DENTON, Texas (2/7/09) Senior Amber Jackson became the school’s all-time leading rebounder as the North Texas women’s basketball team rolled to a 75-63 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday night at the Super Pit.
The Mean Green snaps a three-game losing streak with the win and improves to 8-15 and 4-8 in the Sun Belt. NT sweeps the season series against the Ragin’ Cajuns and ties the series at 13-13. The Ragin’ Cajuns fall to 3-20 and 0-12 in the conference.
Jackson missed the opening layup of the game but grabbed her own offensive rebound and was successful on her second layup attempt, giving North Texas a lead it would not relinquish. The one rebound was all Jackson needed to surpass Empress Drane’s all-time rebounding record of 716. Jackson had tied the record in the Mean Green’s last game against South Alabama. The senior finished the game with nine rebounds, giving her 725 career rebounds.
Brittney James led the Mean Green in scoring with 19 points. Seventeen of those points were scored in the second half. After Jackson scored the first basket for the Mean Green in the second period, James went on to score eight of NT’s next 10 points.
James led four players in double-figures. Jackson and Yari Escalera both finished with 12 points each, while Tricia Lee recorded 10 points.
The Mean Green quickly jumped out to a 19-point lead, 28-9, with 9:00 left in the first half. Jackson, Jo Hall and Jeanee’ Thompson led NT at the half with eight points apiece. North Texas held ULL to seven field goals on 26.9 percent shooting in the first half.
The Ragain’ Cajuns outscored the Mean Green, 40-36, in the second half, but it was not enough to take the lead. ULL cut the lead to 12 points, 54-42, with 9:58 left in the game but was never able to bring the NT lead down to single digits.
Alexis Green and Mercedes Johnson led ULL with 20 and 18 points, respectively.
North Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 11 when it faces New Orleans on the road.