Lewis Leads The Way in 74-67 OT Win Over South Alabama

DENTON (1/25/03) -- Senior forward Angel Lewis hit three-of-four free throws in the final seconds of overtime en route to her first double-double of the season to spark the North Texas Lady Eagles to a 74-67 overtime victory over South Alabama in Sun Belt Conference play at the Super Pit on Saturday night.

Lewis connected on seven of 15 field goals and hit 10 of 12 free throws to finish with a team-leading 24 points to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds to ignite the Lady Eagles in their second consecutive overtime game. Both the 24 points and 11 rebounds were career highs for Lewis.

The win improved the Lady Eagles to 8-9 overall and 3-3 in Sun Belt Conference action. The win ended a two-game losing streak and marked the first time in school history that the Lady Eagles had played in back-to-back overtime games. North Texas fell in OT to New Orleans on Thursday.

"This win will help our confidence as we head out on the road," said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. "I felt like we did a better job of hitting big shots tonight. The kids responded very well after a tough lost last Thursday."

North Texas had an opportunity to win in regulation, but South Alabama's Taneisha Russell connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key with five seconds on the clock to tie the game, 61-61. Two free throws with 0:13 left by Erika Bobo had given the Lady Eagles a three-point margin at 61-58 before the Jaguars (11-8, 3-4) came down court and sent the game into overtime.

Lewis was one of three Lady Eagles to score in double figures, as Emily Britt came off the bench to pour in 19 points on seven of 14 shooting and Kim Blanton added 13 points.

The Lady Eagles shot 40 percent (26 of 64) from the floor and were effective at the free throw line, connecting on 21 of 28 attempts. North Texas out-rebounded the Jaguars, 52-49 and had seven blocked shots in the game.

North Texas returns to the road this week for visits to Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday and New Mexico State on Saturday.



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