DENTON (1/27/05) - Freshman Erica Howard scored 15-of-her-23 points in the second half, leading the North Texas women’s basketball team to a 63-57 victory against South Alabama after being down by 16 points on Thursday night in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (9-9, 4-2 Sun Belt) snapped a two-game losing streak and improved its record against South Alabama (9-9, 3-3 Sun Belt) to 8-2. The 16-point come-from-behind victory marked the largest comeback in NT history since 1998 when the Mean Green overcame a 16-point deficit to defeat Pacific, 60-55.
Howard scored 13 points in NT’s 24-7 run at the start of the second half to erase a 16-point deficit and go ahead, 51-50, with 8:37 left in the game. Howard’s career-high 23 points is the most by a North Texas freshman since Jalie Mitchell scored 32 against SMU in 1998.
Junior Erika Bobo scored seven of NT’s next eight points to push the Mean Green’s advantage to six, 59-53, with 2:26 left in the game. The Jaguars were forced to foul, and North Texas made four-of-five free throws to seal the win. Bobo notched her second career double-double with 19 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds.
South Alabama held the upper hand in the first half, jumping out to a 39-23 lead after a 21-6 run. The Jaguars shot 53.6 percent in the first period, compared to NT’s 27.3 percent shooting. USA’s shooting cooled in the second half to 26.7 percent, while the Mean Green made 13-of-31 shots from the field to take the win. NT outscored South Alabama in the second half, 38-18.
North Texas returns to home to face New Orleans on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 pm in the Super Pit.