DENTON (1/9/07) Erica Howard recorded her first double-double of the season, but the North Texas women’s basketball team came up short in a 51-48 loss to Denver on Tuesday night in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (4-10, 1-3 Sun Belt) has lost its last three games, while Denver extends its record to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference. North Texas trails in the series against Denver, 8-6, and has lost the last four meetings.
North Texas held a 48-47 lead with 4:57 left in the game, but Denver scored the final four points to win the game. DU’s Sara Bents hit a key jumper to regain the lead for the Pioneers, 49-48, and North Texas was unable to sink another basket.
The Mean Green came back from a seven-point deficit at the start of the second half and held its largest lead of the second period, 46-41, with 7:54 on the clock. Denver scored eight of the next 10 points to regain the lead for good.
Howard scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, including three of NT’s first four baskets to start off the second period. The center tied a season high with 10 rebounds and recorded her third career double-double.
North Texas scored 28 of its 48 points from the paint. Forwards Talicia Sanders and Amber Jackson were the high scorers for North Texas behind Howard with eight and seven points, respectively. Sanders led the team in rebounding with 11 boards, while Amber Jackson dished out a career-high seven assists.
The Mean Green was active in the paint during the first 10 minutes of the first half, scoring 10 of its first 14 points down low. DU’s Brooke Meyer scored all of her 11 points in a span of four points to give the Pioneers its first lead and then extend it by seven, 21-14.
North Texas would not regain the lead again until midway through the second quarter. Howard hit a jumper in the midst of a 6-0 run to give NT a one-point lead, 42-41, with 11:21 left in the game.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 11 when it faces Louisiana-Lafayette at home at 5 pm.