DENTON, Texas (1/14/2009) Four players scored in double-figures, including a career-high 17 points from freshman Mansa El and the Mean Green snapped a six-game losing streak with a 76-69 win over Denver Wednesday evening at The Super Pit.
North Texas (6-11, 2-4) went on a 9-0 run after the game was tied 63-63, including four points from Brittney James and a clutch three-pointer from Yari Escalera. The Mean Green tied a season-high with 25 offensive rebounds and made 15-of-16 from the free throw line in the second half to help North Texas get a much-needed victory.
Escalera continued her hot play of late by scoring a game-high 18 points, 14 of which came in the second half. She also nailed 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Denver (9-7, 4-2) now leads the all-time series 9-8 over North Texas.
After scoring only 25 points in the first half, North Texas began the second half on a 19-6 run to take the lead for the first time since the 17:37 mark in the opening stages of the contest. Escalera and El came out of the locker room blazing to start second half.
Each player scored five consecutive points in the midst of a 10-0 run, capped off by an Escalera three-point play to give the Mean Green a 44-40 lead.
North Texas struggled shooting in the first half, connecting on only 27 percent from the field (9-of-33). Denver was led in the first 20 minutes by Andie Mason, who hurt the Mean Green by shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc for a game-high nine first half points.
After the Pioneers opened up a 25-13 at the 5:42 mark, the Mean Green closed strong by going on a 12-9 run.
Jo Hall also made her return to the court after missing the past eight games due to a team suspension. The senior from Cedar Park provided a spark by scoring four points and grabbing three offensive rebounds.
North Texas will try and make it two in a row when they host Florida Atlantic Saturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Super Pit.