Arkansas State Hands Mean Green Its First Loss In SBC Play




JONESBORO, Ark. (1-20-05) Junior guard Ali Carter scored a career-high 24 points to power Arkansas State past the North Texas women’s basketball team 75-56 at the Convocation Center. The loss ends a three-game winning streak for North Texas (8-8, 3-1) and gives the Mean Green its first loss in Sun Belt Conference play this season.

 

“I thought that we came out strong in the first half and they went on that big run to end the first half and we had a hard time coming back from that,” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “I thought that Erica Howard played really well tonight and that we just had a hard time overcoming there inside game tonight”.

 

North Texas, playing without sophomore Mia Ajekwu and Kelsie Edwards because of injury, got a career-high 13 points from true freshman Erica Howard who made her first career start.

 

The Mean Green jumped out to an early eight-point lead at 22-14 midway through the first half. The Indians (8-8, 2-2) responded with a 15-0 run that gave Arkansas State a 29-22 lead with under a minute to play in the first half.

 

North Texas went scoreless in the first half for 9 minutes and 48 seconds until Dorota Klat scored with six seconds remaining and made it 29-24 Arkansas State at the break.

 

The Indians began the second half with a 12-2 run and took a 41-26 lead with 16:34 remaining.

 

Junior guard Erika Bobo converted on a rare four-point play that sliced the Arkansas State lead to eight points at 45-37 with 12:03 left,  but the Indians again responded with a 17-9 run to lead 62-46 with under six minutes left. Bobo reached double figures for the sixth straight game as she scored 12 points on the night.

 

Arkansas State was able to ice the game from the free throw line, converting on 24-of-30 free throw attempts.

 

North Texas will close out the road trip on Saturday night at Arkansas-Little Rock.


 

 

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