DENTON (1/16/06) Natalie Mireles hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the Mean Green came up three points shy, 68-65, against the Florida International women’s basketball team on Monday night in the Super Pit.
North Texas (12-4, 2-2) lost its second straight home conference game and now trails in the series with the Golden Panthers, 4-3.
The final score marked the closest the Mean Green came to the FIU lead after making a run to enter half behind, 33-30. FIU led by as many as 14 points in the game, but the Mean Green cut the lead to single digits multiple times. The Golden Panthers always had an answer for the North Texas runs, never letting the Mean Green take the lead.
FIU held a 10-point lead, 62-52, with 3:22 left in the game. The Mean Green responded with a final 13-6 run. Senior Erika Bobo cut the lead to five points, 62-57, with a driving layup only to have FIU respond with two free throws.
Freshman Sanetra Jackson hit a three-pointer to bring North Texas within four points, 66-62, with 20 seconds remaining in the game. The Mean Green was forced to foul, and Faeza Bouderra connected on both her free throws.
Bobo finished the game with a team-high 18 points. Sanetra Jackson had a career night with 11 points. She hit back-to-back jumpers in the first half to help the Mean Green enter intermission behind by just three points. Mian Williams joined Bobo and Jackson in double figures with 10 points.
FIU jumped out to a 24-10 lead in the first half. The Mean Green then held the Golden Panthers to just two points in the ensuing five minutes as North Texas cut the lead to five, 26-21.
The Golden Panthers refused to give up the lead, hitting two baskets to go back ahead by double digits, 31-21. The Mean Green scored nine of the final 11 points of the half to cut the lead to three at the half.
Florida International shot 43.3 percent from the field, compared to NT’s 23-of-56 shooting (41.1 percent). The Golden Panthers also held the edge in rebounds, 44 to 35.
North Texas returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 19 when it faces Arkansas-Little Rock in Little Rock at 5:30 pm.