DENTON, Texas (1/9/10) - Brittney James scored a game-high 26 points and Brittney Hudson (14 points) and Tamara Torru (17 points) scored career-highs to help the Mean Green snap a season-long five game losing streak and beat the New Orleans Lady Privateers 94-84 Sunday afternoon at The Super Pit.
The 94 points were a season-high as well as the most points North Texas has ever scored in a Sun Belt Conference game. The Mean Green shot 47 percent from the field (27-of-57) and 46 percent from three-point territory (6-of-13). Even more impressive was the job North Texas did at the charity stripe, shooting 34-of-43 for a 79 percent clip.
James scored 20 of her 26 points in the second half and did most of her damage at the free throw line, converting 14-of-17.
North Texas improved to 15-8 all-time against New Orleans and 9-3 at The Super Pit.
The Mean Green (5-12, 2-4) opened up a 27-point lead with 10 minutes remaining in the second half but the Lady Privateers made a huge run and cut the lead into single-digits when Rachele Monroe nailed a three-pointer, making it an eight-point game. However, North Texas would not let New Orleans get any closer and made their free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
New Orleans (7-10, 1-5) was led in scoring by Brittany Helm, who scored a team-high 21 points on only 5-of-16 shooting. As a team the Lady Privateers shot only 38 percent from the field and 21 percent from beyond the arch.
North Texas put together their best first half of the season by scoring a season-high 40 points and went to the locker room with a 40-22 advantage, their biggest lead of the season at halftime. The Mean Green excelled offensively by shooting 44 percent from the field in the game's first 20 minutes, but even more impressive was their shooting from the three-point line, where North Texas shot 6-of-10.
Hudson came off the bench and provided an instant spark by scoring a team-high 10 first half points in only nine minutes of action. The sophomore guard was perfect from the field (4-of-4), including two made three-pointers.
North Texas capped off a 20-4 run in the first half when Niq'ky Hughes drained a three-pointer in transition to increase the Mean Green lead to 26-8 with 8:57 remaining.
Defensively the Mean Green managed to hold New Orleans to only 23 percent shooting in the opening half and forced 16 turnovers.
North Texas will look to continue their winning ways next Wednesday, January 13 when they travel to Alabama to take on the Troy Trojans. Tipoff for that game is set for 7 p.m.