DENTON (1/11/03) -- North Texas struggled with its shooting the entire game -- with Kim Blanton finishing as NT's only double-figure scorer with 15 points -- as the Lady Eagles suffered a 55-42 loss to the Denver Pioneers in Sun Belt Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Super Pit.
The loss was the Lady Eagles' first in conference play and drops them to 6-7 overall and 1-1 in Sun Belt play. Denver improves to 7-9 and 1-1.
The Lady Eagles were able to connect on just 24 percent of their shots, hitting 14 of 58 attempts in what was the second lowest shooting percentage of the season for North Texas. The 42 points scored by North Texas was a season low for the Lady Eagles' offense.
Blanton was the lone bright spot for the Lady Eagles, hitting five of eight field goals and going five-of-seven at the free throw line. Her team-leading 15 points marked the eighth time in the 11 games she's played that she's scored in double figures.
Denver's defense did a good job of slowing down North Texas' inside game. Senior center Vilma Grismanauskaite was held to seven points and junior forward Emily Britt -- who had scored in double figures the three previous games -- was scoreless while sharing the team high in rebounds with six. Heather Trout also finished with six rebounds.
The Pioneers also forced North Texas into committing a season-high 29 turnovers.
Although the Lady Eagles led early, Denver came back to post a 26-18 halftime lead. The Lady Eagles cut the margin down to two points at 30-28 on a three-pointer by freshman Jamie Armstrong with 12:58 on the clock in the second half, but that's as close as NT could get.
After opening conference play at home, the Lady Eagles now go on the road for two Sun Belt games this week beginning with Thursday's contest at Arkansas-Little Rock.