JONESBORO, Ark. (1/18/03) - The North Texas women's basketball team couldn't overcome Arkansas State's red-hot three-point shooting as the Lady Indians defeated the Lady Eagles, 92-72, at the Convocation Center.
The Lady Indians (6-11, 2-3) hit seven three pointers in the first half and connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers for the game.
"They are really a fine team. Their losses have been very close this season" said North Texas (7-8, 2-2) head coach Tina Slinker. "They really came out and played well. They are one of the most athletic teams that we have faced this season."
Early in the first half North Texas went on a 12-2 run keyed by two Heather Trout three-pointers to give the Lady Eagles an 20-13 lead. The Lady Indians, using the three-pointer, battled back to tie the game at 28 with 7:05 in the first half. Arkansas State took control of the game with a 15-4 run to close out the first half and take a 48-36 lead into the break.
Arkansas State extended its lead to 65-47 until the Lady Eagles went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to just nine points, 65-56, with 7:54 to play. The Lady Indians answered with a 10-1 run of their own over the next 1:44 to see their lead widen to 75-57 with just over six minutes remaining.
The Lady Eagles were led by senior post Vilma Grismanauskaite who scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Arkansas State was lead by Rachel Porter who had 22 points to lead all scorers.
North Texas returns to Sun Belt Conference action on January 23 with a 7:00 p.m. game against the New Orleans Privateers at the Super Pit.