DENTON, Tex. (1/24/02) - North Texas (12-6, 6-2) raced out to a 25-0 lead over Louisiana Lafayette (6-13, 1-7) in the first eight minutes of the game and never looked back as the Lady Eagles notched their third straight win, 88-34 over the Ragin' Cajuns Thursday night at the Super Pit. The 34 points by Lafayette breaks a school record for fewest points allowed by North Texas. The previous mark was 35 set back in 1976, the school's first season of basketball.
The Lady Eagles also got career high's in points and rebounds from forward Shannan Stephenson as she poured in 25 points and collected 13 rebounds for her third double-double on the year.
"We came out really focused tonight," said Lady Eagles forward Shannan Stephenson. "ULL played us really tough down there, so we wanted to come out play hard from the start. I am happy about the points, but I am more happy that I was able to get 13 rebounds. Whatever it takes to help this team win".
North Texas held the Ragin Cajun's scoreless until the 10:49 mark of the first half. For the game, Lafayette was held to just 24 percent shooting on the night. Senior forward Jalie Mitchell scored 22 points, making it the seventh straight contest in which she has had at least 20 points.
"I was pleased we kept our focus because it's something that we talked about," said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. "I'm also happy with they way our bench came in and played tonight."
The Lady Eagles have now won nine straight home games and prepare to host New Mexico State on Saturday night.
(On scoring a career high 25 points)
I am happy about the points, but I am more happy that I was able to get 13 rebounds. Whatever it takes to help this team win.
(On breaking the school record for points in a career)
In games like this I think about the record. If the situation had been different, the record would not have mattered. I just want to help the team win.
(On playing New Mexico State)
They are like our rival from the Big West to the Sun Belt. They play us really well. They match up against us well and we will have to play a near perfect game to come out on top Saturday night.
Coach Tina Slinker quotes
"The fact that we were at home helped us relax as a team. I think we put the pressure on them (UL Lafayette) and they couldn't handle it very well. The fact that they were missing Charlotte Green from the lineup really hurt them".
On Shannan Stephenson's career high
"Her ability to score from the inside and outside makes her so difficult to stop. She just had a fantastic night".