MIAMI, Fla. (1/21/09) A suffocating North Texas defense powered the Mean Green to a 58-43 win over Florida International at U.S. Century Bank Arena. The Mean Green (7-12, 3-5) forced 30 Golden Panther turnovers, leading to 36 points as the Mean Green never trailed in the game and won for the fifth time on the road this season.
“This is the kind of defensive effort that we have talked about getting from day one and it was great to see it tonight,” said coach Shanice Stephens. “It was a total effort tonight and we just need to capitalize on this momentum”.
The 43 points allowed by the Mean Green was the fewest given up by North Texas since February 25, 2006. North Texas opened the game with a 10-3 run in the first three minutes of the contest keyed by five points from Tricia Lee.
FIU (4-15, 2-6) responded with an 11-4 run to cut the Mean Green lead to one-point at 14-13 with 11 minutes left in the half.
North Texas took control of the game from that point on as the defense started another 7-0 run. North Texas took an eight point lead into the break at 31-23. The second half started like the first half with North Texas scoring the first six points and holding FIU without a basket for more than 5 minutes.
The Mean Green saw their lead balloon to double-figures at 37-23 with 14 minutes left. FIU could not get any closer than 12-points in the second half.
Amber Jackson had a game-high 12 points for North Texas and Lee added 11. The Mean Green has a week off before returning to action on January 28 at home against the Troy Trojans.