DENVER, Colo. (1/15/04) A 3-point shot at the buzzer from Ragan Neblett rimmed out and the North Texas (5-9, 1-1) women’s basketball team defeated the Denver Pioneers (7-7, 0-2) 70-68 in Sun Belt Conference play from the Magness Arena.
North Texas, trailing 68-66 with 36 seconds remaining, got a three-point play from true freshman Mia Ajekwu to take a 69-68 lead. Junior guard Jill Medlock added a free throw with 10 seconds left to give the Mean Green a 70-68 lead before Neblett missed the 3-point shot to win the game at the buzzer. Ajekwu ended the game with 13 points and five rebounds.
“It’s a great win for us to prove that we can win a close game and win one on the road,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “It’s really good to see Mia Ajekwu hit a big shot for us down the stretch. She just seems to play with a lot of confidence and composure in pressure situations”.
North Texas had all five starters score in double figures led by senior forward Kim Blanton with 18 points as the Mean Green took a 41-34 lead into the break. The Pioneers battled back to slice the North Texas to one at 53-52 with 11:03 left in the second half.
Denver took their largest lead of the game at 60-57 with 5:34 remaining on a 3-pointer by Neblett. The Mean Green regained the lead at 66-64 with 2:16 left on an Erika Bobo jumper. The Pioneers answered with four straight points to make it 68-66 before the heroics of Ajekwu.
“We were able to put ourselves in a position to win tonight and we came up with the big plays down the stretch when they mattered,” said Slinker.
The win by the Mean Green is the third straight in Denver and ends their eight-game road losing steak. North Texas wraps up their three-game road trip on Monday January 19 in Miami against Florida International.