DENTON (1/31/08) Brittney James scored a career-high 33 points to lead the North Texas women’s basketball team to an 87-53 victory against South Alabama on Thursday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green improve to 10-11 overall and 5-4 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars fall to 14-7 and 5-5 in the conference.
James led the Mean Green on a torrid pace in the first half. The team shot 58.3 percent from the field with James going 6-for-9 and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. The sophomore scored 18 points in the first half and posted 10 of the team’s first 16 points to start the second half.
The last time a Mean Green player eclipsed 30 points was in 2002 when Shannan Stephenson posted 30 points against TAMCC on February 14.
The Mean Green used an 18-5 run in the first half to take a commanding lead. NT also capitalized on USA’s 10 turnovers, posting 16 points off the Jaguars’ mistakes. The Mean Green was successful in the paint, scoring 26 points down low in the first half.
After taking a 51-32 lead at the half, the Mean Green continued the high-scoring action in the second half by outscoring the Jaguars, 36-21. NT opened the second half with a 14-2 run and led by as many as 40 points with 6:30 left to play in the game.
Amber Jackson also had a hand in the scoring for the Mean Green. She finished with 16 points after scoring 12 in the first half. Talicia Sanders led the Mean Green with 11 rebounds. The Mean Green held the edge in rebounds, 50-33.
NT’s 87 points was the most scored since the 89 points posted against UA-Monticello on November 21. The team finished with a field goal percentage of 51.4 percentage.
North Texas returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2 when it faces FIU at home at 4:30 pm.