JONESBORO, Ark. (1/09/08) Amber Jackson and Jo Hall combined for 31 points, but it wasn’t enough as the North Texas women’s basketball team fell to Arkansas State 69-55 at the Convocation Center.
Hall racked up 11 first half points, while Jackson did her damage in the second. The junior piled up 12 second half points for the Mean Green (6-10, 1-3) en route to an 18 point outing. Hall finished with 13 points.
But the Arkansas State (9-7, 4-1) combo of Ebonie Jefferson and Sherina Scott proved too much. Both players posted double-doubles for ASU; Jefferson finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Scott racked up 10 points and 14 boards.
Down just three points at the break, the Mean Green went cold from the field early in the second and couldn’t keep up with the Lady Indians. North Texas scored just 23 second-half points on 8-of-25 shooting.
Hall sparked the Mean Green out of the gate with seven quick points. The junior has now reached double figures in three of her last four games, including a 25 point outing at Denver.
North Texas hung around on the strength of its pesky zone defense that kept the Indians off balance. NT held ASU without a field goal for nearly six minutes late in the first half, and countered with a 14-3 run that included a pair of Kelli Buckley 3-pointers.
Amber Jackson hit a layup with just over four minutes remaining in the first to give NT the lead, but it wouldn’t last long. Caroline Starr nailed her second 3-pointer of the game just moments later to give the lead back to the Lady Indians. ASU went in to the break with a 32-32 advantage.
Turnovers proved the Achilles heel for the Mean Green. The Indians turned 26 Mean Green turnovers into 16 points. Four North Texas players finished with four or more turnovers.
North Texas returns to the Super Pit on Saturday to take on Louisiana-Lafayette. Double-header action begins at 5 p.m. with the Mean Green men tipping off at 7 p.m.