DENTON (2/8/06) In the final home game of her career, senior Erika Bobo tied a career high with 23 points to lead the North Texas women’s basketball team to a 69-64 victory against Middle Tennessee on Wednesday night in the Super Pit.
The Mean Green (17-6, 7-4 Sun Belt) defeated the Blue Raiders for the first time since 2002. NT remains in first place in the West Division of the Sun Belt, while Middle Tennessee falls to 14-8 and 7-2 in the conference.
Bobo scored nine points and recorded three steals in the opening five minutes of the game to help the Mean Green jump out ahead, 13-4. In the final four minutes of the game, Bobo scored six points and forced three steals to seal the win for the Mean Green.
The Blue Raiders led by as many as nine points, 55-46, in the second half, before the Mean Green scored 15 unanswered points to take a six-point lead, 61-55 with 4:00 left in the game. It was the Mean Green’s first lead of the second half.
The Blue Raiders kept the game close, cutting the lead to one point, twice, in the final two minutes. Bobo forced a key steal and made the ensuing layup to put North Texas ahead by three, 65-62, with 1:00 on the clock, and then Mia Ajekwu pulled down a defensive rebound in the final seconds after MT missed two baskets on its last possession.
The Mean Green turned over the ball five times in those last two minutes. North Texas committed 27 turnovers in the game, a season high.
North Texas shot a season-best 58.3 percent from the field. The last time the Mean Green shot the ball that well was in 2001 when it beat Middle Tennessee.
The Mean Green led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Middle Tennessee fought back and entered half ahead by two, 31-29.
Freshman Sanetra Jackson joined Bobo in double figures with 11 points, tying a personal best.
North Texas takes to the road for the remainder of the season, starting with Western Kentucky on Saturday at 2 pm.