DENTON, Texas (1/14/09) - The North Texas women’s basketball team is back in action tonight looking to end its six-game losing streak as they host the Denver Pioneers at the Super Pit. The Mean Green is in the midst of a three-game homestand and going after its second conference win of the season. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. and the game can be heard on 88.1 FM KNTU.
North Texas and Denver will meet for the 17th time in series history. The Pioneers lead the series with North Texas 9-7. North Texas swept the series with Denver last season, winning by 16 points on the road and 13 points at home. The Mean Green however is only 3-5 at home against the Pioneers. Denver’s last two wins in Denton have been by a combined five points.
Amber Jackson continued her torrid pace throughout the season recording her sixth 20-point game of the season against Arkansas State. Jackson came into the season with only two games of 20 points or more in 88 career games, but through 16 games this season she already has recorded six.
It’s the most 20-point games in a single season since Jalie Mitchell and Shannan Stephenson in the 2001-02 season. That year Stephenson had six while Mitchell racked up 15 20-point games.
Yari Escalera has turned into a new player since moving into the starting lineup. Escalera has made three straight starts and is averaging just under 15 points a game. She poured in another career-high 19 points against Arkansas State and has been shooting a torrid clip from the field.
Escalera is hitting over 58 percent of her shots in the last three games and has double her output from the 3-point line. Through 13 games she had eight 3-pointers, but in the last three games she has hit eight 3-pointers and has 16 for the season. She needs only 11 more 3-pointers and she will join the top 10 all-time at North Texas.
Escalera currently ranks 14th all-time with 52 3-pointers at North Texas. Ironically Escalera still ranks 14th all-time in 3-pointers at Colorado, where she his 54 3-pointers in 58 games for the Buffalos before transferring to North Texas. She has 52 3-pointers with the Mean Green in 47 career games.