DENTON (2/7/07) The North Texas women’s basketball team cut a 17-point deficit to three in the last minutes of the game but came up short, 69-65, against New Orleans on Wednesday night in the Super Pit.
The Privateers (8-17, 2-12 Sun Belt) snapped an eight-game losing streak and won its first game against the Mean Green (6-16, 3-9) in the last seven meetings.
New Orleans opened the second half with a 20-9 run to take its largest lead of the game, 54-37, with 9:57 left in the game. With six minutes left, Tricia Lee led the Mean Green on a 14-2 run to come within three, 65-62 at 1:09. Lee hit two three-pointers in the run, including the shot from behind the arc that cut the UNO lead to three. The sophomore finished the game one point shy of tying a career high with 16 points.
La’Della English scored four of the final seven points of the game to help UNO hold onto the victory. She led all scorers with 21 points, hitting 3-of-5 from behind the arc. The Privateers were 7-for-15 from the three-point range.
Erica Howard scored in double figures for the second game in a row with 12 points. She also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for the Mean Green. Brittney James came off the bench to score 10 points, six of those came from the free throw line.
The Mean Green shot 88.2 percent (15-for-17) from the charity stripe. Howard and Sanetra Jackson both were a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Jackson came off the bench to score nine points in 14 minutes of action.
Talicia Sanders gave North Texas a 12-11 advantage midway through the first half. New Orleans went on a 14-2 run to take a lead it would not relinquish. The Mean Green cut the UNO lead late in the first half, but the Privateers scored the final five points of the half to stay ahead.
With her three rebounds tonight, Sanders became the 11th player in North Texas history to have 500 rebounds in her career with 503. She needs only three more to move into the top 10 all-time at North Texas.
The Mean Green returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 10 when it plays Louisiana Monroe at noon on the road.