Mean Green Host FIU In Play 4 Kay Game
North Texas Looks To Surpass Last Season's C-USA Win Total
DENTON — The North Texas women’s basketball team hosts Florida International Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. in its final home game before its longest conference road trip of the season.
The Mean Green (8-14, 5-6 C-USA) are riding a two-game winning streak after they beat Florida Atlantic by 22 points Thursday night at home. The win, their fifth in Conference USA, tied last season’s conference win total with still seven games remaining on the schedule.
Saturday, the FIU Panthers (5-17, 3-8 C-USA) head to Denton on a three-game losing streak and having lost six of its last seven, with the one win coming against C-USA winless Florida Atlantic.
With a win Saturday, North Texas would move to 6-6 in conference play. It would be the first time since the Mean Green joined C-USA that they owned a conference winning percentage of .500 or above this late in the season and would tie the program record for wins in C-USA.
Saturday’s game will be aired live on KNTU 88.1 FM and live streamed on CUSA.tv.
North Texas had its largest conference win in just over four years with a 79-57 home win over Florida Atlantic Thursday night. The Mean Green shot over 50 percent for the game and received a career-best contribution from sophomore Tyara Warren. The Plano native scored 18 points and had nine rebounds as the Mean Green pulled away in the final quarter and a half. Defensively, North Texas continued the theme of stopping the opposing team’s best scorer as FAU’s Sasha Cedeno scored just three points on 1-of-11 shooting.
The Panthers are one of the best free throw shooting teams in C-USA, making 70 percent of their attempts. However, their average of 56 points scored per game is the lowest and their 75 points given up per game is the highest. FIU averages nearly eight steals per game, the fifth best in conference. FIU has just one road win on the season, at Florida Atlantic on Jan. 26.
Saturday’s game at the Super Pit is the Mean Green’s annual Play 4 Kay game, which helps raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Fans who attend are encouraged to wear pink.