 career 3-pointers. She needs three more to become only the fourth player in school history with 100 career 3-pointers.
Sharing The Rock
North Texas has had three players score 20 points or more in three straight games. It is the first time the Mean Green has had that happen since the 2008-09 season.
The Mean Green allowed a season-low 51 points against ULM...North Texas has lost by five points or less in seven games this season...Loryn Goodwin is 9th in the nation in steals...North Texas posted two double-doubles in a game for the first time since 2/15/12 against Troy thanks to the combined efforts of Alexis Hyder and Sara Stanley.