Rally Falls Short For North Texas In 80-78 Loss

NEW ORLEANS , La. ( 1/29/04 )- The New Orleans Privateers (7-10, 2-4) held off a furious rally by the North Texas (7-11, 3-3) women’s basketball team to win 80-78 at Lakefront Arena. The Mean Green, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, rallied thanks to a career-high 27 points by senior forward Kim Blanton.  

“I was proud of our team because we didn’t give up tonight but I’m disappointed that we gave up 80 points to New Orleans ” said North Texas head coach Tina Slinker. “It was a tough game to get into any kind of a flow with all of the fouls but we still have to play better on the defensive end than we did tonight”.  

New Orleans led 70-59 with 4:10 remaining when the Mean Green answered with a 16-6 run to cut the Privateer lead to one at 76-75 with 1:25 left.  

Two free throws by Michelle Simmons extended the Privateer lead to 78-75 with 39 seconds left when Blanton hit one free throw to make it 78-76 with 18 seconds left. Simmons connected on two more free throws with 11.2 seconds and the Privateers led 80-76.  

Sophomore guard Natalie Mireles was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer with 4.8 seconds left and made her first two free throws before missing the final one intentionally. The Mean Green was unable to come up with the rebound and the Privateers ran out the final seconds for the victory.  

“Kim certainly looked like the all-conference player that we need her to be tonight but we still need to get more from players like Jill Medlock and Jamie Armstrong” Slinker said.  

North Texas had a season-high 30 free throws and both teams were plagued by foul trouble. Three players fouled out for the Mean Green while two players fouled out for the Privateers.  

North Texas trailed at the half 34-30 and took a 43-42 lead at the 16:04 mark in the second half. The Privateers responded with a 17-3 over the next 4:05 to take their largest lead of the game at 59-46.  

The Mean Green continue its road trip with a visit to West Division leading South Alabama on Saturday night.  


 

 

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